Elle Harris

Sewcial Seamstress,  Mental Health Stigma challenger and slow fashion Advocate.

I am passionate about the idea that investing in yourself is key in creating a balanced mind and positive future.

I’ll be openly honest that I grew up shamelessly lusting after designer brands, buying more than I could ever use and not thinking about where the resources were coming from or the cause and effect of my habit. The first garment I made for myself changed the way I looked at mindless buying in a way that only making something from scratch could. Making my own was hard, time-consuming and needed me to engage my focus on something new.

As I have grown in my skills I have also gained a thorough appreciation for what sewing means to me. Sewing is my way of making a small difference to the bigger picture, but in doing so I have made a massive difference to the way I feel about myself.

Sewing has brought me confidence. Confidence in who I am and my ability to sustain a more positive life. Sewing has given me the chance to be part of a community of sewcialists who support change and each other.

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Sew Positivity is a social platform where I can share with you a more in-depth view of the things that I have created, create dialogue about events and meet ups and advocate investing in your own skill set.

Buy with consideration, support independent and unique companies, get involved with the sewing community and purchase tools that will last over disposable flora and fauna.

 

 

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  • ❤️️ Thank you. To each and everyone of you who supported me positively on my last post. Contrary to belief, I can be incredibly negative and the last month I've been in crisis with my depression over my failing physical health. To read I'm not alone (so much love to those who experience chronic illness), to know my mobility aids won't scare you off and that when I'm low I can read your words and feel comfort.... it means more that I can say. Life saving in fact. Thank you for not turning your back on me. #thisgirlcan ❤️️.
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#babewithamobilityaid #disabledandcute #sewingsavesmysoul #chronicallyfabulous
  • I have to admit that I'm very nervous about posting this photo. Today on my blog I'm sharing a personal side to my sewing whilst reviewing @fehrtrade's new book 'sew your own activewear' and looking at adapting patterns for my disability. I have for a long time hidden my walking aids behind the photographer and found it hard  to come to terms with how by body has changed. Although the temptation  to photoshop this image was strong, I have never doctored my pictures because this is my reality and I can't pretend otherwise. I'd really appreciate you popping over to have a read of my LYCRA loving journey. I feel like I've learned so much and hope that you can see that even if you're not a gym bunny, you can still have a bit of @fehrtrade in your life. ❤️️.
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Fabric and zips from @stoffstil. Woolly nylon threads from @sewessentialuk. Rad blurple walking frame from the NHS. .
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  • As I feel that my poor long suffering partner has been lumped with me, this card means an awful lot today. I'm spending v day in hospital getting MRI scans, which to be fair are probably the most expensive v day gift I've ever had. LOVE YOU NHS. .
I hate v day, so sending bitchy supportive vibes to all those who do to. DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING! Careful now!
  • Final sneak before my blog post. These coverstitch decorative details have an actual purpose... want to have a guess what it is? .
Also If you overlock/coverstitch you're going to NEED this fluffy nylon thread from @sewessentialuk. It's made a massive difference to my make.
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Fabric from @stoffstil ❤️️.
Pattern: @fehrtrade sew your own activewear. #sewyourownactivewear #memade #isew #coverstitch @sewandsouk
  • Sexy sexy details are sexy. Can't quite believe I've made a functioning panel pocket IN  SHINY LYCRA. To think once I couldn't even use jersey and thought you had to interface the whole fabric so you could cut it 🤔 yep. I don't know either 🤗 also, do any of you have to wash *themselves before trying on newly finished garments? Or is that just me... .
Fabrics: all from @stoffstil. Contrast neon thread (more to come on that front) @sewessentialuk. Pattern: from @fehrtrade 'sew your own active wear' ❤️️#sewyourownactivewear @sewandsouk
  • Of course I choose to do my first ever exposed zip on fabric that is pretty much water 👍😂 thanks to @tillybuttons excellent tutorial it went swimmingly 🏊🏻‍♀️.
. sneak peek of my blog post for @fehrtrade new book using fabric and zips from @stoffstil.
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#isew #sewingactivewear #stoffstildiy #stoffstil #sewing #sewcialists #exposedzipper @sewandsouk