Elle Harris

Sewcial Seamstress,Β  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.


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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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance πŸ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. β€οΈπŸ˜”β€οΈ. Big hugs guys xxx
Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
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  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. πŸ˜‚.
#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
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  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
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  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique ❀️ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs πŸ€— xxx.
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