Slow Fashion Resources

A growing directory of slow fashion resources, including fabric sources, how-tos, blogs, ready-made clothing, and more.

Books

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess

Knit Local: Celebrating America’s Homegrown Yarns by Tanis Gray

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

Slow Clothing: Finding meaning in what we wear by Jane Milburn

Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking by Anne Elizabeth Moore

 

Sewing, Knitting, and Mending

Visible Mending features a gallery of visible mending techniques.
visiblemending.com 

Reclaimed & Rescued Fabric

FABSCRAP is located in Brookyn, NY and recovers fabrics from high-end designers in New York City, sold as a sustainable alternative to destruction and discard in landfill.  Their stock is unique and changes frequently because of the nature of their items.
fabscrap.org/online-store

Natural Fiber, Yarn, and Fabric

HoneyBeGood carries popular organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly fabrics for quilting, apparel, and more.
honeybegood.com

The Shepherd’s Mill in Phillipsburg, KS, is a personal favorite as it’s somewhat local to me; they process fleeces into spinning fiber and finished yarn.
kansasfiber.com/shop

Organic Cotton Plus offers organic cotton, wool, hemp, linen, and other fabrics, as well as lace, notions, and yarn.  Some of it is made in the USA, some is imported.
organiccottonplus.com

Vreseis Limited is a high-end brand of organic, color-grown cotton by Sally Fox; this company offers carded cotton fiber, yarn, cloth, and more.
vreseis.com/shop

Blogs & Educational Resources

Fashion Revolution is a social enterprise wanting to “unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.”  Visit their site to learn about the importance of transparency in the fashion industry.
fashionrevolution.org

Fibershed is a California-based organization helping to develop regional fiber systems that build soil & protect the health of our biosphere.
fibershed.com

Fringe Association is a knitting blog, but with lots of other great clothing inspiration and resources as well.
fringeassociation.com 

My Green Closet is a series (posted every Thursday) of high-quality video blogs focusing on ethical/eco-friendly fashion.  Definitely worth a watch!
youtube.com/mygreencloset

Regeneration International hosts a Care What You Wear campaign, and their site includes educational resources, statistics, and a directory of responsible brands.
regenerationinternational.org/care-what-you-wear/

Textile Beat is a social enterprise inspiring a creative approach to the way we dress, through a slow clothing philosophy.
textilebeat.com

Online Tools & Apps

National Mill Inventory is a project by Fibershed, and strives to collect information on existing mills in the United States.
nationalmillinventory.com

Podcasts

Clothes Making Mavens: a sewing podcast about handmade fashion.
clothesmakingmavens.com

Seamwork Radio: stories about designing, making, and wearing your own clothing.
radio.seamwork.com

Thread Cult: a podcast for the sewing, fashion, and textile obsessed.
threadcult.com

Sustainable Clothing & Accessories

CGC Leather Handbags
Climate-benefiting leather handbags are crafted from certified Animal Welfare Approved flocks raised in the Midwest. CGC’s full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather comes directly from lambs that are shepherded ethically on pasture, then manufactured in small batches in the US. Thanks to a closed-loop production process, your CGC leather handbag is traceable all the way back to the farm, connecting you to the soil.  cgchandbags.com

Moth and Rust
Handmade in Kansas; unique and custom-made clothing, accessories, and more.
mothandrusthandmade.etsy.com