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The Saturday Session: Awesome Upcycling : Re-THINK, Re-DESIGN, Re-MAKE

  • Colour and Cloth 140 Roslyn Street Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT6 8JL United Kingdom (map)

These are project based workshops on a Saturday afternoon, Each week a different project is embraced. The workshops are priced individually.

Level:  Either attended The Saturday Session: Make Do and Mend / Intro to Up-cycling course or have practical hand and machine sewing skills.

Workshop length: 4 hours with a 15 minute break.  Refreshments provided.

Price: £ 45   BOOK NOW

This afternoon workshop is a follow on for those who have attended the 'Make Do and Mend and Intro to Up-cycling' class.  Its also for those who are very curious about clothes.  The transformation can be as simple as the change of a button.  We will take Up-cycling your wardrobe to another level and don our creative hats to look at clothing differently, not only for the purpose for which it was intended.  

Please bring a few items of clothing from your wardrobe that you wish to  reinvent into a new style. This workshop will combine hands on and demonstrative skills. 


Why learn to repair and reinvent and up-cycle?

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, and that you have made / re-made by yourself. 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 36 years! She has over 25 years experience in fashion, film costume, and self employment in Northern Ireland. She teaches with patience, enthusiasm and encouragement at every step.  Our N.I Sewing Bee Angeline Murphy was once one of her dressmaking students. Since 2008 she has taught more than 2000 students.

The Venue: Classes are held in Christine's quirky up-cycled home studio which has been featured both on television and in magazines.  This gives Christine access to her wardrobe where she can show students every clothes that she has re-designed, altered and mended.

Equipment: All sewing machines and sewing equipment is provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you wish. A notepad, pencil and a camera are recommended.

Materials required at first class:  Please bring a few items of clothing from your wardrobe that you would like to transform.  Habadashery can be bought at the workshop if required.

Maximum in class: 5 students. Class sizes are limited to 5 people so that students benefit from focused guidance.  There must be a minimum of 3 bookings for the class to run.

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