So, this year I pledge to wear something me-made every day and, over the course of the month, wear all the 'not sure' clothes at least once and get rid of them if they don't work.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week and there seems to be a lot more interest in it this year than last which is fantastic, people are being encouraged to ask brands "who made my clothes?" to encourage transparency in the garment industry. A lot of people who read this will make their own clothes so the question should be "Who made my fabric?"
This is one of the main reasons I started sewing. I couldn't afford a wardrobe entirely made up of People Tree and Seasalt clothes, both are the only brands I buy new and have fantastic ethics records from fabric to manufacture, but I could afford organic cotton and second hand fabric. Most of my second hand fabric comes from other peoples stash clear outs, gifts or from the charity shops and new fabric almost always comes from The Organic Textile Company or Kitschy Coo.
I did find a new place to spend my money recently though...
While we were away in Islay during the Easter holidays we visited the Islay Woolen Mill which will now be my go to place for anything wooly!
I was in heaven. They use local wool to weave into gorgeous tweeds and tartans and have done work on fabric for films, including the Braveheart film tartan. The man who owns the mill, Gordon, moved from Yorkshire 40 years ago and restored the Islay Mill to it's former glory, and it really was glorious!
The fabric was £39/m which I thought was amazing value given that you can see every part of the process in the building and the fabric itself is fantastic quality, think Harris Tweed but smoother and less hairy!
So, who made your fabric?
There are various Fashion Revolution events happening in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the next few days, see them all here.
|It was on the hanger squint, the hem isn't really squint :)|
I made something! It has been a long time since I made something for me, what with Mum, business and diabetes, my sewing time has been limited. The last thing I made, last October, sits in my basket of doom waiting for fitting issues to be resolved... It is one of those things that has lots of emotions tied up in it because of when I was making it (please say other folk find this and I am not as crazy as I feel) so I am not sure it will ever be finished.
Last week I found myself with a free evening (gasp!) so I raked out this fantastic Girl Charlee jersey fabric that I won in a giveaway that Helen at Just Sew Therapeutic ran last year and, after some deliberation about patterns, set to work on my 6th Lady Skater.
The only think I did differently this time was that I cut the bodice in the size bigger than I normally would so there was little need for it to stretch over my bust, it is printed jersey so goes white when stretched too much.
|Awful photo I know but it really was the best of a bad lot and I was freezing!|
Now if spring would just appear so I could actually wear something that doesn't contain or need layered with, wool that would be great...
I have fallen heir to some more sewing things, rather excitingly that includes this fab heavy duty Singer that comes in its own cupboard!
My Dad's friends Sister (!) was a seamstress in a factory and, being used to working on industrial machines, bought this in the 80's to use at home. It is too heavy for her to put up and down now so she has given it to me!
I have no idea where I will put it, I think my sewing room is going to have to be totally redone to fit it in but as you can't see the floor at the moment that is no bad thing!
She also gave me a bag of zips , poppers, thread, patterns and trims and also a pile of fabric!
Now I really need to get sewing things with my stash, maybe over the Easter break...
I knew that the drinking was a symptom of diabetes but thought I was being paranoid. Until I googled and spoke to a friend who's husband had diabetes. I got an emergency GP appointment and within 2 hours we were in the Sick Kids in Edinburgh with a almost certain Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis for little e. We were lucky, we caught it fairly quickly before she was seriously ill.
We have now survived 6 days at home, giving 5 or 6 insulin injections a day and carb counting everything we eat. Little e is already doing her own blood glucose readings, about 10 a day. My poor wee girl is a pin cushion :( She is being so amazingly brave and taking it all in her stride. I think because we caught this early she doesn't really appreciate how serious this can be. She was off school all last week and will probably do back next week after the diabetes nurse has visited the school. Not sure either of us want her to go back to school, we enjoyed some lovely time together last week!
Still no sewing happening that is not work...