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Textile, fashion and clothing website links

Clothing Exchange

Go to this site to learn about a professional swapping service that promotes the simple notion of swapping instead of shopping for a better wardrobe and better world. The Clothing Exchange is building a sustainable fashion community, bringing like-minded people together and working positively towards the future of a greener world. The swaps are run by devoted teams across Australia who host events with the intention to swap towards a greener future through the fun of swapping.

CSIRO Textiles

Go to this site to learn about Australia’s national science agency, one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. This textiles link provides recent studies, news releases, events, publications, experts, resources (fact sheets), and science surrounding textiles in Australia.

Cut Out and Keep

Go to this site for an online community for crafty and creative people to make and share step-by-step tutorials. Post your own tutorials, show off things you’ve made or have a go at creating someone else’s project.

DIYStyle

DIYStyle is a weekly vodcast (video podcast or web video), a project database, an online community, sewing world and much more. It creates an upbeat, fashion-forward show for a fresh audience of sewers and fashion-minded people. This website features sewing projects, how to design, sewing tips, designer interviews, and handy resources to help with textile projects.

Ethical Fashion Forum

This site is a not-for-profit network focusing upon social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. It provides tools and resources needed to reduce poverty, reduce environmental damage and raise standards in the fashion industry.

Fairwear Australia

Go to this site to learn about the FairWear campaign to actively encourage Australians to think critically about where the clothes we wear are produced and under what conditions.

Fashion and Ethical Industry (FEI) (Behind the Label project)

FEI operates with the financial assistance of the European Union. This page is aimed at students in fashion-related courses. It aims to raise awareness about working conditions in garment supply chains, company practices and initiatives to improve conditions. The website also aims to equip students to play an active role in raising standards in the supply chains of the companies they might work for in the future.

Fashion future of 2025 Report (warning, large file)

This report calls for a sustainable fashion industry and is designed to help organisations and educators to take action that will safeguard the future, protect our environment and improve the lives of customers, workers and suppliers around the world. The report explores four vivid scenarios about how climate change, resource shortages, population growth and other factors will shape the world of 2025 and the future of the fashion industry within it. The scenarios are designed as a tool to challenge companies’ strategies, inspire them with new opportunities and help them plan for the future.

FIDM—Just for educators
This site focuses on creative and innovative skills to develop students’ skills in fashion, visual arts, interior design, and entertainment. It provides educators with presentations, projects, activities and classroom resources surrounding industry-based skills and knowledge.

Levi Strauss
Levi Strauss & Co is all about creating sustainable futures for their products, people and for the world. This site shows how Levi Strauss incorporates sustainability into their everyday business—a great resource to show how Levi Strauss reaches beyond the boundaries of their company to influence, not only what people wear, but the way people think and act.

Made—A creative collection blog
Made is a blog by a mother who loves textiles and has created a blog that has lots of tutorials, home improvement ideas, recipes and design ideas. This website can inspire new and fresh DIY textile projects.

SEW-lutions Guidelines
Try here for educational articles in PDF format. They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner and learn-to-sew instructions to advanced sewing techniques. The Guidelines project is ongoing and new Guidelines are added on a regular basis.

Sew, Mamma, Sew
Sew, Mamma, Sew is a modern blog website that has sewing tutorials, project ideas and giveaways. You can also join the supportive sewing community in a forum to share skills and learn something new.

Social Alterations—Ethic Fashion Design Lesson Plans
Social Alterations hopes to serve as a networking platform for anyone interested in social responsibility in fashion design. The site aims to explore and discuss the interconnectedness of design and social responsibility, with the hopes of further understanding the relationship between both ethical issues surrounding working conditions and environmental concerns within the supply chain of the textile and apparel industry.

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion is a guidebook for educators. It was organised and created by Fashioning an Ethical Industry. This guidebook brings sustainability and ethics into your teaching and, by doing so, motivates students to consider the people and environment when making decisions in their future careers.

Teaching Resources
This website has been provided to collect together resources which can be used and adapted by teachers and trainees within schools. All resources have been provided willingly and free of charge by the original creators so we can build a wide selection of helpful material.

UK Handmade Online Magazine
UK Handmade is a design-led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. UK Handmade provides advice and resources to its members as well as collaborating and connecting with businesses to further the handmade cause for the benefit of all through the online magazine, website and forum.