I’ve been surrounded by creativity and resourcefulness since I can remember. My mother sewed our clothes when we were young. Even our school uniforms! My father made our Christmas presents and he built one of our homes.

 Am not keen on posing in outfits

When I reached teenage years, I so badly wanted “bought’ clothes. I got a job and spent my wages on shop clothes.

Wearing my tapestry top – find the FREE pattern

But you can’t fight your DNA. It didn’t take long before I was wanting to make my own clothes. My school grades were never all that, but the one subject I did excel at was Home Economics. I went on to study Home Economics at college.


I added side stripe to these pants

The strong desire to make clothes and accessories out of anything from old sheets, food packaging or electrical cable must border on a bit of a compulsion.

My husband who got me started blogging

I don’t see waste, I see necklaces, caftans, earrings and skirts.

But it’s also driven by wanting to live a greener lifestyle. This blog is not about me posing in a zillion outfits.

Greenie in Kwa Zulu Natal

I’m not stylish. This blog is about  how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

You may notice that apart from neutrals, the only colour I ever wear is green. Many years ago someone told me that green is an excellent colour to heal a broken heart.

Turns out I have a green fetish. I don’t think of it as only green. To me it’s olive, apple, lime, mint, grass, emerald, jade, chartreuse, forest, avocado, teal, fern, forest  . . . .


My commitment to a greener lifestyle extends further. I’ve been vegetarian three and a half decades (trying to be vegan now), ride a scooter and our home is as eco friendly as we can make it.

My husband and I live in Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Lucky us!

My daughter posing for this blog

We travel due to his job. And he has a boat in Europe. I write about our travels in my other blog – Green Point Greenie.

My mother getting crafty with a table

Size: –
I am a UK dress size 10. (In most stores)  If my patterns don’t allow you to take your own measurements then they have been made to fit me. Most of the garments I make are loose comfy fit items and should fit someone a size or two either way. If your size is significantly larger or smaller then you will have to adjust the pattern to fit.

My father and I on a boat in Knysna

Contact me: –
I love hearing from you. Nothing makes me happier than hearing about something you made as a result of this blog. Suggestions are also always welcome.

Find Greenie Dresses for Less on – Google+ Facebook or Pinterest.

Or contact me direct at – kfletch@mweb.co.za – or – fletcherkarenlouise18@gmail.com.

All the very best,




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