Wednesday, 30 April 2014

First Thursdays 60s Edition 1st May thats TOMORROW!

I'm almost packed up to head up to First Thursdays tomorrow eve. Its a fannnntastic event in, on and around Kroad. Plenty of colour, craft, and creativity, class, crazy and coooool.  Sew Love will be popping up a craft station in St Kevins Arcade amongst some other awesome stuff like a vintage makeover from Decadia beehive yes please! A chance to have your vintage photographed with the NZ Fashion Museum, and have a page through the latest issue of Glory Days Magazine (which I get to write the Mend & Make Do section for -yay!) and many more exciting things happening about the place. so much as always with First Thursdays, my fav inner city event!
Isn't it such a sweet joy receiving snail mail, and especially when it's been handcrafted using old vintage facts, photos and trims n things...We did a postcard making workshop at Splore back in Feb and it was so stunning seeing what people came up with. This time around its 60s inspired... Sent from the 60s...Sent to the 60s...Sent to someone who should've lived in the 60s (I know a few paisley lovers out there). Fabric, wool, embroidery & Womens Weekly 1969. Your kinda bliss? Come join us! its all free thanks to Kroad Business Association yahoo what an awesome crew putting on such awesomeness!
So I am packing up all these retro clippings and adding to it some colourful fabric, wool, embroidery thread and sequins. Ready to make the best psychedelic postcards you can imagine! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Who made your clothes?

Today April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day. It's been 1 year since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and today we remember those who lost their lives, and those injured, orphaned, and the families who now have that burden on them. The truth is: Fast fashion is never cheap, somebody pays a big price for it somewhere.  Today is all about asking the question:
WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES? 
Check out Fashion Revolution for more!
I know where my shoes are made, they are made in Bali under regulated conditions under an ethical manufacturing initiative by Wear Clothing. They're a NZ small business, and Jyoti Morningstar is the owner. She is a warm spirited person who cares for sustainability, fair and ethical rights for all. 

Meanwhile, the denim jeans i've cut to shorts (XLNT) are made in China as per the label. But the shirt (Lady's Fashion) and the jacket (Florida Adams) don't even say where they're made!?! Its worth noting however, I bought all of these 2nd hand, the blazer has a ripped lining so it was $2, the shirt &shorts were part of a fill-a-bag-for-$5 bargain. I am a firm believer that there are economical options to feel good wearing sustainable fashion. So opting for chain stores purely on their price tag is not good enough in my books. Think WHO made this? WHERE was this made? in WHAT conditions?
So turn yourself inside out, take some pictures and join this social media campaign
 #insideout #whomadeyourclothes #fashionrevolution #ethicalfashion #ranaplaza 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sew Love Turns ONE !!

It's been an incredible one whole year since I launched this website and officially set the plan for Sew Love Tea Do. I have tried my best to find the balance between making & sewing and business admin...to then find the balance between work and play is even harder. Though of course its all a part of the fun and testing times of 'living the dream' and working for yourself right. I definitely have learned a lot and no regrets baby!!
 Over the year the clan and I have been popping up at all kinds of events: Small, big and humungus. It  has been exhilerating and challenging, and all a whirlwind of crazy really. The most brilliant thing is seeing the creations that people make!! At these workshops it is really inspiring and encouraging to continue on with my dream seeing how happy people are setting some time aside to make/craft/create and what funky, out there, gorgeous stuff they are making too. Sew cool!
I seriously seriously couldn't have been able to be here today looking back at all the events and fab times if it wasn't for the support of so many outstanding friends and family. You wonderful people up in Auckland opening your homes, pantry's and calendars to include and accommodate the travelling Sarah (YES YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE YOU STARS) it has been so so amazing to have you so on board. To my dearest Erin & Laura who have literally tee'd up events for me, carried the box loads, come along and worked their magic and creative talents, and picked me up off the floor when I needed the extra heave-ho. I truly am so grateful for all the time and energy you have given to this dream. & no thank you speech goes by without thanking the ma and pa. These two have put up with the back end of Sew Love the hoarding, the 'creative chaos'/mess the hoarding...did I note that already? They've put a roof over my head and food in my mouth. I count myself so lucky to be able to receive that love.
AND to all you wonderful followers, the cheerleaders, the eco warriors and enthusiasts, god I love you all so much and thank you for cheering loudly on this journey of conscious consumerism, mending and making do, up-cycling, creativity the lot! woo! 
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY SEW LOVE COMMUNITY.
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