|My Envelope Dress|
This month our Stratford Garment Guild speaker was Liz Haywood, all the way from Australia (the joys of Zoom!) She shared her vast knowledge of zero waste sewing, and really inspired us. Zero waste is a new area for me and so it's all really fascinating -- how it means you have to think about design differently, and the potential for a lot less wasted fabric, not only for home sewists but for the industry. So much to think about.
The only zero waste pattern I've made thus far is the Envelope Dress by Criswood Sews I used a thrifted fabric for this one and used nearly all of it. It was a fun project and since the summer of 2020 when I made this one, I've seen many more zero waste patterns released. There are so many options to try out! I've ordered Liz Haywood's book Zero Waste Sewing for more info as well.
There are also great podcasts on the topic to investigate if you're interested in more on this subject. You can listen to them and find all sorts of links on their show notes pages.
Sew and Tell had a very recent episode on zero waste with lots of fun banter.
Check Your Thread, a podcast all about sustainability in sewing, had a solid episode on this theme last November.
Love To Sew had a zero waste episode last spring, and the show notes are extensive.
And Sew Organised Style, an Australian podcast, featured a full interview with Liz Haywood on this topic last year. It really is a cool topic to explore -- I hope you'll have fun with it!