On average, we only wear garments 7 times before getting rid of them…Most women only wear 20-30% of the clothes in their wardrobe.


It is no secret that the fashion industry creates a huge amount of waste. I was really surprised to read the statistics on the website quoted above about just how much waste we produce simply by updating our wardrobes each season. As I was reading through the articles on sustainyourstyle.org I couldn’t help but think about my own wardrobe and the impact I have had on this issue too.

When I was pregnant, I would constantly hear people talk about how much your body changes after you have a baby. I have to admit, I knew about the obvious things like my baby bump wouldn’t instantly disappear and I might carry a little more weight for a while but other than that I didn’t really understand just how much my body would change. Honestly, I thought I would fit right back into my old clothes within a couple weeks. I look back now and laugh at my old self for being so naive. A year and a half after having had Olivia, I still cant fit back into all my old clothes and the ones that do fit me… well they just don’t feel like me any more! Needless to say my wardrobe has had a bit of an over hall over the past 16 months. But, when I stumbled across the above mentioned website, I started to wonder if there was a better way for me to update my clothes, while still doing my bit for the environment. Thankfully I had recycled some of my clothes and donated the rest to charity but I still wondered if there was something else I could do that would mean I was doing my bit for the environment, enjoying new clothes, and maybe even saving myself a few pennies in the mean time! I got to thinking and I decided to start a new blog series that would follow my journey (and that of others) of using embroidery to give the clothes that are already in my wardrobe a new lease of life!


photos Courtesy  of
Tipu and Tapu

To get this blog series kick started, let me introduce you to Evelina from Tipu and Tapu. I asked Evelina to write a guest post for the blog giving us her top 3 ways to use embroidery to make your very own unique espadrilles! Here is what she had to say:

One of the easiest and prettiest ways to decorate your espadrilles is to embroider them. So I would love to share with you my TOP 3 embroidery designs on espadrilles:


Do you have a quote that means a lot to you? Or maybe you want to personalize your espadrilles with your name?

I decided to make my Italian espadrilles for my trip to Rome. The quote “Eat Pasta – Run Fasta” summarized my trip to this beautiful city pretty well. These classic black espadrilles were inspired by Saint Laurent espadrilles. I really like the way the brand name is unevenly embroidered on the shoe. It makes plain black shoes special and unique…and doesn’t break the bank!


Peonies are my favourite flowers. I wanted to make bright but romantic espadrilles that I could wear with white summer dresses, so that’s how these espadrilles were born. I chose a different colour for the shoes and a slightly different picture of the flowers to make it more unique.

 Get your own Classic Beige Espadrille kit


These small, cute embroidered tassels recently got my attention. I thought it would look really beautiful if I added a few of these small colourful tassels on beige espadrille mules. I think it turned out pretty well! I love how bright and fun these shoes are and that you can style them with simple, basic items and it will really make your outfit pop.

To learn how to create the tassel stitch see the Knowle Craft Stitch Tutorial

Evelina kindly gifted me a DIY espadrilles kit, so I could have a go at making some myself and I am so excited to get started on them this week. To keep up to date with Evelina you can find her on Instagram at:


I would love it if you joined me on my journey of updating my wardrode through embroidery. If you had 1 item in your wardrobe that you could update with embroidery, what would it be? Let me know in the comments

Happy Stitching!

One thought on “Sustainable Fashion: Top 3 Ways to Update Your Espadrilles

  1. Alfredo Spalinger says:

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