SEPT WED SEW SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Mend, Alter, Upcycle & Reinvent your Clothes

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SEPT WED SEW SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Mend, Alter, Upcycle & Reinvent your Clothes

187.50
  • Wednesday 4th September to Wednesday 17th October

  • 10am - 1pm

  • Colour and Cloth (map)

LEVEL : All levels are welcome, although some sewing experience would be preferable.

Class length: 7 x 3 hour sessions (21 hours teaching time)

Class size: Max 5 students so you reap the benefits of lots of tutor attention.  This provides a great learning environment in a welcoming sewing studio space.

I am delighted to introduce our new series of classes and workshops on Sustainable Sewing, Mending and Making. They are called The ‘SEW SUSTAINABLE STYLE SERIES’ . There will be LOTS more to come!

ABOUT YOUR CLASS…

This class is for those who are very curious about clothes.  The transformation can be as simple as the change of a button.  We will don our creative hats to look at clothing differently, not only for the purpose for which it was intended.  Turning garments inside out, upside down and creating individual styles. We also look at mending, altering to re-style and for better fit and caring for our clothes and giving them a new lease of life. These classes will combine hands on and demonstrative skills. 

Although focusing on our clothes, Christine will take you on a tour of her home where every room has been designed and make by reinventing and upcycling, with many skip, charity shop, gumtree and ebay finds.

This class includes an outing to the local charity shops on the Creagh Road. There we will look at the garments in different ways. Christine will advise what to look for in a charity shop rummage! The thrill of the chase is addictive!

 

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  • Wednesday 4th September to Wednesday 17th October

  • 10am - 1pm

  • Colour and Cloth (map)



LEVEL : All levels welcome

Class length: 7 x 3 hour sessions (21 hours teaching time)

Class size: Max 5 students so you reap the benefits of lots of tutor attention.  This provides a great learning environment in a welcoming sewing studio space.

I am delighted to introduce our new series of classes and workshops on Sustainable Sewing, Mending and Making. They are called The ‘SEW SUSTAINABLE STYLE SERIES’ . There will be LOTS more to come!

ABOUT YOUR CLASS…

This class is for those who are very curious about clothes.  The transformation can be as simple as the change of a button.  We will don our creative hats to look at clothing differently, not only for the purpose for which it was intended.  Turning garments inside out, upside down and creating individual styles. We also look at mending, altering to re-style and for better fit and caring for our clothes and giving them a new lease of life. These classes will combine hands on and demonstrative skills.  Altering garments is a fantastic skill to have, and can also lead to a new career path!

Although focusing on our clothes, Christine will take you on a tour of her home where every room has been designed and make by reinventing and upcycling, with many skip, charity shop, gumtree and ebay finds.

This class includes an outing to the local charity shops on the Creagh Road. There we will look at the garments in different ways. Christine will advise what to look for in a charity shop rummage! The thrill of the chase is addictive!

Materials required at first class: Please bring a selection of garments that need mended or you would like altered / upcycled in some way.   A notepad, pencil and a camera will also be useful. 

Why learn to repair and reinvent?

In today's throw away society,  learning to sew is lifelong sustainable skill set that can both save us money and make us money.  Reinventing and redesigning allows us to dress individually and find our own style.  Owning something that no-one else has. By investing time to look after, launder and repair our clothing, rather than replacing it, we return to having an emotional connection with our clothes.  It helps to consider the journey our clothes make;  from the farmer planting the cotton seed, the weaver weaving the cloth, the pattern making, the stitcher and the point of purchase.  Our clothes are our second skin and they should be respected.

ABOUT YOUR TUTOR ... Christine's mum taught her to sew when she was six, which means she has been sewing for over 39 years! She has over 25 years experience in fashion and textiles. With a career spanning 8 years employment in the Fashion and Textiles Industry she now celebrates 10 years of self employment working in costume for film, theatre, television (Game of Thrones) and large scale productions. Christine tutored at Belfast Metropolitan College for 6 years before deciding to run her own brand of classes from home.  Our N.I Sewing Bee Angeline Murphy was once one of her dressmaking students. Since 2008 she has taught more than 2000 students. She has taught from age 5 to 95 years young!  She teaches with patience, enthusiasm and encouragement at every step. Click here to read testimonials from her past students.

Equipment: All sewing machines and sewing equipment will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you wish.  We have a mixture of modern and vintage sewing machines. Also an overlocker and a coverstitch machine, perfect for stitching jersey knits.

The Venue: Classes are held in Christine's quirky up-cycled home studio which has been featured both on television (Great Interior Design Challenge) and in national interior magazines.  This gives Christine access to her wardrobe where 90% of her wardrobe is vintage, thrifted, re-invented and altered. She has been charity shopping since 1992 when she bought a pair of Spanish Leather boots for £5 in St Georges Market on the way to Art College.


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