I’m Lauren Sims, owner of Why Sew Workshop and lead designer and stitcher for the brand Selvedge Rose. I’ve been sewing professionally for almost 20 years, and every day I gain more respect for the complexities of sewn product design and manufacture.
ABOUT MY PRODUCTS:
I make classic, wearable skirts out of 1930–1980 era fabric sourced for the manufacturing markings on its selvedge (the tightly woven edge of the fabric). A unique tag accompanies every piece. You might find ephemera from the cloth, old price tags, fun facts about the different eras of fabric design, or tidbits about the region or mill where I think the cloth may have been woven. This brings visibility to America’s rich history of textile manufacturing, and dignity to the textile workers who understood and executed the manufacturing process.
In July 2020, Selvedge Rose proudly welcomed Xmittens (a brand developed by Pittsburgh artist Amber Coppings as her solution to working in a chilly studio) to its family. Xmittens’ fleece is made from recycled plastics, bringing the story of American textile manufacture into the present. Every textile worker, past or present, deserves to have warm hands!
Fabric content: Xmittens are made of new fleece fabric made from recycled plastics.
Fabric content: Selvedge Rose’s threads, linings, elastics, and tags are new and will last for the life of the garment. All vintage fabric is pre-laundered and skirts are fully machine washable. The exact fiber content of Selvedge Rose vintage fabrics cannot be determined, but every effort is made to provide accurate information. Please contact us with any questions!