#82: Fabric First with Rachel Kirby

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#82: Fabric First with Rachel Kirby
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Could you sew only with second hand fabric? No more fabric shopping, only thrifting and receiving donations. Would that feel frustrating, or would it unlock some inner creativity and resourcefulness? Space scientist and passionate maker, Rachel Kirby, sews almost exclusively within this limitation, and spills the tea on how and why it works for her. 

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PHD student Rachel Kirby poses for photographs with the Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) wearing her hand knitted jumper which she designed to represent her PHD research on meteorites at the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences in ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 1 July, 2022. (Tracey Nearmy/ANU)

Rachel Kirby can be found on her website, @fibre.and.space on Instagram and @GeoPlaneteer on Twitter. 

Rachel’s self-designed Solar System jumper went viral!

Rachel was inspired by Samantha @pippy_eve on Instagram to try her hand at sewing her first garment by using the Justine skirt pattern by Ready to Sew and some cotton fabric she found at an op shop.

The only piece of from-the-bolt fabric Rachel has used for herself was to make some Arenite pants, pattern by Sew Liberated. 

Image source: Rachel Kirby

Listen to Episode 69: Making Mindfully with Judy Williment-Ross.

Rachel’s TNT (‘tried and tested’, or ‘tried and true’) patterns:

Image source: Rachel Kirby

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