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Hello! Welcome to Check Your Thread, a podcast about sewing more sustainably. Each episode we enjoy nerding out about sewing, whilst picking up ideas and useful tips for how to reduce our impact on the environment. My aim is always to approach topics with a sense of curiosity and fun, and hope to leave our listeners feeling inspired by the end of each episode.

Examples of topics that we cover include sourcing second hand textiles, zero waste sewing patterns, mending, upcycling, scrap-busting and alternative and surprising sources for fabric. If there are any topics you’d like CYT to cover, anyone you’d like me to get on the podcast to chat to or you’d just like to say hi, please email me at zoe@checkyourthread.com or message me via Instagram @checkyourthread.

Check Your Thread Zoe Edwards

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Hello! Welcome to Check Your Thread, a podcast about sewing more sustainably. Each episode we enjoy nerding out about sewing, whilst picking up ideas and useful tips for how to reduce our impact on the environment. My aim is always to approach topics with a sense of curiosity and fun, and hope to leave our listeners feeling inspired by the end of each episode.

Examples of topics that we cover include sourcing second hand textiles, zero waste sewing patterns, mending, upcycling, scrap-busting and alternative and surprising sources for fabric. If there are any topics you’d like CYT to cover, anyone you’d like me to get on the podcast to chat to or you’d just like to say hi, please email me at zoe@checkyourthread.com or message me via Instagram @checkyourthread.

    Is Sewing Sustainable?

    Is Sewing Sustainable?

    It’s episode 8 of CYT, and in this solo episode I’ve posed myself the question: is sewing sustainable? I share my musings on the concept of sustainability, particularly as it relates to sewing, and how we need to be wary of over simplification and greenwashing. Plus I discuss what I consider to be the overarching goal for sewing in a more sustainable way, and ideas for how we can achieve it. Making clothing that fits our bodies, personal style and lifestyle requirements can guarantee that we’re making garments and accessories that will see lots of use and last us a long, long time. 



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    Read about my recent linen Arden pants make HERE and see below, as mentioned in previous episode introductions. 





    Check out my newly finished autumnal Vali blouse HERE and see below.

    Experimental Sewing with Riccardo Guido

    Experimental Sewing with Riccardo Guido

    It’s Episode 7 of the Check Your Thread podcast and this one was such a joy to record. 



    You may recognise Riccardo as one of the finalists of season 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee. However, Riccardo Guido started boldly and fearlessly experimenting with reclaimed fabrics and innovative approaches to garment sewing long before Joe Lycett ever muttered the phrase ‘Transformation Challenge’. Right from the beginning, Riccardo has forged his own path to making his own wardrobe, including signing up to learn pattern cutting before taking a sewing class, and to this day he rarely uses commercial sewing patterns. In our delightful conversation, he tells me about his sewing history, which of the aforementioned transformation challenges was his least favourite, his future sewing goals and lots more. 



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    Find Riccardo Guido on Instagram @rifallo 



    More on the Great British Sewing Bee HERE



    Wendy Ward’s website HERE and her Check Your Thread podcast episode HERE



    Riccardo’s sweatshirt using Wendy’s Felix sweatshirt pattern HERE (pictured below) using scuba off-cuts leftover from his tracksuit project from the GBSB





    Find @sewandrew, maker of the embroidered chess piece HERE. Riccardo’s sweatshirt that developed around the embroidery HERE (pictured below)





    Riccardo’s technique for piecing scraps HERE (the start of which is pictured below)





    Zero Waste Daniel, legendary NY-based designer who uses garment industry waste HERE and on Instagram  HERE



    See Riccardo’s sofa bomber jacket HERE and hear him on the un:CUT podcast HERE



    Core Arts, the non-profit organisation supporting people who suffer from mental health issues through learning, HERE



    Fabrications, based in Hackney, owned by Barley Massey HERE



    Zero Waste Fashion Design book HERE (pictured below) by Holly McQuillan & Timo Rissanen 

    Life, Sewing and Sustainability with Amy Dyce

    Life, Sewing and Sustainability with Amy Dyce

    It’s the sixth episode of the Check Your Thread podcast, and the second episode featuring parts of the great conversation I had with Amy Dyce. Last week Amy shared heaps about her small business, Craft & Thrift. In today’s episode, the conversation moves from running a sustainability-minded business, to running a sustainability-minded life! We discuss ways to share eco habits, the realities of eco-guilt and how making sustainable choices can get murky. Amy also talks about the ways she uses sewing to save her money and how thrifting has made sewing viable for her. Amy also explains how sewing and knitting became a gateway for her to become more aware of social injustice and other political issues, and reflects on the importance of acknowledging and checking your own privilege. 



    Craft & Thrift Etsy shop HERE



    My Lou Box Top made using a kit given to me from Craft & Thrift (kits HERE)





    Tomato victory!





