The UK left the EU on the 1st January 2021 and over the coming months and years lots of things are going to change. Some things will become more interesting, and others will become more infuriating. Prices may increase or decrease. We'll see new goods and brands in our shops and supermarkets. But what does Brexit mean for sewers, small businesses, fabric buyers, fabric shops and the textile industry in general?
Brexit, Fabric and the Textiles Industry – what’s going to happen next?
What is OEKO-TEX certified fabric and does it matter?
OEKO-TEX certification of fabric gives buyers some comfort but it's never going to be the whole solution. The textiles industry is huge, and growing. That means we need to make smart, informed choices, do the maths and research and never ignore fabrics without an OEKO-TEX label.
Sewing with jersey fabric and stretch viscose is not hard!
In the UK, we’re regularly told that sewing with jersey fabrics and stretch viscose fabrics is hard; that you need new techniques or equipment; that the results are unpredictable unless you're an expert with a big, white self-contained sewing room. This is just not true, and it's a shame because it puts beginners off even trying to sew with stretch fabrics.
Welcome to Simple Life Fabrics!
Simple Life Fabrics opens its online doors for the very first time this week, and I'm excited! It's a big leap into the unknown but fabric is soft and hopefully the landing will not be too hard! Whatever happens, like many people, I needed to change direction; shake things up and do something I really love.