Ethical clothing, handmade in the UK

We make clothing and accessories that are ethical and playful. We only use fabrics that have proven evidence for sustainability, including certified organic cotton, linen and hemp. No greenwashing. Each item is made to-order in our studio in Nottingham, UK and 100% of our scraps are recycled within the UK.

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Sewing patterns

As part of our goal to make sustainable fashion as accessible as possible, we also sell our designs as sewing patterns, with instructions for you to make up the items yourselves.

Each pattern is an instant PDF download that you can print at home on A4 or have printed on A0 paper. We provide step-by-step instructions on how to print the pattern, cut the fabric and sew the project. Moreover, we include a: glossary; size guide; and information on how you can alter the project for your preference.

Note: our patterns are for your personal use only.

About ford & guy

Started by Suzie Ford in 2020, ford & guy is passionate about playful and expressive fashion that is both sustainable and ethically handmade. We do our research to ensure we only use fabrics that have evidenced sustainable credentials. This limits the range of fabrics we can work with, but ensures that we do not greenwash you.

We design, pattern cut and make each product in our workshop in Nottingham, England:

“My main aim is to increase access to and choice in responsible products. This is not to increase overall product consumption, but to change the way that we think about the fashion industry.” -Suzie

We use a mixture of certified organic, fair trade and locally-sourced fabrics with a rich plant-based content and that reduce damaging farming practises, pollution and evidence worker conditions. Moreover, we make our products to-order so that we do not produce waste. What small scraps we do produce, we repurpose into other projects or pay to be fully recycled within the UK into loft insulation.

*Important note on greenwashing*

Many brands right now claim they are ‘sustainable’ but use 100% cotton- we cannot stress enough how misleading this is. Regular cotton is actually one of the worst fabrics for impact on the environment due to the farming methods. Please look for organic or recycled cotton!

Sustainable Fabric Directory

We have put together a sustainable sewing directory that links to a number of resources, including where to source sustainable fabrics and haberdashery, along with amazing learning materials.

Mindful Maker Collective

Many people in the world are working hard to develop ethically and sustainably-made products. The Mindful Maker Collective aims to bring together a selection of these items and the amazing people behind them. We host 30 amazing makers in our store (96 Chilwell Road, NG9 1ES), alongside our products. You can also find them listed in our Mindful Maker Collective page here.

I purchased a hand-painted bamboo jacket as a Christmas present for my spouse. The jacket is stunning, and she absolutely loves it!
As the jacket was meant to be a surprise, ford&guy worked directly with me to get the sizing right, and it fits perfectly.
So, we are very happy. Thank you to ford&guy for making such beautiful and sustainable fashion.

Curt, Indiana USA

We had such an amazing and informative bespoke session with Suzie today, learning how to make dog bandanas. Suzie made us feel at ease and we learnt so much in the time we had. We can’t wait for our next session, thank you!!

Bekky, Yorkshire UK

I’ve purchased 5 pairs of the denim overalls for me and friends as they are just so versatile and comfortable at the same time as being stylish.We are all super pleased and the fit and cut is just perfect for all body shapes. 

Claire, Midlands UK

Perfect sweatshirt. The fabric is wonderful quality. Well made and extremely durable. I love this shop!

Catherine, West Sussex UK

This is such a beautiful jacket. The perfect weight, colour and such a unique shape. You can tell it’s been made with love and care. I’m so excited to wear it!

Helen, Derbyshire UK

I just received my fair trade handwoven jacket and I LOVE it. The fabric is so light and the cut really flattering. It layers well. I wore it today for the first day at a new job. Thanks, Ford&Guy. Looking forward to buying more of your future designs!

Elizabeth, Pennsylvania USA

The jacket arrived on time, and well packaged. The material and quality of construction is great – and looks even better in person! Thank you!

Amelia, Australia

Love this scrunchie! Delivery was super fast and the product is the perfect chunky scrunchie, an easy statement accessory for your hair. Love the colour choice too. Would recommend

Helen, Birmingham UK