For Episode #43, I’m speaking with experienced clothes-maker Kate Ng, who has spent years learning and thinking about conscious clothes making, and how to communicate these ideas. Through her wonderful blog and Instagram account Kate has dedicated untold hours to battling over-simplified messaging and greenwashing in ‘sustainable fashion’ and ‘sustainable sewing’. In this episode we also learn about her observations so far of the sewing scene in the Netherlands (her current home), the epiphany she had around fabric purchasing, and the inspiring IG challenges and hashtags she co-created. Kate always operates with intelligence and nuance, and the shift in her perspective to a healthier balance between ethics and the joy of making is a perfect example of this.
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Find Kate’s blog, Time to Sew, HERE and her Instagram account @timetosew.
Fibre Mood, the sewing pattern and magazine brand that Kate has worked for is HERE.
More info on the Social Sewalongs Kate sometimes hosts can be found HERE.
CocoWawa Crafts, sewing patterns designed by Ana, who currently lives and teaches in Amsterdam HERE.
Take the Four Tendencies quiz HERE.
Kate’s latest blog post, 5 Ways to Think About Your Fabric Stash is HERE.
Kate’s favourite, The Kite Fold Tee by Made It Patterns can be purchased HERE (pictured below).
Awesome Dutch pattern company, Misusu Patterns, with designs that are well suited to scrap busting HERE.
My favourite Luna pants pattern by Made By Rae is HERE.
Find previous-guest Wendy Ward HERE and on Instagram @thatwendyward. And listen to our conversation for the podcast in Episode #2: How to Sew Sustainably with Wendy Ward HERE.
Kate’s other sources of inspiration: