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By Sewn Sustainably, Apr 13 2017 07:58PM

Positive change is coming to the world of fashion with more and more people asking who made their clothes and where? Were workers paid fairly? Did they have good, safe working conditions?


This year's Fashion Revolution takes place on 24-30 April. Its aim is to create global awareness about the serious damage caused by fast fashion. From environmental pollution caused by cotton farming, to textile workers being paid low wages and suffering in poor working conditions, the fast fashion industry is now considered one of the biggest pollutants in the world. And, we amongst many other people joining this movement, think it's time for us all to stand up and make a change.



The bleak reality of landfill.
The bleak reality of landfill.

How can you help?

There's lots of ways you can help minimise the negative effects of fast fashion and we think one of them is sewing your own clothes.


Learning to sew your own clothes means you're taking an active step in ensuring the clothes you wear have been made ethically and sustainably without causing harm to people or the planet. If you're new to sewing, don't worry, we've launched more dates for our popular sewing classes in Cambridge that are perfect for beginners. We'll walk you through every step of setting up and using a sewing machine as well as getting you started making your first stitches. What's more you'll leave with a handmade item to cherish! Those with sewing experience are invited to sign up for our intermediate sewing classes in Cambridge which teach classic, capsule garments like classic skirts and the classic white shirt. Based at several locations around Cambridge, you're bound to find a sewing class that is suitable for you. What's more, our sewing classes encourage sustainability in sewing as we'll either provide fabric for you that we can verify is organic, fair trade and sustainable, or offer you a discount to spend at leading ethical fabric supplier, Offset Warehouse!


Where do you hold your sewing classes?

Our beginner sewing classes include learning to sew a cushion cover with added applique details if you're feeling confident with your new skills or learning to sew the perfect skirt for summer (no zips!). These sewing classes are held at the gorgeous eco-friendly eatery, Cofifteen in Cherry Hinton or Parkside Community College in Cambridge.


For more advanced sewists, we're running our popular Classic Shirt sewing class taking place over two Saturdays (22 & 29 April) at The Kaetsu Centre in Cambridge. This sewing class includes free organic cotton poplin fabric and organic thread, plus a free printed copy of a Vogue sewing pattern. There are a couple of places still available so book soon to avoid disappointment.


You can check out our sewing classes at www.sewn-sustainably.com or email us at hello@sewn-sustainably.com for more details or to enquire about private sewing lessons in Cambridge.



By Sewn Sustainably, Jan 2 2017 05:55PM



The textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world. Estimates suggest that over 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away annually in the UK alone*. That's one million tonnes, of which 50% is recyclable, however reports state that only 25% is recycled in the UK, which means all that scrap textile waste is sitting in landfill causing the environment a myriad of problems.