I made a simple wrap around skirt a lovely linen cotton mix printed with delightful carp delineated in a typically Japanese style. I don’t know where the fabric was originally from and doubt it boasts any organic or fair trade credentials but it was bought locally from Leeds Kirkgate Market.
I prefer to use natural fibres because on consideration they are the greenest, biodegradable option and, even better, they don’t shed plastic microfibres when washed.
Just in case you need it, here is a quick intro to synthetic, regenerated, combination and natural fibres here. And more reasons why I prefer natural fabrics over the others can be found here.
I used the huge Synthetic Circular Skirt as a base pattern. Not all of it as it is HUGE! I removed a section and there was still plenty of wrap. Some how I managed to cut it wrong so the hem swoops up. I pretend the waterfall effect was intended….. it wasn’t…shhhhh
Fixtures & Fittings
Being a wrap skirt it needed no zip but rather than a tie I went for fixings which are are all metal. The trouser hooks and eyes can be bought loose on Leeds market. The huge press studs come on cardboard backing. This is a truly plastic free skirt!
It was cut out with all metal scissors from the C. Booths Hardware Shop in Huddersfield, sewn together using organic cotton on a wooden reel and made using plastic free sewing supplies (you can find them here).
- Natural fibres
- Fabric was bought plastic free – no packaging
- Supporting a local fabric shop
- Homemade by me
- Made with plastic free sewing supplies
- Pattern allows for plastic free fixings.
Weighs In At 414g.
Why the weighing? Well this item of clothing is counted as part of my fair share fabrics project. This is a self imposed rationing system. I use no more than my global share of fibres and they have to be sustainably sourced. Whats a global share? Share out all the fibres made by all the people on the planet and it works out, (very roughly), 11.74 kg per person of which 3.8 kg is natural fibres. As I don’t like synthetics I try to stick to 3.8 kg of natural fibres. Here are the figures in full.
- Textile Index
- Fabrics used in 2016
- Whats counts as sustainable – read our clothing manifesto
- More sewing….