3 Things I Love: Organic cotton dresses from ModCloth

[pinterest] When I first came across ModCloth, I really loved the concept of this online retailer. ModCloth stocks and promotes indie designers, giving customers access to a greater range of interesting and unique styles, and an alternative to the fast fashion copy-cat pieces that we see in many of the popular fashion chains. A great concept that I really wanted to support, but the problem for me was that they didn’t

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Design and Make Your Own Rubber Stamps

[pinterest] Last week I was pleased to be welcomed for a second guest post on The Note Passer, presenting a tutorial for beginner techniques in cutting your own rubber stamp designs. This is the second post in three month collaboration between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer. You can find more information about this collaboration and The Note Passer, as well as links to the first post here. The next

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Colour Therapy: Turquoise Jewels

[pinterest] I am very excited to bring you another new regular feature of tortoise & lady grey– a curation of beautiful sustainable fashion items along a colour theme. This week’s inspiration is the beautiful jewelled tones of turquoise. Turquoise has got to be one of the most striking hues around- I am surprised that we don’t see it featured very frequently on the catwalks. It has a been a long

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Printing with Rubber Stamps for the Absolute Beginner

[pinterest] This week I was pleased to present a guest post on one of my favourite blogs, The Note Passer. The Note Passer- written by New York-based creative Elizabeth Stilwell- explores design, photography and ethical fashion. This guest post is the first in a colloborative series between tortoise & lady grey and The Note Passer which explores rubber stamp making techniques for printing on paper and textiles. This first post teaches readers beginner printing

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Sustainable Designer Interview: Australian zero-waste designer Alice Sutton

[pinterest] Australian sustainable designer Alice Sutton creates feminine shapes with a unique contemporary aesthetic for her independent label Edition.  Employing zero-waste pattern cutting techniques, using natural fibers including merino, silk and bamboo, and local (Australian-based) production, Alice’s collections make a significant contribution to sustainable fashion design. Alice was kind enough to grant me an interview so I could learn a bit more about her motivations, values and production processes. Could

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Slow fashion DIY tutorial: Turmeric-dyed Easy Hand Knit Cowl

[pinterest] I am so pleased to bring you this tutorial for this super-easy hand-knit cowl. The piece is especially designed to encourage readers to take up knitting for the first time, it really is an absolute beginner project, but the final result is quite striking. It is also a follow up to last week’s post on the environmental impact of dying. The striking colour of the scarf has been achieved

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Textile Review: The Environmental Impacts of Colouring Yarn and Fabrics

When seeking out eco-friendly clothing options, consumers often look to the source of the fiber (cotton, polyester, hemp, linen) to reduce their environmental impact. The choice of fiber is an important first step in the process. But in order to ensure that the clothing you buy is sustainable, it is also important to consider the dying process that has been used. The colour of your clothes can have a huge

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Ethical and sustainable wedding hairpiece

[pinterest] A very close friend of mine was recently married. When I first got the news that she was getting married, I wanted to do something special for her as a wedding gift. As I had made my own wedding hairpiece some three years ago, I thought it would be a nice gift to offer to make something for her to wear to her wedding. She was thrilled with the

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DIY Baby Balm

[pinterest] This week I had the opportunity to guest post on UK-based sustainable living blog Moral Fibres, where I presented my own recipe for baby bottom balm- a soothing natural balm that helps to prevent nappy rash. It is a very simple recipe that anyone can make in their kitchen, no special tools necessary. Easy for even the busiest mum. With all natural ingredients, it also makes a lovely soothing balm

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Sustainable Fashion Outfit 1: Mustard Cardigan & Navy Dress

It seems as though this month I have been inspired to introduce a few new post series on the blog. Last week I introduced the Kitchen Pampering series, which will hopefully help you to ditch your chemical cosmetics and save some money at the same time. This week I am excited to introduce my next new post series, the Sustainable Fashion Outfits. I am a sucker for fashion magazines (well

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