What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?

One pervading thought that still lingers in people’s minds about the lifestyle is that vegan fashion is a little behind when ‘luxury’ materials like leather, suede and exotic animal skins aren’t used. This is something innovative individuals who are environmentally conscious and animal lovers are quickly picking up on and filling the gap for. I will talk more about some of my favourite brands later, but walking through Harrods recently, I noticed how apart from Stella McCartney, there were no other designer brands that were vegan friendly and without paying through the nose for luxury fashion. happy genie is looking to bridge that gap in the market. Continue reading “What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?”

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Giveaway competition: win tickets to Glasgow SEC Crafts for Christmas Show!

We all dread that time when friends or colleagues start talking about the C-word within the first 6 months of the year, but before we know it, we’re already in September! We start thinking about putting money aside for gifts, what we are going to buy and where we’re going to buy it and how to find that perfect gift! Finding something personal, unique that you can say is handmade can be a bit of a muddle, but luckily for us, the Crafts for Christmas show held between 26th and 29th October at the SEC in Glasgow is your one stop shop to pick up beautiful, finished craft and gifts for friends, family and the home.

To help you along with your gift shopping, I can offer you the chance to win not one, but two tickets to the show! Continue reading “Giveaway competition: win tickets to Glasgow SEC Crafts for Christmas Show!”

Discovering a new world of luxurious fabrics from Tissura

Anyone who is experienced with sewing and dressmaking will be able to tell you that the choice of fabric for any project, whether it be a jacket, dress or curtain, is very important. Choosing a lightweight cotton fabric for curtain doesn’t help serve its purpose; using heavyweight fabric for an evening gown makes it impractical. Finding suppliers who offer a great range of beautiful fabric can also be a tricky task. Most sewers are fascinated by haute couture designs, so it’ll come as no surprise that Tissura is the company that can supply you with the same high quality luxurious fabrics, directly from the manufacturers, that premier fashion houses use. Continue reading “Discovering a new world of luxurious fabrics from Tissura”

Welcome to my new blog!

A quick message to say thanks for stopping by my blog! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that for the last 3 and a half years, I was blogging under the name Life of a DIY Shopaholic.

For the last few years, I was (and still am) interested in crafts and sewing and that will never change. I will still continue to feature tutorials and post about craft and sewing projects I’m working on. Since becoming vegan though over 6 months ago, I’ve realised the lifestyle opened up a whole new world for me.

I know how daunting it can be for non-vegans (and new vegans) to navigate around what it means to be vegan, what to buy and what to avoid. Sewing/crafting and veganism are now both really big parts of my life that I feel are important to share, hence why I felt the need to re-brand my blog to become Oh Sew Vegan.

Obviously being vegan, this means that I will be featuring more eco-friendly sewing and craft projects that do not involve use of any animal-derived materials (such as silk, leather or suede).

If you are still interested in reading about my other shenanigans, thoughts on mindfulness and fitness, I will be blogging under A Blogger’s Musings although Oh Sew Vegan will, of course, be my primary focus.

I hope you will continue to support me on my journey through sewing and veganism and thank all of you for your continued support!

The new Scottish Design Exchange department: browsing handmade Scottish textiles

I’m afraid I’ve been a bit slack in the sewing part of my DIY blog. Apart from making baby blankets (see here), about 2 dozen burp cloths (here) and a hooded towel and wash cloth set (here), I’ve been taking a bit of a break from sewing too much. Continue reading “The new Scottish Design Exchange department: browsing handmade Scottish textiles”

DIY tutorial: children’s Christmas faux fur blanket

Making stuff for the little ones has been a lot of fun and I can’t wait to hear what my friends with children think of what I’ve made their wee ones! A project that I really enjoyed was making children’s faux fur blankets because 1) it’s important during these cooler days and nights and children catching a cold is definitely not something you want to happen, and 2) it’s so easy to make. If you’re still thinking of last minute Christmas gifts, this will be a perfect, easy and quick project to whip up in a jiffy!


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Baby sewing tutorial: hooded towel and wash cloth set

I’ve been working laboriously last week while I was on leave from work to try and catch up with baby sewing projects. I’ve managed to get all the pieces cut out and I’m looking to get baby blankets sewn during the week. I’ll hopefully have a quick tutorial on making blankets (for babies and adults!) up on my blog soon for you!

For now, as you’ll probably have realised from my last few posts (here and here), I’ve got a few friends who are mothers to wee humans or are expecting. I collated a series of tutorials for easy sewing projects for babies here which I’m working through, and one project that I figured I’d get done is a hooded towel. Continue reading “Baby sewing tutorial: hooded towel and wash cloth set”

Makers and Friends workshop: saying it in wire

I’ve been told a lot by friends and family how impressed they are that I make my own garments (see here) or made my own jewellery (here). I’ve mentioned to various interested individuals that it’s a skill that’s easily picked up once you know the basics, but I still get quite a few disbelieving looks. Luckily, I was recently contacted by Makers & Friends about attending a wire workshop that shows you just how simple some jewellery and craft projects can be. Continue reading “Makers and Friends workshop: saying it in wire”

My first baby sewing tutorial: So Sew Easy burp cloths

After a lot of deliberating about fabric choices for several baby sewing projects (see the ones I’ve thinking about here), I finally got started on the burp cloth project.

Using So Sew Easy’s perfect burp cloth pattern (download here) I’ve finally made a set for one friend who’s expecting. I’ve still to make another set for a friend who gave birth to her baby boy a couple months ago though! Continue reading “My first baby sewing tutorial: So Sew Easy burp cloths”

Tartan tea dress: inspirations behind the project

I’m constantly on the look out for new designs or fabrics to inspire my next project. Since I got married and made my own tartan shawl in the OH’s family tartan, (see photos from our 2015 wedding here and wedding sewing/DIY projects here), I keep thinking about how I can bring in more of Scottish culture and history into my designs.

One that I feel personal about is the OH’s family tartan. Unfortunately I learned from making the wedding stole (see here) that the family hunting tartan is not one that is sold commercially so will cost more for this particular tartan to be sourced (the half metre of light woolen tartan fabric cost me about £36 for the stole). Even if I can’t use the OHs’ family tartan, I figured I can still use another tartan for my next dressmaking project.


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