Roadtest: DIY Fashion & Suppliers

Worried about the impact of fast fashion? Emma McConnell guides you through how to make your own clothes using local suppliers and community know-how.

Bobbin & Ink

If you’re new to creating your own clothing, or perhaps don’t know where to start, then this is the place for you! Specialising in sewing and screen printing, on-site classes are available that cater for both kids and adults of various skill levels. Once you’ve mastered the basics you are welcome to join their members’ club that allows either hourly or monthly rental of the equipment located in the store. It’s the perfect alternative to buying your own machine, allowing you to spend your hard-earned cash on supplies for your newly acquired hobby.

412 Parramatta Rd, Petersham;

Jack Textiles

Once you’ve got the basics covered (and your confidence is up) it’s time to think seriously about the materials you’ll need. Good quality fabrics and supplies not only make the process of sewing easier but also assist in prolonging the life of your bespoke wares. Jack’s Textiles in Marrickville is a one-stop shop for fabric, having serviced residents for over a decade. You’re spoilt for choice at Jack’s, and getting amongst the immense array of textiles will surely inspire your inner DIY fashionista.

240 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville; 0402 980 588

The Granny Square

Don’t have a knack for sewing? Why not try your hand at needle crafts instead! The Granny Square is the ideal place to satisfy all your woolly wants, with a variety of products available to get you knitting and crocheting like a professional. This cosy store stocks a great selection of wool in an abundance of colours and textures, as well as all the necessary books, patterns and knitting needles of all shapes and sizes. Feel free to visit with your current DIY venture if you require any advice, hints, tips or tricks to keep your project on track. Stop dreaming of that perfect pair of winter socks – simply make them yourself!

47 King Street, Newtown;

All Buttons Great And Small

What a better way to finish off your new creations than to embellish them with the perfect buttons. Located towards the southern end of King Street, this Newtown icon is certainly not hard to miss. After admiring the window display you are warmly welcomed by rows and rows of marvellous buttons – over 13,000 varieties to be exact! Their immense range caters for all tastes and budgets and changes regularly, so you’ll be certain to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re extra lucky you may also meet a new furry friend inside!

419A King St, Newtown;