THE PROCESS: GARMENT

Minimising waste and energy usage at all stages of the crafting process and building toward longevity, the wearer becomes enveloped in a character piece that lasts.

PREPARATION OF TEXTILE FOR GARMENT CONSTRUCTION | In Studio

| Medium format instant photo taken outside Oaxacan studio

All fabric is washed before garment construction to ensure there is no shrinkage later.

Colour palette + texture, textile dye and embellishment testing
| Natural fibres / Salt-mineral textures

TEXTILE DESIGN: ILLUSTRATION + REPEAT PATTERNS

Rebecca forms her graphite and ink drawings into seamless repeat patterns, before hand-batiking onto linen and adding to natural dye-baths or embellishing by hand, creating raised textures.

PLANT DYEING

GOTS certified organic indigo vat, forest plants and food waste gathered locally to create rich hues free from toxic chemicals. Currently in research stages: testing processes that reduce water wastage and ensuring set of dye is wash-fast.

Beeswax used in creating batik designs, created by gentle, stingless Mayan Melipona bees, is sourced locally from Yucatan Herbal in Macario Gomez, Tulum.

TEXTILE EMBELLISHMENT

Motifs are appliquéd by hand. Using pattern-cutting offcuts of special natural and vintage fabrics, Rebecca builds colourful structures and scenes. Dreamed up while hand piecing over her own beloved garments to lengthen their lives. 

Textured embroideries are stitched and couched by hand using hand-dyed natural and metallic yarns. Bold, textured or meticulously patterned with the trace of her hands, each tells a story.

Hand couched embellishment on organic cotton slip dress | in Tulum studio

CREATING THE GARMENT  | In studio

DESIGNING, PATTERNMAKING, PATTERNCUTTING, TOILE + DEVELOPMENT

Considered zero and minimum waste patternmaking methods are used to create fluid, relaxed silhouettes, designed especially for hand-woven fabrics, their weave and drape allowing for breathability and ease of movement.  Pattern pieces are drawn by hand on brown paper, labeled and cut to precision.  Once natural fabrics have been pre-washed and lightly pressed, pattern pieces are traced and cut out using sheers. 

Once the sample garment toile has been worn, tested and considered, adjustments are made until the piece has a comfortable fit, style and longevity built in. 

Fabric off-cuts:  Alongside the making of minimum waste garments Rebecca hand-stitches books – salvaging remnants of beautiful fabrics while producing no waste (minimum waste pattern shapes are made with this endeavour in mind).  Each book is unique; its pages of ecologically made cotton paper sourced from Taller Arte Papel Vista Hermosa (San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico). 

CONSTRUCTION + HAND FINISHING

Rebecca currently sews all garments herself meticulously, in true slow fashion, in her jungle studio in Tulum.

| Always seeking like-minded people to collaborate with – currently looking for a machinist based in Tulum. Contact Rebecca to find out more.

Made to Last