What does that mean to you? Do you still want to carry on buying lots of clothes, but not exploit workers? Or want a Minimal Capsule Wardrobe which makes getting dressed in the morning easy? The issues around our current apetite for fast fashion have been written about widely, here they are again – in … More So you want a Sustainable Wardrobe?
I’ve been thinking about taking up this challenge again this year. A brilliant way to get us thinking about the amount of clothes we own, and what we really need. My winter wardrobe consists of: Jeans (vintage Levis) Grey long sleeve tee shirt Grey silk blouse Navy Cardigan (upcycled from a jumper – will make … More Six Items Challenge
Having watched Channel 4 Dispatches on 23rd January, here are some thoughts: If you are paying £19.99 for a garment on line what is the retailer paying the factory to make it? Do we really think they will be paying enough for the factory to then pay the workers minimum wage? That £19.99 has to … More Britain’s Cheap Clothes
Having looked at the issues of pollution and waste. Now we will look at what the industry is doing to address these. One way to reduce pollution is a closed loop system, where the excess dye and chemicals are recovered from the water and reused. This allows for the water that is discharged to be … More Dying to Dye Textiles: part 2 of 3
I’m starting my exploration of fast fashion issues with dyeing. I got interested in this after spending a lot of time using dyes during my Textiles Degree. Latterly using locally available materials rather than commercial dyes and working out how to fix them to wool without the use of harmful substances. Today I will look … More Dying to Dye Textiles: part 1 of 3
Studying my Textiles Degree has made me need to find a way to challenge the paradigm of Fast Fashion, or perhaps it should be called industrial fashion. Talking about it on the blog seems best way for me to start. This year I want to explore the issues, and there are many, and they are … More My Plan for a New Blogging Year
I have neglected my blog since returning to university. I have been kept busy designing my 1st collection of interior fabrics and studying sustainable fashion and textiles for my essay. I shall be sharing some of my insights with you, I suppose I could just post the whole 2500 words! that would be a chunky … More Textile Design Degree year 2
I still have romantic notions about what I will wear on holiday. The reality is that we do lots of walking during the day, so I wear walking boots, and walking kit. By the time we go to the pub later, I am often still in walking kit. Some of the time I did manage … More Holiday Wardrobe Reality
My wardrobe isn’t perfect… Trying on my summer clothes confirmed that, yes, I really had put a bit of weight on over winter. Time to cut out the biscuits and get some more exercise. The print dress is still ok, but fitting both a petticoat (for decency) and a tee-shirt (for warmth) is making … More Summer Capsule Wardrobe (part 2)
Good news! White Stuff Tweeted back with a link to their blog here. Oh…. and I got a RT by @jpflintoff too! White Stuff take seriously the need for us to know that the people sewing our clothes are treated fairly and work in safe conditions. I’m hoping that as a result of Fashion … More Who Made My Tee Shirt?