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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.…

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How to make a water bottle carrier – up-cycle project.

By Julia Claridge | August 12, 2022
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I recently made a bag from old denim jeans. It was a bag I wanted to take away on holiday that would contain all the essentials and be practical for days out. The bag worked really well and travelled with me on holiday and has been all over the place ever since. I am working…

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How to create a strong faux flat-lock seam with an overlocker.

By Julia Claridge | April 29, 2022
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How to create a strong faux flat-lock seam with an overlocker. A cover stitch machine can offer a professional finish for sports and jersey garments. It can create neat hems and flat covered seams that are ideal for sports wear. However unless you plan to make a lot of sports garments or garments that require…

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