From making their own clothes to thrift shopping, more and more fashion lovers are looking into sustainable ways to support the industry.

This has led to a growing interestest in ethical fashion, with millennials and Gen Z’s wanting to avoid fast fashion at all costs.

A number of brands have committed to going green but some fashionistas have taken an interest in DIY fashion instead, opting to make their own clothes or update pieces they already have.


Here are some DIY fashion designers to follow if you want to start making your own clothes.


Ethical fashion designer, Abolaji, not only has the cutest homemade wardrobe but her sewing station is a dream. From polka dot milkmaid blouses to scrunched crop tops, her pieces are mesmerizing. The designer features DIY videos that make it look so easy to make your own clothes.


For some colourful inspiration, Atia is your go-to girl. Besides taking us with her as she makes floral midi dresses and space-dye knitwear, she also hosts un:CUT: The Makers’ Podcast. Her home is stunning too so you can either stay for that or stay for the sewing and even knitting tips as well.

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I’ve made some progress with my knitting, while watching an old film we last watched as children called The Out of Towners (have you seen it?). My dad has a lot to do with my tastes, I read everything we had in the house including all the Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer books, as well as gems such as ‘Supertips’ (‘Over 500 hints to make life easy’). Noura and I also picked up our weaving again, so that we can finish it and try something from @mary_maddocks wonderful new book (PR sample). Like Mary’s Instagram, it’s beautifully photographed. I’m interested in trying the woven pendant pattern, bookmarks and maybe a more ambitious wall hanging over winter. Another slow craft in the long dark months sounds very appealing at the moment 💕

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Lydia Bolton

Designer Lydia Bolton uses old clothes to create new ones, rather than buying fabric to make new pieces. Think footy shirts transformed into going out tops, trackies turned into smart trousers, her talents will surprise you.

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My fave piece from the new collection? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Probably this patchwork knit cardigan. It’s made from unwanted knitwear, cut up, each panel is overlocked to seal the edges and all the panels are hand stitch together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe to see a lols of design development where I had the idea for it but hadn’t managed to make it in the way I was intending. I unpicked this first trial and tried and again. 2nd time lucky and it came out even cuter than I imaged!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Each cardigan is hand made, specially for you so while I used pink thread here, you and customise this and choose your own colour way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is this your fave piece too?!!

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Black Girl Knit Club

Based in east London, Black Girl Knit Club was founded as a virtual place to celebrate Black women and girls who want to learn and share hand skills. From Zoom stitch-alongs to its spotlighting series Black Women In Craft, there are a plenty of resources to inspire you.

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I’m Chelsea, the designer, maker and creator of every piece @chelseahenryco With a background in textiles and fashion design, I’ve always been fascinated with texture and movement. (I have to touch things to really see them.) I self taught macrame while incorporating the knotting technique into a project at university. I just loved how versatile macrame and weaving can be. If you want it to be minimal contemporary, it can be that. There’s also something so satisfying working directly with your hands. Being black and female, I think it’s crucially important to have a personal creative outlet of expression, without the weight of expectation and perfection. Which is why communities like Black Girl Knit Club are so important! I craft bags, jewelry, cushions and wall decor for the modern textiles enthusiast. In the near future I plan on creating larger installation-like pieces for interior design projects. I hope you enjoy my craft as much as I enjoy creating it 💕 Lots of love, Chelsea

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Gyasti Averia

Indonesian LA-based designer Gyasti Averia is every minimalist’s dream with her seemingly simple creations. You should follow her if you love linen and neutral colours but she definitely is not scared of using colour either.

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~ric rac~ . I was inspired by a Gorman dress when I decided to make this dress, the one that @katilulemakes made first! 😍 The pattern is @peppermintmagazine & @elbe_textiles #PeppermintMaxiDress 💞 . I made a size B and shortened it by 7” to make it a midi dress on my 5’1” self. I added some fuchsia 7mm ric rac just for kicks. @natalie_ebaugh totally sucked me in with her ric rac amazingness 😍😍😍. . Fabric is 100% cotton from @itokri, I got 0.5m of each color. . This dress will also go under “stuff I don’t ever wear but enjoyed making” lol. . Image id: an Asian woman is standing with one of her hands on her waist. She is wearing a color block sleeveless cotton midi dress and a white pair of block heel shoes. . #youcanhackit #ricrac #rickrack #sewcialists #fortheloveofsewing #handmadecloset #handmadeclothing #handmadeisbetter #homesewn #ilovesewing #imadethis #indiesewing #makeitsewcial #modernsewist #selfsewn #sewallthethings #sewingaddict #sewingpatterns #sewmyheartout #slowfashionmovement #wearhandmade #freepattern

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