A Fast-Fashion Alternative

Homer + Howells digital sewing patterns

A Fast-Fashion Alternative

Looking for a new hobby as you self-isolate? If you love British tailoring, boxy fits and big pockets, this one’s for you…

Homer + Howells, a Glasgow company formed by two fashion insiders and launched at the end of 2019, provides digital, downloadable patterns that gives home sewers ‘the tools and skills to dress themselves in sustainable modern clothing’.

Their first collection will have 6 versatile patterns, meant to work well together as a capsule wardrobe as well as fitting into your existing wardrobe. All of the patterns will include sizes UK 6-24 (US 2-20).

Nicola Homer, who was a garment technologist for Topshop, told The Scotsman:

‘Our easy-to-follow instructions enable customers to sew designer-quality clothes using their home sewing machine. Our collection of patterns represents a modern woman’s wardrobe: wearable, functional styles that have longevity.

We love clean lines, contemporary cuts and flattering silhouettes. And of course, our patterns are size inclusive, designed for real body shapes.’

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The first two patterns – Cissy, a 3/4 sleeve tunic, and Jenny, a midi or mini-length skirt – are available now. The dress, tailored suit, coat and jump-suit will be released shortly.

Susan Howells, a pattern cutter for Christopher Kane, said:

‘Consumers are increasingly interested in knowing where and how their clothes are made as well as the ethical and environmental impact of manufacture.

The obvious alternative to fast fashion is to make your own clothes.’

May be time to invest in that sewing machine…