Welcome to my website! I’m Kate, a Netherlands based sewist, textile addict and sustainable sewing writer. For the last 10 years, I’ve been making my own clothes and finding my personal style. As well as constantly looking to improve my sewing skills (I’ve done many a tailoring and couture course), I also studied sustainable fashion because just sewing stuff isn’t enough for me.
My blog aims to cut through greenwash, share information from reliable sources, and demystify what is behind the fabrics in our clothes and the stuff we sew with every day. Where does it come from? How is it made? If we knew, would we act any differently?
Sewing is a small niche and I look to fashion as a wider context when it comes to sustainability. There are so many inspiring stories of people working for change within the fashion industry – you can read some of them here. But equally important are the stories of individuals like you and me, who sew and who value the clothing they have, make, mend or upcycle (or all of the above!).
For the rest, I am 30 something-year-old from Australia with a background in financial consulting and banking. I landed in London in 2012 and relocated to the Netherlands in 2019. My sewing makes are on Instagram: @timetosew.
Want to work with me?
I offer sewing instruction editing services, blogging and sample making. Details here.
Where else I’ve been…
I’m a Conversation Manager for Fibre Mood pattern magazine – you’ll see me hosting the Fibre Mood social sewalongs on Instagram Live each month and also behind the scenes editing sewing instructions and managing the English speaking blogger network.
A 3 part series on sustainable sewing for US magazine Sew News (only available in the print version)
A chat with my Alex, Gabby and Megan about all things sustainable sewing – its a long but lighthearted episode!
An episode where my friend Pilar and I talk about #makeyourstash, minimalism vs maximalism and our sewing spaces
This issue was all about a conscious wardrobe and I was lucky enough to be on the cover!
This is a popular sewing blog focussed on diversity and inclusion. In 2018 I was a guest editor and I still write the occasional sustainable sewing post (read them all here).