Sustainability in action

President of Chorleywood WI modelling a naturally dyed, low-waste design jacket entirely made from re-used materials. (c) S Rayfield

Sustainability was the theme of guild activities this March. Member makes were shown off on the catwalk of the RE23 Sustainable Fashion in Chorleywood. They showcased the breadth of approaches to sustainability, including using natural dyes, re-used fabrics and zero-waste design. Models and visitors alike were impressed by their quality, uniqueness and the skill involved in making them. Plans are already underway for next year’s event and perhaps we will have even more of a presence!

Above: low-waste modular jacket design by Liz Haywood of The Craft of Clothes. Naturally dyed using food waste (avocado skins/stones and pomegranate skin) and foraged materials (acorns and walnuts) by Julia Britton. Patchwork and bag by Chorleywood WI members Penny Pugh and Sheila Bulley. Construction by Sarah Rayfield of BGWSD.

Below: Handspun, hand-woven and handmade jacket by Christina Spencer of BGWSD. Zero-waste skirt design by Liz Haywood of The Craft of Clothes. Surplus fabric from B&Q uniforms. Construction by Sarah Rayfield of BGWSD.

One of the fashion show models wearing guild member makes (c) S Rayfield

Meanwhile, at our March meeting, Sarah R and Alison J demonstrated the skill of mending to a wrapt audience. Several garments were brought along for advice and taken away to finish repairs. Given all the time and care that goes into making something by hand, doesn’t it deserve to be looked after and mended? Our members certainly seem to be embracing this attitude.

Handknits mended at the March guild meeting (c) Helen Allen

N.B. The eagle-eyed might notice the naturally dyed jacket is not hemmed. Don’t worry this was at the rehearsal, it was all alright on the night!

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