Introducing Grinlow Sews

Ruth wearing a knee-length chambray wrap dress made from a vintage 1970s Maudella pattern
Vintage Maudella in chambray

Having spent the past 18-months or so frolicking on Instagram with the joyous bunch that is the online sewing community, the time was nigh to set up this website.

I’ve been meaning to do this for years, but there is always an excuse – new baby, new degree, new job, new… you name it. Not to mention the strange but heady dose of procrastination that keeps you from doing something you know you’ll enjoy.

So, mid-pandemic, here goes! I’m Ruth, a UK-based writer and editor in the full throes of a (just about manageable) love affair with sewing. After nearly twenty years working as a journalist – in magazines, newspapers, broadcast news (most recently, as editor of Love Sewing magazine) – it feels rather sweet to finally set up a blog all of my own.

My focus here will be on sewing, with a hearty side-glance at fashion and style. From vintage pattern love and fabric lust, reviews and how-tos, to think pieces on sewing as it relates to creativity, identity and personal economy.

As the weeks go by, I will explore cultivating your own style through sewing, creating your ideal capsule wardrobe, balancing the basics with a bit of frosting, and much much more.

The lens through which I look at sewing is slow, sustainable fashion with a dash of frugality. Sewing offers a route to more sustainable and ethical fashion; it’s not perfect, and I would never pretend it could be, but it is a start. In this blog I will discuss ethical and environmental concerns, the ins and outs of making your own slow fashion, and how we can minimise our footprint (and our shopping bill) while still celebrating the wonder of sartorial creativity.

Somehow, over the years, my profession and hobby have become entwined: my work encompasses writing, editing, research and consultancy; my play is sewing. So it seems only fitting that work and play collide here.

And if you’re here for the sewing, I hope you enjoy reading the blog. I always have too much to say for Instagram so here is where you will find the full debrief, as well as my thoughts and opinions on all topics relating to sewing, slow fashion and personal style.

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