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Sewing The Basic Instinct Tee

Sewing The Basic Instinct Tee

This month I have mostly been sewing, The Basic Instinct Tee. During lockdown I have started to realise that I need more relaxed comfy clothes. I realised that I always made more complicated clothing and hadn’t really tried any basics. I decided a good starting 

BIPOC Sewing businesses to support in the UK

BIPOC Sewing businesses to support in the UK

If like me you are struggling at how you can continue to support the BIPOC community on an everyday basis,. Hopefully this blog post is for you. I have compiled a list of Black owned sewing businesses, so I can make more conscience decisions to 

Top 5 sustainable underwear brands in Europe

Top 5 sustainable underwear brands in Europe

Where can I find sustainable underwear that will last and doesn’t cost the earth? Whether you are a long-time slow fashion enthusiast or a complete sustainability newbie, you have probably asked yourself this question. Finding good-quality ethical underwear can be a challenge and with this article, I hope to simplify it for you. These are my top 5 sustainable underwear brands, which I’m sure you will love as much as I do.

Organic Basics

girl adjusting organic basics sports bra

Organic Basics is one of the better-established brand names in the slow fashion community, for a good reason! To lower their impact on the environment, they choose more sustainable fabrics (such as organic cotton, tencel lyocell and recycled materials). They make their clothing in factories working on lowering their environmental impact and finally, design clothes that will last. If you are looking for super comfortable, timeless and simple sustainable underwear that you can wear under anything, Organic Basics are the way to go! I also wrote a full article about Organic Basics – Sustainable Fashion, so make sure to check it out.

For an exclusive 10% discount use my code RUBYROSEOB3

Brighton Lace

Brighton lace ruby rose underwear with plant

If basics are not for you and you would rather wear sexier, lacy underwear, look no further than Brighton Lace. They offer a range of beautiful lace and cashmere pieces, as well as some cotton essentials with lace details. Who said that sustainable underwear could not be fun? I certainly did not! What’s more, all their garments are crafted following the principles of slow fashion by a small team of seamstresses in Brighton, which not only shows the high ethical standard of the company but also lowers their carbon footprint.

WUKA

WUKA sustainable underwear period pants plastic free ruby rose

That time of the month? Ditch unsustainable tampons and pads, WUKA period pants are here to stay. They fully substitute any other period products, just throw them in the wash when you are done and you’re good to go. WUKA is on a mission to lower the environmental impact of periods and reduce the mountains of single-use sanitary product waste. They also empower and represent women of all shapes, sizes and skin colors and make periods a little bit easier to deal with.

For an exclusive 10% discount use my code WUKA-RUBY10

Stripe & Stare

If a pop of fun and color is what your sustainable underwear drawer needs, you will find what you are looking for at Stripe & Stare. Their knickers are made of a biodegradable, water-saving, man-made material produced from wood pulp from sustainable tree farms. They are cute, breathable and bring comfort to the next level. Stripe & Stare make their sustainable underwear in a closely monitored factory in China – you can have a look inside on their website!

For an exclusive 10% discount use my code RUBY10

ColieCo Lingerie

Ruby rose underwear colieco lingerie

If you’re looking for something a bit more fun and patterned, check out ColieCo Lingerie. Using reclaimed and deadstock fabric as well as sustainable sourced materials ColieCo create beautiful pieces. All crafted to order in a small studio in Portual whats not to love? You can also read my full review ColieCo Lingerie – Ethical Fashion

Have you heard of these amazing slow fashion companies before? Have you tried their sustainable underwear? If you have, leave a comment below, to share your experience with me and others!

For further reading check out Jess Rigg’s review of sustainable underwear brands.

Pattern Testing – The Tulia Tee

Pattern Testing – The Tulia Tee

I recently took part in the testing process for Sewing Patterns by Masin for the launch of her new pattern, the Tulia Tee. This is a unisex jersey t-shirt with an oversized fit. It only has one view in the pattern but is open for 

Sewing with Wool – Making a Basic Skirt

Sewing with Wool – Making a Basic Skirt

So, before the lockdown happened, I had planned to make the perfect Spring work skirt. I have quite an active job, I am mostly on my feet and don’t get much time to sit down. I’m constantly moving about the studio and therefore need to 

Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution week is a very important date in the calendar for sustainable fashion. Before I started to concentrate on a more sustainable ethical lifestyle, I didn’t give much thought to where my clothing came from. Clothes just came from Topshop and H & M and that was fine. It was only when I decided to dig deeper that I discovered Fashion Revolution. Its one of the main reasons I started to make my own clothing.

Fast fashion isn't free. Someone, somewhere is paying

What is Fashion Revolution?

Fashion Revolution is a group of people from all around the world striving to change the way clothing is produced, imported, marketed and sold. They believe that the industry needs to care more about the workers involved and the whole supply chain. It is a movement that runs all year but this week we can help celebrate, support and grow the movement. They have a charity The Fashion Revolution Foundation that helps educate people on their cause.

There is no beauty without truth and there is no truth without transparency

How did it start?

Fashion Revolution week started on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse on 24th April 2013. The Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed and killed 1138 people and injured many, many more. This highlighted the terrible and totally preventable working conditions that garments workers, many of them young women are forced to work under. The problems with the buildings structure was well know and reported. But the demand from global brands to produce garments was too big and the conditions remained.

Brands involved

Many of the brands involved are part of the UK and US high street, a few are listed below. It has now been 7 years since this disaster, and which, if any, of these companies have made significant changes?

Benetton

Primark

Mango

Matalan

BonMarche

JC Penney

Many of these companies have yet to contribute you substantially to any compensation fund. Luckily other non-involved brands have stepped up to help.

Ruby holding sustainable fashion poster "I made my clothes" Fashion Revolution

Why do we need a Fashion Revolution?

We need to be thinking more about who made our clothes, where did they make them, how much did they get paid and what their lives are like. A lot goes into the garment making process and the journey they go through before they reach you. Cotton pickers, fabric producers and weavers, dyers, sewers, packers, testers and more. If brands aren’t more transparent with every aspect of the supply chain, how will we know what’s going on. I wrote a post recently about the Organic Basics 2019 impact report. They are particularly transparent with where the garments are made and what the workers are paid. This should be the benchmark for all brands to aim for.

As consumers, we have so much power to change the qorld by just being careful in what we buy

What can you do?

Luckily for you there is plenty of ways to support the Fashion Rev movement in your everyday life, not just during Fashion Revolution Week. You can show support with your choices and your purchases, only buying from trasparent brands. If this doesnt fit into your budget buying second hand is a brilliant way to give life into clothing.

Your voice is very important. You can use your voice to reach out to brands and tell them that they must change. Fahion Revolution are asking you to email, tweet and take to Instagram to ask brands #whomademyclothes Head over to the Fashion Rev website to join the revolution, they have so many resources available to help you.

Feel free to Pin or share these quote posters I have made.

Let me know what you’ll be doing here in the comments or subscribe on the right to stay up to date

Ruby x

Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps with Georganics

Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps with Georganics

Creating a zero waste bathroom is a new mission in my life. While on my sustainability journey I have mostly been concentrating on my clothing and fashion in general. But sustainability goes so much further than that! I realised it needed to apply to my 

Pattern Testing – The Pomona Pants

Pattern Testing – The Pomona Pants

I was recently asked to be part of the pattern testing process for Anna Allen Clothing’s latest garment – the Pomona Pants. A versatile pattern that comes with 3 different views, shorts, wide trousers and tapered trousers. I love Anna Allen’s patterns, they are just 

Colieco Lingerie – Ethical Fashion

Colieco Lingerie – Ethical Fashion

This week I am focusing on one of my favourite ethical fashion brands, Colieco Lingerie. A bit of a different blog post, it’s me in my undies!!

Sadly our holiday to Tenerife was cancelled because of the Corona Virus, I was hoping to show this beautiful set off there and wear it as a bikini. Therefore, I’ve got to show it off here instead!

I’ve been following Nicole and her brand Colieco Lingerie for sometime so I was super flattered and excited when she reached out to me and wanted to gift me a set to share on my Instagram. As I was allowed to choose anything I liked and it was quite a hard task.

Lingerie and roses

Fabrics

As an Ethical fashion brand Colieco Lingerie use sustainable fabric either low-carbon material, or is reclaimed from industry dead stock, line-ends or off-cuts otherwise destined for landfill. So many of the prints are limited edition or ends of rolls. This means you never know when they’ll be gone for good, so you need to order fast! As soon as I saw the beautiful Rose print fabric, Rose Noir, I knew it was the one for me. Anything red or rosy I instantly fall in love with, its in my name, Ruby Rose!

Another beautiful fabric they use is 100% sustainable bamboo silk manufactured in a closed-loop system and carries OEKO-TEX certification, meaning that it is guaranteed free from harmful substances.

Closed Loop Systems

Closed loop systems are made use a lot fewer toxic chemicals, and the chemicals that are used as retained in the loop and used again and again in the system to create more fabric. This means the chemicals don’t get released into our environment. Win, win. Look out for sustainable fabrics like this when you’re shopping. More information about the fabric Colieco Lingerie use can be found here.

lingerie flatlay image

Manufacturing

Another great thing that keeps Colieco Lingerie a sustainable brand is their manufacture process. Everything is made to order in their small studio in Portugal. I just sent over my measurements and received this perfectly fitting set. Totally unique to me! It feels so luxurious and the quality and contruction is amazing.

You can check out their whole collection here

Please note, I was gifted this set in exchange for an Instagram post. The choice to write this blog post was all my own. You can find links to my favourite brands on my Resources page

Thanks for reading

Ruby x

Sewing – Demeter Dress

Sewing – Demeter Dress

This week I have been making a Demeter Dress for my summer holiday wardrobe, as I am off to Tenerife next week. Depending on virus outbreaks, but lets not think about that! I picked up this beautiful mustard cheetah viscose lawn from the fabric godmother 

Sewing Self-Drafted Dress

Sewing Self-Drafted Dress

I thought today I would share one of my favourite and definitely most popular makes to date. This is a self-drafted dress I made in collaboration with Minerva. This was my first make for Minerva who kindly gifted me the fabric in exchange for a 

Organic Basics – Sustainable Fashion

Organic Basics – Sustainable Fashion

Today I’m going to be chatting about one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands, Organic Basics.

As you know I make a lot of my own clothes but underwear is something I have to buy, Organic Basics is so well engineered and made so I have no problem with this.

girl wearing organic basics underwear and cardigan

They are transparent about the factories they use and all their workers are paid a fair wage and work in safe conditions. You can check out all the information on their website here.

It covers everything from if the business is family run; the majority are, the working hours, the employee benefits and the certificates the factory holds. This means you have basically all the information you need to know you’re making a purchase from an ethical brand.

The fabrics they used are organic, recycled and produced in a low waste, low carbon, low water way. Super environmentally friendly! Each one is handpicked based on its environmental footprint and lifetime durability.

The main fabrics used by organic basics:

  • Organic Cotton
  • Recycled Cashmere
  • Recycled Nylon
  • Tencel Lyocel
  • Recycled Wool

Organic basics have published a breakdown of their Impact Report for 2019, and you can see the main points below:

infographic organic basics emissions footprint

Emissions

Footprint – 112 tons CO2

Savings – 82 tons CO2

infographic organic basics water use footprint

Water

Footprint – 11,225,407 litres

Savings – 3,147,625 litres

infographic organic basics waste footprint

Fabric Waste

Footprint – 0 tons

Savings – 1.5 tons

The full report can be found here.

Organic Basics have all this info easily accessible on their website, as it should be. 

Ask yourself next time you’re on a brands website, if you can’t find information about their factories or environmental practices, what do they have to hide?

I was lucky enough to be gifted this beautiful underwear set.

I fell in love with the colour, so glad that they are branching out rather than sticking with the black and white. Anything red I need in my life!

girl adjusting organic basics sports bra

This SilverTech sports set is made with recycled nylon, I’ve been wearing them for my workouts, and generally lazing about the house. They are super comfortable, and the SilverTech technology means they are super breathable.

Hopefully I’ve opened your eyes to some of the ethical and sustainable practices that’s Organic Basics have and what I think it pretty much a benchmark for other brands.

Organic Basics are leaders in their field and I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out more.

Do you have any favourite ethical brands, comments below to let me hear about them.

If you’d like to purchase some for yourself you can use this code to get 10% off ROSEOB2

Thanks for reading

Rx

Pattern Testing – The Dayo Blouse

Pattern Testing – The Dayo Blouse

This week I have been lucky enough to test the new Dayo Blouse pattern for Sewing Patterns by Masin. As soon as I saw the shout-out on Instagram asking for testers I jumped at the chance. She is fairly new pattern designer, but she already 

Sewing The Nita Wrap Skirt – SewDIY

Sewing The Nita Wrap Skirt – SewDIY

As soon as I got the pattern for the Nita Wrap Skirt I knew I wanted to make it straight away. So rather than wait to buy some fabric I dug into my stash. Over the years I have accumulated quite a large amount of 

Sewing Comfy Striped Shorts

Sewing Comfy Striped Shorts

I have added a quick summary of the making of my Comfy Striped Shorts below. But the whole blog can be checked out on Minerva.

Minerva asked me to be part of their Bloggers Network recently. Since, I have worked on some brilliant projects using their beautiful fabric. Every few months they gift me some of their fabrics and in return I create something. Usually a garment for instance, then write a blog about the process and Minerva then share it on their website and social platforms.

girl laughing and standing by a beach hut

Minerva is basically a one stop shop for me because they have literally everything you need! Fabrics, equipment and haberdashery and loads more.

You can check them out here.

Comfy striped shorts work in progress

They have such a wide range of fabrics and I was super excited when the stripe fabric became available for me to use. You can still purchase the fabric I used for this project here.

I have loads of shorts and I wear them a lot at work because I have quite an active job, so being able to move freely but also keep cool is a must. Also, I just love the way shorts look!

My Comfy Stripe shorts were not the first thing I wanted to make but ended up being a staple of this Summer’s wardrobe. I can imagine many summers to come.

I self-drafted this pattern using just two pattern pieces. As a result quite a simple one, but it will probably need some adjustments before I try it again.

To read the whole blog post and see the trials and tribulations I had with the Striped Comfy shorts click here.

I’d love to hear what you think of the shorts, so please either comment here or over on the Minerva Blog.

In the future I’m going to share more summaries of my Minerva projects. Comprehensive blogs will always be on the Minerva site.

Thanks for reading

Rx

Natural Dye Experimentation

Natural Dye Experimentation

A great way to refresh your wardrobe is with fabric dying. I wanted to experiment with dying fabrics and clothing. A much more sustainable way of doing this is with natural dye. Luckily many of these can be made from products already found in your 

Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello. After much encouragement I have decided to start a blog to document my journey of sewing and sustainability. I’m not sure how it will go. Or if my writing will hold its own on the wide web, so any tips or suggestions are welcome.