Sustainable Sewing – Recycled Fabrics

I’ve spent much of my sewing journey learning techniques, fabric basis, stitches, and machine maintenance! As such, not everything that I have made has turned out to be a favorite garment of mine, or even wearable 🤣 Though now that I have a better grasp on the art of sewing, I’m focusing more on taking the time to perfect finishing techniques, fit, and ensuring that the garments I do so are things that I will wear and cherish! Hopefully this has been evident in the quality of my more recent sews!  This also surfaces in my desire to use high quality fabrics to ensure my sews are sustainable, quality, and durable over time.

This prerogative is in large part why I am so excited to have been invited to be a strike sewist for Sew Dynamic Fabrics! Michelle is a custom fabric printer, who prints all of her custom athletics on Repreve Fabric. Click here to read more about Repreve’s fabric, process, and specs. 

A quick TL;DR about Repreve is:  

♻️ 16.2 recycled plastic bottles per yard!! 🏃‍♀️ Moisture Wicking Fabric 📓 81% Repreve polyester; 19% Spandex ⚖️ 245 GSM Weight 🌞 UPF 30 ↔️ 75% horizontal and 65% vertical stretch 🏅 Oeko-Tex Standard 100 

In the custom fabric world, fabrics are typically sold by pre-order, with a set number of prints per round. This round at Sew Dynamic Fabrics is all about the Seas!

The two prints that called to me were Abalone (how GORGEOUS is that teal/blue combo!?) and Fins (because I just had to sew up something cute for my little man!

For him, I sewed the Made by Jack’s Mum swim romper. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for ages, because its such a great way to keep his fair skin covered in our blazing desert sun. He was more than happy to run and jump in it, so I know it is comfortable, which is priority #1 for toddlers! And this mama LOVES how cute the print is – there are so many shark species present, and the teal print has SO much detail; its just beautiful.

For myself, I used Abalone to make two Greenstyle pieces – the Muscle Up Tank (one of their on-sale patterns this month) and Super G leggings. I added small pattern hacks to both (details on those further down in the post), and am completely obsessed with the vibrance of the finished products! This fabric feels amazing and is so gorgeous in person!

Here are the quickie tutorials on how these hacks were achieved:

Greenstyle Muscle Up Tank – Tie bottom crop tutorial
Greenstyle Super G leggings – back waistband phone pocket

Thanks for joining me today friends, I hope you take a look at Sew Dynamic Fabrics for their beautiful and ultra-high quality, sustainable fabrics!