Low-impact clothes links

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Skills required for making your own clothes

mainly sewing, but also...
Felting
Knitting & crochet
Leatherwork
Natural dyes
Weaving

Starting out

Clothes-Press good little site covering everything you need to think about if you want to start making your own clothes
The Guardian a stitch in time… guide to getting started in making your own clothes
The Guardian five small steps to greening your wardrobe

DIY womenswear

 A Dress a Day blogger who teaches you how to make a different dress every day
AllFreeSewing seemingly unlimited free sewing patterns for everything you can think of
Angela Kane hundreds of patterns and videos, some free
BurdaStyle open-source, pattern-sharing site
Did You Make That? make your own coat
DIY Couture make-your-own fashion
Fehr Trade articles, advice, patterns, inspiration
Freeneedle browse over 5000 free patterns and tutorials
Instructables DIY lingerie
LovetoSew lots of info on sewing, plus designing and making your own clothes
Modern Sewing patterns for dresses, jackets, tops, coats, maternity wear and lots more – all free
SewMamaSew free tutorials and patterns
So Zo, What do you Know? tutorials, free patterns and a section on refashioning old clothes
Tilly & the Buttons ‘Hi! I’m Tilly, a DIY dressmaker. I help people to start making their own clothes’
Threadbanger lots of videos on ripping up and re-doing clothes
VeryPurplePerson make your own knickers

Textile design

Be Fab accessible Digital Fabric Printing Bureau in Edinburgh
Centre for Sustainable Fashion promoting sustainability in the clothing industry
The People’s Print DIY digital textile design

DIY menswear

DenimHunters fantastic article about how to make a pair of jeans
Freeneedle over 30 free patterns for men’s clothes
Made by Meg how to make a man’s minoru (waterproof coat): I want this one
Mark Montano make your own boxer shorts
Modern Sewing patterns for trousers, jackets, shirts, coats and lots more – all free
TaylorTailor ‘I’m on a mission to design and create my entire wardrobe from scratch. It’s going to take a while’
Viking Tunic Construction oh go on!

DIY unisex stuff

DenimHunters how to make a classic leather belt
House to Home knit your own winter socks
Hub Pages how to get started with knitting socks
Instructables make your own shoes
Knitting Help free knitting patterns for hats
Knitting Help free knitting patterns for scarves
Knitting Help free knitting patterns for socks & slippers
Knitting Help free knitting patterns for gloves & mittens
Mother Earth News interesting article, plus patterns, on making your own cold-weather clothing
Primitive Living Skills how to make sandals from old car tyres

Recycling, repairing & altering

About.com 10 clothing fixes that everyone should know about – from zips to patches – including step-by-step tutorials
AllFreeSewing lots of free refashioning and recycling patterns
Canadian Living why you should repair your clothes
Creating my Way to Success 500+ clothes upcycling projects
The Guardian upcycling masterclass – how to put a twist on unused clothes and accessories
Love your Clothes campaign to help people get as much value as possible from their clothes
Planet June how to take up trousers
Swishing clothes swapping events
Textile Recycling Association The UK’s trade association for used clothing and textile collectors, sorters and reprocessors
TLC how to alter clothes
Traid collecting, repairing and selling used clothing to fund development projects
Uniform Reuse alternative fabric database – promoting remanufacturing and reuse of fabrics

Starting a business

Chron starting a second-hand clothing business
Chron starting a small business boutique that buys & trades used clothes
Etsy sell your work direct to the public
SewMamaSew how to turn your love of sewing into a pattern business
StartUps how to start a clothes shop

Ethical clothing / campaigns against sweatshops

The Business of Fast Fashion 90-second video highlighting the problems caused by the ‘fast fashion’ trend
Clean Clothes improving working conditions in the global garment industry
Fair Wear Foundation works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers
The Humanist the case against sweatshops – short article by a 17-year-old
Labour Behind the Label supporting garment workers’ efforts to defend their rights
Let’s Clean Up Fashion (pdf) 29-page pdf – check out which brands are taking action to protect workers’ rights, and which ones aren’t
No Sweat fighting sweatshop bosses all around the world
Source Database database of sustainability / ethical information for the clothing industry
Sweat-Free Communities US site assisting sweatshop workers to improve conditions and form unions
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) US group fighting to hold to account companies running sweatshops to produce college apparel

Other information

Bamboo Clothing why it’s a good idea
Organic Trade Association all about organic cotton
WRAP sustainable clothing action plan
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