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Elisalex • By Hand London  Co-founder and head of design at independent sewing pattern company @byhandlondon

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The summer of the Day Gown is officially upon us (if only things would actually start heating up...🌞) and I see many more of these swishy throw-it-over-anything beauties in my future. Click the link in @byhandlondon bio for the full tutorial 👈✂️👌 #victoriablazer #byhandlondon #daygown fabric from @stoffstil

I figured now would be the perfect time to stitch up another one of these bad boys and write up a tutorial while I'm at it - full how-to coming to the @byhandlondon blog tomorrow! #fashionrevolution #imademyclothes #wip #handembroidery

#makersforfashrev day 4: as a general rule I really don't enjoy mundane mending / altering, so when I discovered embroidery as a way of visibly mending, celebrating and making a feature out of a defect, I was immediately hooked! All of my old torn jeans are now sprouting florals and I even look forward to new rips and stains just so I have an excuse to just keep stitching.... #jeansgarden #embroidery #handembroidery #visiblemending #makedoandmend #embroideryinstaguild #fashionrevolution

#Repost @fash_rev ✂️ 1 of 2 videos I did with Fashion Revolution - first up, patchessss!
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When we wear clothes we adore again and again, they can start to show signs of wear and tear. A rip, a missing button or a stain should never stand in the way of you and a good outfit. Don’t throw them away, give them a FASHION FIX! ✨⚡️Extending the life of clothing by a further 9 months reduces carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each*. 💛Take part in the #haulternative challenge and learn how to patch up your clothes so that you can love them forever. These Fashion Revolution patches were made by Avery Dennison RBIS, with up to 90% recycled yarns. ⭐️We have 10 sets to give away! ⭐️Create your own FASHION FIX #haulternative, upload to social media by 30th April and tag us for a chance to win one of 10 sets of Fashion Revolution patches! ----------------------------------------
Fashion Revolution patches provided by @AvyDenRBIS and sewn on by @elisalex of @byhandlondon. Film produced by @fash_rev. Directed by @charney_magri. Stylist @twinksburnett. Editor @_carolina_aguirre_, DOP @dianaolifirova. Music @derekkirkup
#fashionrevolution #haulternative #lovedclotheslast #madetomention *source: WRAP

#makersforfashrev day 3: made to last. This Kim dress is one of my most treasured me-made pieces ever, and I know that I will love and cherish and take the utmost care of this dress as long as I have it in my possession. It's not just how well a garment is made that determines its life span - it's up to us as the keeper to care for our clothes in order to ensure they live a long and happy life. Our generation's throwaway culture has led to a careless culture, and I'd wager there'll be a whole lot less to hand down to our daughters (and whole lot more rotting away in landfill 😔) than we got from our mothers and grandmothers. I you love something, no matter who made it or how much it cost - it's up to you to treat it well and make it last! (Droolsome fabric from @wearethefabricstore) #fashionrevolution #imademyclothes #sewcialists #kimdress #byhandlondon

I've suddenly realised how fast #thedressmakersball is approaching! And I've not even made a start on my dress... 😬 here's what I've settled on: a sleeveless #ElisalexDress with maxi half circle skirt and full circle capelet sewn into the neckline (not detachable, or as high in the neck as in the above inspiration image). I'm veering towards emerald green, and hopefully I'll have time for a little spray of embroidery somewhere! P.S. The deadline to get your ticket for the ball is this coming Sunday 30th April!! Head to @craftysewandso to get yours - can't wait to see you all there! 💃💃💃

New video up on YouTube! ✂️ I'm showing you how to start growing your very own embroidered jeans garden with three of the foundation stitches - stem stitch, satin stitch, and lazy daisies. This is going to be a work in progress as I go adding to my jeans with new stitches as time goes by... link in bio ☝️ #jeansgarden

#makersforfashrev day 2: positive changes. There's so much to be said on this, so I'll have to break it down... top left we have @portialawrie who has tirelessly inspired, promoted and fanned the flames of refashioning over the years - there is SO MUCH already out there just waiting to be given a new lease of life with just a few simple (or many complex!) nips and tucks here and there ✂️ Top right is @offset_warehouse who are challenging us as makers to question not only #whomademyclothes but (more significantly for us), #whomademyfabric?? Their beautiful selection of fair trade and ethically produced textiles are as rich in heritage as they are in quality ✂️ Bottom right is my girl @emily_laing_uk who wanted to learn to sew for Christmas. After giving her just four lessons, she has come down hard with the sewing bug and I'm so proud to report has been stitching up a storm ever since! ✂️ And finally bottom left is my current plan to positively change the way I sew - dare I even say it.... less is more...?! #fashionrevolution #imademyclothes #sewcialists

Soooooo excited to see my work in @molliemakes! You can find my tutorial and the pattern for this sweet lil #jeansgarden in the current issue out now 🌷 #embroidery #handembroidery #embroideryinstaguild #embellishment #molliemakes #dmcthreads #jeanswithoutembroideryaredeadtome

#makersforfashrev day 1: Hi! I'm Elisalex and I've been sewing for about 14 years. When you know first hand how much time and skill goes into garment production, it's hard to feel anything but disgust for the way sweatshop workers are mistreated and above all, undervalued. We are calling for total transparency, accountability and a universal set of ethics for the fashion industry. Be curious 😏 Find out 🤓 Do something 💪 #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes #imademyclothes

Fashion Revolution Week starts today! Who else is joining in the #makersforfashrev photo challenge this week? 🙋 #Repost @inthefolds
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Who's taking part in this years #makersforfashrev photo challenge with me? Last year I was blown away by how many of you got involved in spreading the word about this very important movement.
The reason I think it's important for makers to get on board spreading the word about this issue is that we are the ones making our own clothes. We appreciate the time it takes to make clothing and the skill required to do so. Why should the garments handmade by us be valued, appreciated and worth more than the garments handmade in a factory in a third world country? They shouldn't be. All clothing is made by hand and this needs to be remembered and never devalued or discredited.
We have the power to spread the word amongst our friends, and communities, to promote and acknowledge that clothes are valuable and use valuable resources to create them. We should love them, take care of them and nurture them. We should keep them out of landfill at all costs. We should also question the working conditions of those who make them for us.

To spread the message, each day of Fashion Revolution week (24 - 30 April) I will be posting a prompt here on Instagram to promote thoughts, discussion and inspiration related to a particular aspect of the revolution.

If you would like to play along, simply use the hashtag #makersforfashrev, as well as the official Fashion Revolution hashtags - #fashionrevolution and #whomademyclothes - this way we will all be able to find each other.
Are you in? If you are, please tell all your friends by re-posting this image. Let's spread the word far and wide!

Make sure you follow @fash_rev so you can keep up with everything and enjoy snapshots of Fashion Revolution from all over the world.

Find out more by heading over to my blog. Direct link in profile. #makersforfashrev #imademyclothes #whomademyclothes #fashrev

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