Tag Archives: The Story of Stuff

Sew 359 – Upcycled White Christmas

Jane Milburn wears upcycledWhat can I say? Even though it’s Christmas Day, it is a day like every other in 2014 when I’ve been upcycling and posting ways to reuse clothing that already exists rather than buying new.

Consumption often peaks at this time of year and it is great to see groups like 1 Million Women #nowaste and The Story of Stuff #buylesslivemore focusing on changing behaviour. Reading this poignant story from The Guardian exposes the uncomfortable truth and hidden cost of frivolous consumption. Be the change.

With a background in agriculture and interest in the material world of natural fibres, I’ve been fortunate to spend time re-creating clothing and learning more about the clothing footprint we (the collective 7-billion strong we) make on the world. My model for change includes empowering individuals to reimagine and recreate their own wardrobe collection by resewing at home to gain individual, conscious clothing.  Continue reading

Sew 140 – Making a difference

Upcycle shift with shortened hemThis website encapsulates a creative, wholehearted leadership journey by me,  Jane Milburn, with no set destination except to demonstrate a more sustainable approach to the way we engage with what we wear.

Family and friends are supporting me to unhitch from the ‘office job’, immerse in slow fashion and use simple home-sewing techniques to model creative ways of re-using instead of re-buying.

It is affirming to know that my efforts are not in vain and the Sew it Again project is considered worthy of being archived for posterity. 

The State Library of Queensland has selected Sew it Again for regular archiving in the National Library of Australia’s web archive, PANDORA and I’ve enabled that to happen.  Exciting.  Continue reading