    Katie Green Bean youtube channel HERE



    The Vintage Book Worm UK Etsy shop HERE



    Me-Made-May explainer HERE 



    Find Amy’s Me-Made-May videos HERE 



    Read more about my hand-sewn sock experiments HERE



    Incredible visible mending and darning by Roberta Cummings HERE



    Me and White Supremacy: A Guided Journal HERE





    The Sporkful Podcast HERE with many episodes about race (and food) including THIS ONE

    Craft & Thrift with Amy Dyce

    Craft & Thrift with Amy Dyce

    Welcome to the fifth episode of CYT, this time featuring a conversation with Amy Dyce, a crafty, thrifty environmentally-minded woman who has a small business called Craft & Thrift. Through her Etsy shop she sells thrifted, vintage and deadstock fabric, along with other related sewing products. Amy was so generous with her time that we ended up chatting and recording for over two hours! Because of that, we will release two episodes that include different parts of our conversation. This first half focuses on her business, including how she pivoted from selling tea cosies to deadstock fabric, her (possibly haunted) storage unit and about the shipping containers full of 90s fabric that pushed her business to the next level. 



    The scrap-busting related challenges are:



    #so50sustainablesewing created by @judithrosalind and hosted by @sewover50



    #recyclingremnants created by @elleandthestitches



    Lou Box Top pattern by Sew DIY HERE



    Lou Box Top kits from Craft & Thrift HERE



    Find my guest Amy on Instagram @craftandthrift, her website is HERE and Etsy shop is HERE



    The Sew Your Own Undies kits we collaborated on HERE



    Jen Gale from @sustainableish’s powerful post HERE

    My 5 Favourite Scrap Projects

    My 5 Favourite Scrap Projects

    It’s clear that making the most of the fabric we buy is fundamental to keeping our craft as sustainable as possible. In this solo episode I’m making a case for keeping and using your fabric scraps and leftovers from previous sewing projects, and I’m going to run through my 5 favourite uses for scraps and leftovers. 



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    The Closet Core Pattern free pouf pattern, found HERE, is an excellent way to use up scraps for making the outside and can be stuffed with scraps that are too tiny to be used for anything else.  





    @crystaltips fabulous pieced-together sun hat can be seen HERE 



    Reversible Bucket Hat pattern by Oliver + S HERE



    Sorrento Bucket Hat pattern by Elbe Textiles HERE



    Serpentine Hat pattern by Elbe Textiles HERE



    Free Sandcastle Bucket Hat pattern by Waves and Wild HERE



    Free Hat pattern by Liz Haywood HERE





    Free SoZo Undies pattern by me HERE



    Wonder Undies pattern by Waves and Wild HERE



    Free Speedy Pants pattern by Waves and Wild HERE (used to make the undies pictured below)



    Superhero Boxers pattern by Waves and Wild HERE



    Comox Trunks pattern by Thread Theory HERE



    Sew Your Own Undies kits by Craft and Thrift HERE 





    Harem Pants pattern by Wiksten. Wiksten are currently only taking wholesale orders so do an online search to find a stockist of this pattern close to you. 



    Free Bummies pattern by Brindille & Twig HERE



    Free Ringer Tee pattern by Brindille & Twig HERE



    Misusu Patterns can be found HERE





    My scrap-busting jersey tees project HERE



    My Scout Tee made from scraps of viscose HERE



    The tiered Maxi Dress made from slinky jersey leftovers HERE



    Elbe Textiles blog post about Patchwork clothing can be found HERE



    My ‘Scraps and small piece busting’ Pinterest board is HERE





    Some shorts I made with leftover quilting cotton waistband facings and pocket bags HERE (shown above) 



    My Thelma Boilersuit with leftover gingham yoke lining HERE

    African Textiles Today with Jacqueline Shaw

    African Textiles Today with Jacqueline Shaw

    In the third episode of Check Your Thread I’m talking with Jacqueline Shaw, founder of Wax and Wraps which offers African textiles sewing subscription boxes. Jacqueline is an expert on the African fashion and textiles industries and has an MA in Ethical Fashion and Sustainability under her belt as well. In this conversation she shares her excitement about what’s going on right now in African fabric production. She educates me on lots of topics related to her experiences and passions, including her perspective on cultural appropriation and dressmaking with African textiles.



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    Wax and Wraps can be found HERE. 





    Jacqueline’s sourcing agency, African Fashion Guide, is HERE. 



    The blue and white striped cotton fabric handwoven in Uganda is pictured below plus can be viewed on Wax and Wraps Instagram HERE, swipe to see the weaving process. 





    Jacqueline’s YouTube Channel can be found HERE.



    The stretch Ankara fabric that blew my mind is HERE.  



    Fashion Africa, Jacqueline’s book, can be bought from Waterstones HERE or Amazon HERE.  

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