Welcome to my website! I’m Kate, a Netherlands based sewist, textile addict and sustainable sewing writer and teacher. For 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 … and now I knit and am trying my hand at leathercraft as well!
My blog aims to inspire makers to get crafty, and on the sustainability front I sometimes write posts 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?
Crafting is a small niche and I look to fashion as a wider context when it comes to sustainability. I love inspiring stories of people working for change within the fashion industry – read some of them here. But equally important are the stories of individuals like you and me, who make things and 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 generally on Instagram: @timetosew.
Want to work with me?
As well as the promotional fabric/pattern work, I offer sewing instruction editing services, blogging and sample making. Details here.
Where else I’ve been….
Check Your Thread – May 2022 – a podcast about sewing and sustainability
un:CUT podcast – Feb 2021
Fibre Mood pattern magazine
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.
Read my blogger interview with Fibre Mood here:
Sew News, Feb/Mar 2019, Apr/May 2019, June/July 2019
A 3 part series on sustainable sewing for US magazine Sew News (only available in the print version)
Stitchers Brew Podcast, October 2018
A chat with my Alex, Gabby and Megan about all things sustainable sewing – its a long but lighthearted episode!
Declutter your sewing space podcast, September 2018
An episode where my friend Pilar and I talk about #makeyourstash, minimalism vs maximalism and our sewing spaces
Clothes Making Mavens podcast, June 2018
Suzy Magazine, Spring 2018
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 wrote a number of sustainablity themed posts (read them all here).