About Me

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! 

My name's Zoe and this blog, which was started in 2008, is all about my sewing journey. My passions for sewing, reusing materials and debunking fast fashion form part of my attempts to live a more sustainable and authentic life. 

I wrote a book called 'Mend it, Wear it, Love it' (published 2021) about mending, altering and caring for your clothes to give them a longer, happier life. Also in 2021 I started a weekly podcast, Check Your Thread, which explores ways to sew more sustainably. Listen wherever you find podcasts or directly on the websiteI firmly believe that sewing and creating can have a fantastic impact on mental health, and am also convinced that enjoying sewing needn't break the bank. 

I'm the creator of the popular online challenges called Me-Made-May which ask sewers/knitters/crocheters/refashioners to wear their handmade clothing and accessories more, or in different ways, during the month of May. The aim is to encourage people to develop a better relationship with your handmade wardrobe. For more information about what Me-Made-May is, what it isn't, who it's for and how to participate, check out these FAQs and Episode #36 of the Check Your Thread podcast

I live on the South Coast of the UK with my husband and our two children. You can contact me at: sozoblog (at) gmail (dot) com. I'm always open to collaborations and ideas related to sewing and sustainability. On Instagram, I'm @sozoblog. 

If you would like to check out the garments I have created, please click here

A selection of popular posts, that are not directly about sewing:

Achieving A 'Sustainable Wardrobe'

How I Consume

Sorry But No More Apologies

Sewing + Podcasts = Heaven


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I find you blog so thought provoking. I hope that you don't mind, I've nominated you for a The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
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Hi Zoe, I've nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award at http://thewardrobesurgeon.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/super-sweet-blogger-award/

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Loved your workshop at "Tilly and the Buttons" today. Can't wait to test my jeans pattern! I think the Dolores Bat Wing may be joining my to do list as well!

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Bees Knees Granny said...

Combining fabrics in kid's clothes is a great idea! I made almost all of my son and daughter's clothing through fifth grade--jeans, pajamas, everything. I often worked with remnants, so fabric combos were essential. To my surprise, this made the clothing look LESS "loving-hands-at-home" made. The majority of factory made garments have more than one fabric, whether it's a little touch or outright color blocking. Cwoosley12@yahoo.com

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My cousin's husband worked in Houston, Texas for one of the big oil companies. Their only child is severely autistic and permanently disabled. Texas has traditionally been a red - Republican politically conservative - state. Would you like to know the correlation between red states, big oil subsidies, and Monsanto contaminated land not to mention autistic babies?

The true cost of gasoline in this country should really be about $20 per gallon without all those government subsidies. If people saw the true cost of plastic bottled tap water then sales would go downhill and glass bottles would become predominant again. In this regard Great Britain is more honest since gas is much more expensive than $3 per gallon.

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Many people who think they are lactose intolerant are pleasantly surprised to find out that they can tolerate milk and dairy products that come from pasture raised cows.

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Then there is the matter of drift and cross-contamination. You must consume the best food and water that you can afford. This means the least contaminated food as I am of the opinion there is no GMO free food anymore.

Last, but not least, 90% of ocean contains some kind of plastic gyre, most of it not visible to the naked eye. This means the other 10% contains much smaller plastic particles.

Oh, I forgot the book, Three Cups of Tea. It confirms that mountaineers love climbing up high mountains and leave behind their feces, cigarette butts, and empty plastic bottles as they climb up and down those once pristine Himalayan Mountains.

You are truly blessed to have not one but two healthy babies.

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