The name means ‘we are given’ and refers to the gift of our sewing talents. Sinikiwe is an NGO in Daveton, South Africa, and was started by Sister Desere Tshilo (first lady from the right)

Her and I have been sewing up a storm this year, and I wanted to share some of the crazy fun from the past six months.


I don’t know what I love about Sinikiwe the most…


It could be that the sewing school operates from a spaza shop, and we use the counter as a cutting table because we’re rebels like that.

Above is Xanelle aka Tote Bag Goddess standing in the shop. I may love most the joke that all projects taken home get ‘borrowed’ by family members never to be seen again. These totes disappeared as scripture bags pretty fast.

I really love seeing Jeri when I go to Sinikiwe, she was my very first sewing machine. I bought her well over 20 years ago and she has sewed many many miles with me. Her button hole function became a bit sketchy late last year (after even sewing for The Green Tailor like a f*cking BOSS), and at the scale I produce now her functionality is pretty minimal in the atelier.


Not wanting to let her miss out on a fashion party I brought Jeri with me to Sinikiwe, where she sabotages many many hopeful new sewers with her antics. I’m honestly dumbfounded at how long this girl KEEPS lasting!

There’s also the fashion of course, which we all know is my one weakness


Accessories by Sinikiwe ❤

Mostly I really love hanging out with some seriously fun people, who are all as addicted to sewing as myself…it’s actually a disaster when you think about it really.

In short, you’d better watch this space for some fashion madness hitting the global stage in a major way!

I mean…just look at this pocket square!!!


It’s made from Shweshwe, possible the most fabulous fabric ever in the history of life. We did a write-up on Shweshwe here.


And now this one must get back to naai, Thanks for all the support peeps, love ya!


The Studio is at 625 Levinia Street, Garsfontein, and open every Thursday from 10am to 10pm. You can also subscribe to this blog by hitting the follow button, and join the monthly newsletter here for scandal and mad fashion.

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