When you’ve invested your time, money and effort into creating your own hand sewn garments, the last thing you want is for them to be ruined after their first wash. Your fabric may shrink, colours may run, the texture, the way the fabric feels and hangs could change. To avoid this, the care process begins before you’ve even made the first stitch… Continue reading
“Fast fashion” is a term used to refer to clothing that is produced very quickly and very cheaply, to respond to changing trends in fashion. If you live in the UK, think of Primark, H&M and more expensive shops like Next and Topshop.
One of the reasons I started dressmaking was because I was fed up with wandering around shops picking up garments I barely liked, because they were cheap and happened to fit “okay”.
I’ve realised that since I’ve been making my own clothes, I haven’t bought anything new. I’ve bought one or two items from charity shops. So I’ve vowed to quit buying Fast Fashion for good.
Well… there’s no more Great British Sewing Bee. It was over so quickly! At least we have the book to keep us going. I really wanted to make something simple during the week and made the Sleeveless Shell Top from the book.
Simon’s shirt – Soon to be salvaged for fabric
It is possible to whip up new clothes out of fabric which has cost you nothing or very close to nothing.
Here are my suggestions for salvaging fabric from various sources.
There’s a vast amount of information online regarding what kit a budding dressmaker should own and it can feel like the list is never ending. Not to mention the escalating budget required!
Above: I’m guilty of buying way too much before I even started.
So here is, in my opinion, the absolute basic kit a beginner dressmaker/tailor will need. For less than £65.