The Jumpsuit & A Fashion Revolution Wrap Up

all photography by the talented  Diana Alvaro

all photography by the talented Diana Alvaro


this post is unsponsored & comes from a place of hope, gratitude and transparency. the jumpsuit that i got in Guatemala I paid for, and this is not an ad - just my sincere thoughts about fair trading practices and my attempt to show my thanks for the way that Pixan House and others in Guatemala allowed me to travel through their space & showed me such warmth <3


If you've been following along on instagram, you might have seen this post from when I got to visit Guatemala and found my way to Pixan House in Quetzaltenango. Pixan is an organization of indigenous weavers and designers in Guatemala, a sister program to the Highland Women's Association. 

If you've been following along with Fashion Revolution, you might have seen a lot of incredibly interesting and important dialogue around what it means to be "sustainable" and "ethical". In particular, the words of French Malian dyer Aboubakar Fofana in his series of instagram posts on the topics of "fair" trade and colonialism stuck out to me. 


He talks about the way that often Western designers use artisans in 'developing' economies as a way to appease their own guilt, often at the expense of the artisan and their communities, and ultimately leading to more wealth disparity. 

This is why organizations like Pixan are so crucial. Pixan is direct trade - not fair trade - (which can be prohibitively expensive for smaller organizations), they work directly with indigenous highland weavers, and they are staffed and run by Guatemalan women. Formed as a reaction to the civil war which occurred in Guatemala in the 1960s, the organization aims to support and sustain indigenous women living in the highlands.  

Doing trade in a way that is truly fair to all parties involved is certainly not simple or easy, but I feel excited and hopeful as I introduce you to Pixan. 


They've recently launched an Etsy store as a way to gain a wider audience for their beautifully-made cloth goods, most of which are naturally dyed with local plant materials and all of which are hand woven by artisans in Guatemala. 

I'm especially stoked to tell you that the jumpsuit they custom fit for me is now available on their Etsy, too! (and it comes in 3 different colors! - I kind of want another!) It's 100% cotton and the most comfortable thing on the planet. 

And as a special thanks to my patreon supporters, folks who are donating $5+USD/month are getting a discount code sent to them shortly - this code is good for your first purchase with Pixan, so if you'd like a discount on your jumpsuit purchase, access to additional content from me, and future discount codes, you can become a patron here

More Guatemala thoughts coming soon, as soon as I can process it all & get some solid headspace to write up some content. Looking forward to sharing more with you. x 

Not Perfect Linen x Close Knit GIVEAWAY

If you've been following me on instagram for a little bit, you'll know that I am a huge linen fan - specifically Not Perfect Linen

I first bought the ice blue dress from Have Company, wore it basically every single day, then realised it made absolute perfect sense to get the dress in a couple more colours (so I picked up the natural and the charcoal grey), and they've since become the staples of my wardrobe - getting layered over pants, under kimonos, under handknit sweaters. 

I love a lot of things about these dresses - the fact that the wrinkle actually looks good (a win for an ironing averse human like me), that stains seem to easily lift from them (I get a lotta bike grease on them), but most of all, I love the pockets.

POCKETS - I know I'm not alone in loving a good pocket, especially in a sweet little dress. But what's great about these pockets is that they're deep enough to hold my phone and keys, and I can cycle without fear of them falling out! This is a huge deal for me, and I often end up choosing these dresses over others that I own because of this. Another win - since I can put stuff in my pockets, it actually weighs the dress down a little bit, so when it's windy, I don't have any Marilyn-Monroe-steam-vent-situations (not that I'm opposed to that or anything). 

You all know how much I love them, and the family over at Not Perfect Linen and I wanted you to be able to know this love like I do! 

So, we're hosting a GIVEAWAY (that's open worldwide)  for one of their sleeveless linen dresses in the colour/size of your choosing.

Here's how to enter: 

1. Follow @notperfectlinen and @close_knit on instagram

2. like the giveaway photo on @close_knit

3. comment on this blog post with the colour of dress you'd most like to receive, and include your instagram handle so I an find ya! 

Giveaway will close on the 7th Dec, 2016 9am AEST. 

FREE PATTERN - Feel It All Shawl

The feel it all shawl is a free-form, decide-as-you-go, feel it shawl. Knit during a time when I was feeling a lotta things, I wanted something I could pick up and just decide what I wanted to do with it in that moment. no specific plan or destination, just a journey I could take with whatever I was feeling in that moment. 

I encourage you to feel your way through this shawl, just do whatever feels right or good to you in that moment - make mistakes, rip them out (or don't) and keep playing around. This is a good one to get your binge watch on on Netflix. For me it was Jane, the Virgin (highly recommend, btw just the right amount of stuff going on to be fun, but not so much going on that you have to pay *that* much attention) 

download your free "feel it all shawl" pattern here


What do you think? Will you give this improvisational shawl a crack? 



The Super Simple Beanie Pattern (Free Download) + A Shop Update

You might have noticed that I've been doing a bit of swapping around over here (or you probably didn't, and that's cool too!), so I wanted to pop the Super Simple Beanie up for you in this post to download, and let you know that my patterns from now on (free and paid) will be available through the link at the top navigation (Pattern Shop), which takes you to my Ravelry store! Not on Ravelry? It's free to join and there are tons of patterns. Not into Ravelry? Get in touch and we'll sort something out! 

Click HERE to download your free Super Simple Beanie Pattern.