Fashion Stories from My Wardrobe

All our clothes carry stories – stories of who made them, who wore them and our memories from when we are wearing them. Today I share with you three short stories from my wardrobe, items with different origins and stories to tell. And I invite you to share a story of a garment you loveContinue reading “Fashion Stories from My Wardrobe”

Understanding Grain Line

One of the most important aspects of sewing and working with fabric and patterns is the grain line.  Grainline is the line that the threads of the fabric run in, and is observed differently in woven and knit fabrics. Fabrics like felt do not have a grain line and can be cut in any directionContinue reading “Understanding Grain Line”

15 of my Favourite Sustainability X Fashion Quotes

I love finding wise words to inspire me on my sustainable fashion journey, so I hope that these will do the same for you! From iconic activists, to fashion designers and scientists these people come from all walks of life but love the same thing you and I do – sustainable and ethical fashion. PleaseContinue reading “15 of my Favourite Sustainability X Fashion Quotes”

Fashion, Fish & Microfibre-Plastics

Put your hand up if you’ve heard of microplastics. Now keep it up if you know what they are. And keep it there is you know what fashion has to do with it. If you hand is still up I’m impressed! It’s a topic I’ve seen some commentary around, but really not enough as itContinue reading “Fashion, Fish & Microfibre-Plastics”

Forecasting Fashion

The trends seem to change so fast these days, one minute we are wearing skinny jeans and the next they’ve been “cancelled” and flares are back in! But who decides these trends, and how do they decide? Let’s talk about fashion forecasting. Fashion forecasting is a method of predicting which trends will be popular basedContinue reading “Forecasting Fashion”

The Politics of Pockets

Did you know that pockets weren’t always common place in clothing, especially in women’s wear?  Now I hear you saying “we still don’t get pockets a lot of the time” and I know! But let me tell you a little history about the humble pocket.  You might not believe it, but the history of pocketsContinue reading “The Politics of Pockets”

Quintessential Australian Style

The land down under, a place like no where else on earth. We have unique wildlife, incredibly diverse landscapes from deserts to rainforests, snowy mountains to white sanded beaches and a climate to match.  For a long time fashion has been mirrored the world over, what happens in the European fashion houses has been reflectedContinue reading “Quintessential Australian Style”

My Favourite Seamstress Tools

As a seamstress there are so many tools I use frequently, so I thought I would share my favourite, most used and “I can’t live without” tools (apart from my sewing machines of course!). I do have a few links to some of my favourite stores, but I am not receiving any commission or kickbacks forContinue reading “My Favourite Seamstress Tools”

The Truth About Fabric Softener (and why you shouldn’t be using it)

Fabric softener makes our clothes smell pretty, keeps the towels fluffy and prevents wrinkles and static build up – but at what cost?  The way that fabric softener works is it contains a lubricating ingredient that coats the fibres of your clothes, towels, sheets etc. It also adds a positive charge to oppose the negativeContinue reading “The Truth About Fabric Softener (and why you shouldn’t be using it)”

What is all the hype about silk pillowcases?

Silk. It’s luxurious, shiny and highly coveted; and it’s made by little worms eating mulberry leaves… well that’s the silk worms I grew up with!  It’s soft on your skin and your hair – so let’s talk about why it’s so good (and why everyone is going crazy for silk pillowcases!).  Most of us useContinue reading “What is all the hype about silk pillowcases?”