Hi Everyone, this is the last blog post for 2022. The blog is now on “annual leave” until late January-ish.
Many thanks indeed for reading, commenting, and suggesting useful stuff. I send each post off into the digital realm each week with little idea of who actually reads it (other than my mum) so it thrills me to connect!
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Before signing off for the year, here are some of the highlights…
Two new zero waste pdf patterns got unleashed – zero waste culottes, and doll’s clothes for the zero waste cloth doll. The doll clothes and original doll pattern are still 25% off until 25th December.
At the beginning of the year, I felt the urge to start writing a new book: A Year of Zero Waste Sewing – A year of exploration, making and musings on zero waste patterns and clothes. This time, I’m experimentally publishing it in instalments as an e-zine. January is here (free), February to May are done, and June-July-August are underway.
A big highlight was doing freelance work with some other zero waste patternmakers for Decathalon, the world’s largest sporting clothes retailer. Decathalon spent a year trialing minimal waste patterncutting to see if it was worthwhile $$$-wise. It turned out it was. The program was broadened to their 80+ brands and part of it was inviting freelancers to look at their existing patterns and generate ideas for reducing the fabric yield. We chose which garments to work on and gave a zoom presentation at the end. I’ll admit I found it incredibly stressful and hard, but ultimately it improved my confidence and helped me cement some zero waste ideas including tessellations. I don’t normally do so much patternmaking in one hit so it was a change.
Alas, I got covid in June, which stretched into long covid, and 6 months on my brain is not so sharp and I get very tired easily. If there’s any silver lining, I have absolutely no problem getting off to sleep at night!
It’s been a year of collaborations, including the Making Zen Online Retreat, a lecture on zero waste sewing for Create + Sustain, and a jacket-with-sashiko stitching collaboration with artist Kate Ward. I also continued to write learn-to-sew blog posts for The Pattern Pages.
I was honoured to be a guest on episode #31 of the Check Your Thread podcast, hosted by Zoe Edwards, creator of the Me-Made-May challenge. Chatting afterwards, she queried whether I could do a zero waste Me-Made-May, and I gave it a whirl – here’s the wrapup.
Gee, now that I’m writing this, it looks like a pretty full year!
Thank You for following along with my creative adventures during the year! I hope you’ve been inspired and encouraged to try something new. Wishing you an enjoyable Christmas, Festive Season and New Year.
Cheers! Liz x