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|
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|
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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.
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All the very best,