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Top tips: How to sew more sustainably

We were very excited to welcome Zoe Edwards to the Sew Sustainable Fair. Zoe shared with us her key learnings from interviewing guests on her popular podcast Check Your Thread. Over the past 18 months, Zoe has interviewed a wide range of guests that explore the many and varied ways we can sew, and live, more sustainably. Zoe talks about what she has learnt, as well as her own formula for making clothes more sustainably. Zoe will share that formula alongside heaps of tips for how you can make clothes that you will love, and that will see tons of wear.

Video recording of Zoe Edward’s talk: How to sew more sustainably

About Zoe

Zoe has been blogging since 2008 and posts on Instagram @sozoblog. She is a sewing teacher, blogger, writer and mum who is obsessed with sewing and passionate about sustainability. Zoe started her blog ‘So,Zo…What Do You Know?’ Thirteen years ago, and created the popular wardrobe challenge ‘Me-Made-May’ a couple of years after.

Now a major fixture in the sewing-and-making community, ‘Me-Made-May’ has thousands of participants each year, all pledging to wear their ‘me-mades’ more, or in new ways, with the goal of learning lessons to improve their relationships with their handmade wardrobes.

Zoe has taught sewing and dress making classes for eight years at various places including ‘Sew Over It’, ‘Tilly and the Buttons’ and ‘The Village Haberdashery’.

During lockdown in 2020, she wrote a book about mending and altering clothing called ‘Mend It, Wear It, Love It’ that was published by DK in 2021.

Like many, she is increasingly concerned about the climate crisis and the impact her lifestyle has on the planet. ‘Check your Thread’ podcast was born out of her desire to look at ways to reduce this impact through the lens of her love of sewing’. And so often lessons learned in one area of life can be transferred to others.

About Check Your Thread Podcast

Each week Check Your Thread looks at how to sew more sustainable, through inspiring conversation and fun explorations. For those of us who are concerned about the climate crisis but love sewing our own clothes, it’s an opportunity to nerd out about garment sewing, whilst figuring out ways to reduce the impact it may have on the planet. Hosted by Zoe Edwards.

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