My name is Eimear and I live in Galway in the west of Ireland. This blog started off as bit of a ‘pet project’ to see if I could make all my own clothes. Like a lot of people, as I had started to notice a certain imbalance in the way we buy (and throw) clothing. Charity shops have far more clothes than they can sell, and a lot of clothing consumption is done without a thought for social and environmental impact. Some donated clothes to charity shops are good but don’t sell as they are the wrong shape or size, so I also wanted to see if it was possible to remake them – and remake them better.
I used sew as a teen and when I left school, I did an apprenticeship in factory cutting, before going to fashion college (changing later to Fine Art print), so I am able to pattern draft and sew, and now my objective is to produce a range of sewing patterns suitable for upcycling clothes with as I found that commercial patterns can be limiting in this regard.
Patterns are on – https://www.craftsy.com/profile/upsew
Remaking has many advantages –
- the fabric has already proved it durability and laundering (so no shrinkage)
- The hand/fall/hang of the garment is evident so its easier to assess suitability
- its an inexpensive way to learn and perfect sewing techniques
- its an inexpensive way to build a basic wardrobe
- its a good challenge for sewing and pattern making skills
- and the environmental aspect of saving garments from potential landfill/down-cycling, not buying new, and the hand made is potentially better made and longer lasting.
Thanks for dropping by,