Naomi Huntsman, AKA The Sewloist, is a Brisbane fashion designer with a focus on upcycling and hand-made production. Her Etsy store features a range of made-to-order designs that Naomi creates with reclaimed fabrics from designer offcuts, remnant fabrics and vintage prints she’s collected over the years. Here, the serial upcycler and sustainable fashion warrior gives us a peek in her wardrobe.
Explain your wardrobe
My wardrobe is made up of mostly self made and pre-loved pieces. I am colour and print obsessed – I love combining multiple prints in the same outfit! I only wear natural fibres from head to toe. In the past I have worked for some creative fashion labels so have an overwhelming collection of clothes that I’ve accumulated during that time. The majority of these pieces don’t get worn anymore, slowly but surely I am selling them on so others can find use in them and I can continue to un-clutter my living space a little more. Like most people I tend to wear a small portion of my wardrobe for the majority of the time.
What is the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
My most versatile clothing piece is one of my designs – a relaxed fit smock dress with pockets. It wears well on its own in Summer or layered with a skivvy and tights in the cooler months. It is such a comfortable and versatile design that I have now made it in a few different fabrics for myself, and others.
What is the oldest thing in your wardrobe?
A 1950’s shibori-dyed Japanese silk kimono. Bought here in Australia from a purveyor of vintage Japanese textiles and kimonos.
What is your most loved accessory?
A patchwork drawstring backpack which I made years ago. It travels everywhere I do.. to festivals, the beach, the shops and on overseas holidays.
At what age do you think you cemented your style?
I’m not sure I have cemented my style.. I tend to wear a lot of my own designs these days. I think The Sewloist aesthetic is still evolving so my personal style will continue to evolve with it.
What’s your number one tip for building a sustainable wardrobe?
Determine what values are important to you and only buy new pieces that are in line with them.