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How to Sew Sustainably

Recycling, reusing, and remaking with fabric

A technique-led guide to creating new items to wear and for your home, using fabric scraps from other projects, discarded home textiles, and used clothing.

Wendy Ward teaches you all the skills and techniques you need to refashion garments and reuse fabric from existing pieces you already own, plus ways to use up your leftover scraps to make useful and beautiful household items, and to customize your clothes. Each chapter focusses on a different technique, for instance using small fabric pieces for appliqué and patchwork, larger fabric pieces to make pieced household linens such as tablecloths and curtains, and ways to recycle clothing including dyeing, inserting panels, and combining two garments into one. The "zero waste" chapter shows you how to make simple garments from pieced (patchwork) fabric, and there's a useful chapter on mending techniques, which can be decorative as well as functional. Wendy also covers the ethical issues involved in buying new, from shopping locally to choosing your fibre carefully and supporting small businesses and other crafters. Each section includes projects using the techniques covered—a total of 20 makes that can be adapted to the materials you have to hand.

Wendy Ward has worked as a designer in the fashion industry since 2000—for a range of companies from niche retailers to large high street chains, including Matalan and M&S. In 2007 Wendy started teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting, and textiles for adults. She has a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and is a fully qualified teacher. In 2012 Wendy opened MIY Workshop in Brighton and launched the first of her own design sewing patterns. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is a regular contributor to Sewing World Magazine and her first book My Fashion Label about fashion design for kids was published in 2014. Her first sewing book for adults The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking was also published in 2014, and Wendy is the author of three books with CICO Books: A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts, A Beginner's Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics, and Sewing Basics for Every Body. Wendy lives in Sheffield, UK.

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