I am all up for mending, customising and making my own clothes. I grew up in a family where most of our clothes were homemade – not great when you are a teenager who wants to wear the latest brands!, but I now appreciate the value of making my own clothes. I won’t lie, I also like the shopping experience and buying nice clothes, but I do this less and less, I use my pieces for a longer period and my wardrobe is now reduced to only those things that deserve the space.
Clothing consumption currently accounts for over 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprints. With Love Your Clothes, a campaign aimed at reducing the impact of clothing on the environment, we’re calling on Londoners to make small, manageable changes that will make a big difference. If we all used our clothes for just nine months longer (extending their average life to around three years), their carbon, water and waste footprints would be reduced by a huge 20-30%!
This Autumn, Recycle for London will be focussing on promoting re-use and repair. As part of this project, we have teamed up with Wandsworth Council to run a ‘Love your Clothes’ sewing workshop for local residents.
Pop over to Love your Clothes website for lots of ideas about how to repair, reuse, refashion & upcycle your own clothes.
Jen, from My Make Do and Mend Life is a great inspiration for anything upcycling, recycling and sustainable living. Have a look at her Clothes section for lots of projects you can do with your items.
The sewing workshop will take place next week, 19th October from 6.30 to 9.30 pm and we will mostly do hand sewing and some machine sewing. We will focus on sharing basic repair skills to increase the life of your clothes. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to repair or refashion your pre-loved items and meet like minded people to share these skills and knowledge with.
Workshops will cover some of the following:
- Sew on missing buttons, fix buttonholes & zips
- Shortening or adding materials
- Sewing patches and finishing with Shasiko embroidery & creative stitching.
- Taking up trousers/skirts
- Altering waistlines
- Re-threading cords and elasticated areas (hand sewing)
- Bring some of your own pieces
- Enjoy some of our wonderful teas & coffees with other people!
This workshop is FREE but spaces are limited, so please reserve your space here.
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