It's a Stitch Up: Upcycle Your Clothes

by Make Mee Studio

1 reviews
1 reviews
You can learn inventive ways to update and revamp your clothes.

Embroidery Class

2 hour class

Beginner

Lewisham SE8

It's a Stitch Up: Upcycle Your Clothes
by Make Mee Studio

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Classes

2 hour class

Evening

You can bring along your worn out, broken or unloved clothing to this workshop where sewing facilitators Make Mee Studio will show you how you can use print and hand stitching to breath new life into your clothes!

We'll be showing you how to use simple and effective printing techniques & hand embroidery to adapt your clothes. All ages and abilities welcome.

Why?

Almost a quarter of the clothes we have in wardrobes are going unworn. Some people throw them away but over 300,000 tonnes of clothes go into Landfill every year, and 95% of that could be reused or recycled!

A lot of effort goes into making clothing and we think they should be loved, cherished and given a second chance and want everyone to have the skills to be able to save clothing from landfill.

When you can sew you have great power in being able to unlock the potential in broken, forgotten, ill fitting items and turn them in to something new and keep them in use for longer.

It's heartbreaking when you think about the time, energy and resources that go into making our clothes and the people in the supply chain that make them, and we just throw them in the bin! It's time to opt out of the endless fast fashion, throwaway culture.

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Keith Morkel
30 Sep
I learned how to shorten two tea towels which I took with me to the venue from home, and to double-hem them on both sides, to turn them into small curtains for the main bedroom windows at our flat, to keep out strong sunlight without voiding visibility. Jaime and I have communicated a little in person and via email, but my main teacher at the venue was Tracey. She was informative, friendly, clear, confident that she could impart the knowledge with ease, confidence-inspiring, inspiring generally. The venue was fine (but I am looking forward to sewing in Make Mee's HQ, where I will be doing two Sundays' worth of sewing in November. I will be making trousers and a Raglan-sleeved sweatshirt). The other learners were friendly too, interested in what I was doing, and even impressed that, as a man, I was taking part (though I think there should be no gender bias when it comes to sewing or any craft). There was great food too. I feel like I'm going to sew for the rest of my life, and it feels good! I have played guitar as a hobby for more than three decades but it hurts an old rugby injury (sustained in 1986!) too much, and it can be an overly "boozy" kind of hobby, so I reckon sewing is the answer!

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review
Keith Morkel
30 Sep
I learned how to shorten two tea towels which I took with me to the venue from home, and to double-hem them on both sides, to turn them into small curtains for the main bedroom windows at our flat, to keep out strong sunlight without voiding visibility. Jaime and I have communicated a little in person and via email, but my main teacher at the venue was Tracey. She was informative, friendly, clear, confident that she could impart the knowledge with ease, confidence-inspiring, inspiring generally. The venue was fine (but I am looking forward to sewing in Make Mee's HQ, where I will be doing two Sundays' worth of sewing in November. I will be making trousers and a Raglan-sleeved sweatshirt). The other learners were friendly too, interested in what I was doing, and even impressed that, as a man, I was taking part (though I think there should be no gender bias when it comes to sewing or any craft). There was great food too. I feel like I'm going to sew for the rest of my life, and it feels good! I have played guitar as a hobby for more than three decades but it hurts an old rugby injury (sustained in 1986!) too much, and it can be an overly "boozy" kind of hobby, so I reckon sewing is the answer!

Class location

Lewisham
37 Deptford High Street
SE8 4AD
London

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About your host, Make Mee Studio

Make Mee Studio is run by Tracey & Jaime. Two enthusiastic lifelong sewers (both sewing since they were 5 years old!) They love sharing their making skills with others, and have over 10 years of combined teaching experience working with adults and children. They offer sewing lessons, parties, alterations, makes and commissions in their Brockley, South East London based garden studio and are also available for external school and community projects.

Tracey is a very experienced seamstress who has been working in the business for over 18 years, she started as a costume assistant working for Grenada and the BBC going on to run her own bespoke label and then she began teaching 6 years ago and fell in love. She one of the most precise sewers you'll ever meet and always has a handy hint or trick up her sleeve. She loves keeping the studio neat, tidy and organised, everything has a place!

Jaime primarily studied Textile Design gaining a Masters from Chelsea College of Art. Her passion lies in sustainable fashion and textiles, she began teaching as an antidote to the endless cycle of fast fashion. Teaching people how to make and sew and fix and mend themselves can have a huge impact on how they consume and how they feel about their clothing. She is a self-taught dressmaker and loves encouraging people to make things unique, she's a magpie for anything, velvet, fluffy or sparkly and is terrible at keeping to Tracey's organised system!

If you have any questions, please contact Tracey & Jaime using the ‘contact host’ button on the website page.

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Notes

Bring along your clothes to update! We'll be at the lovely, creative hub & bar/cafe Isla Ray on Deptford High Street. You can relax and craft within the “open house” retro, tropical vibes and get lost amongst the brightly coloured plant-filled interiors. If you need refreshments as you craft there will be a a snack/sharing menu in the evening, along with coffee, cocktails, wine and local beer. This is a fringe event of Deptford X Festival, