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Expert Advice For Clothing Care: Top Tips

By Julia Claridge | March 28, 2024
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We often emphasise the importance of mindful purchasing, opting for ethically made pieces, minimising overconsumption, and making sustainable choices. Yet, fabric care tends to be overlooked.  Properly caring for our garments not only ensures their longevity, but also significantly reduces our environmental footprint. Here’s a quick guide on how to care for different fabrics, extending…

Tips on Making The Most Sustainable Fashion Choices

By Julia Claridge | March 21, 2024
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In recent years, the fashion industry has undergone a transformation driven by the growing awareness of sustainability. Consumers are now turning their attention to the clothes they wear, opting for sustainable alternatives and seeking to create their own clothing.  This shift in consumers’ mindsets has mostly stemmed from the effects of fast fashion that has…

Differences Between Interfacing, Lining, and Interlining In Garment Construction - blog

Differences Between Interfacing, Lining, and Interlining In Garment Construction

By Julia Claridge | February 28, 2024
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Building a garment involves layers, structure, and attention to detail. Understanding the distinctions between interfacing, lining, and interlining is important when creating garments. This blog will highlight the key features of these linings and how to implement them into your garments and creatives. Interfacing:  Interfacing is the unsung hero of garment construction, providing support in…

Exploring the Dynamics of Fabric Feel and Behaviour Beyond Fibre Types -Blog

The Fabric Feel and Behaviour Beyond Fibre Types

By Julia Claridge | February 21, 2024
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The feel and behaviour of fabric can greatly influence our comfort and satisfaction with the clothes we wear. While the type of fibre used is important, other factors also play a significant role in determining the overall quality of the fabric. Let’s explore some of these factors in detail: Fibre Blends: Clothing manufacturers have long…

A Guide To Understanding Fabric Certifications: Blog

A Guide To Understanding Fabric Certifications

By Julia Claridge | January 24, 2024
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Following on from my mini guide series on buying fabric, this blog will cover the main fabric certifications. When it comes to fabric certifications, there are many that you may have come across while browsing fabrics. Certifications include GOTS, BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), GRS (Global Recycled Standard), Fairtrade, and many more. While there are many…

A Guide to Buying Fabrics Online: Fabric Construction - blog

A Guide to Buying Fabrics Online: Fabric Construction

By Julia Claridge | January 5, 2024
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Following on from my last blog post, we looked at the most common fabric fibre types. This blog will cover the different types of fabric construction including knitting, weaving, and more.  Mastering the ins and outs of fabrics is one of the most important aspects of designing.  Without a fundamental understanding of fabrics and their…

A Guide to Buying Fabrics Online - Understanding Fibres - Blog

A Guide to Buying Fabrics Online – Understanding Fibres

By Julia Claridge | December 18, 2023
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When it comes to buying fabrics, especially online, it can be a bit tricky. However, with a bit of knowledge, you can make an informed choice and buy the perfect fabric for your project. When it comes to understanding fabric, there are a few key components to consider. One of the most important is the…

A Guide To Sustainable Fabrics Blog

A Guide On Sustainable Fabrics

By Julia Claridge | December 8, 2023
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Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in today’s world, as we strive to balance our needs with the health of our planet. Clothing is no exception to this, as the industry poses unique challenges such as intensive agriculture, industrial pollution, and waste. However, promising solutions are emerging from new technology and conscientious production methods.…

How to make the Day-Out Backpack from repurposed fabric.

By Julia Claridge | September 1, 2023
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How to make the Day-Out Backpack from repurposed fabric. The pattern for this back pack is free to newsletter subscribers. If you already subscribe the details and password for access to the free patterns are published in every newsletter. The newsletter is published every two weeks. You can sign up to the newsletter here: Newsletter…

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Sustainable wardrobe challenge – Sam Chandler (Frugalisama)

By Julia Claridge | February 3, 2023
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This is the last in my series of sustainable wardrobe challenge posts. The first posts are published in the blogger network section of my blog. In this series of blog posts I have invited fellow sewists to create a new outfit from one of my patterns and gifted fabric from my shop with the following brief: The…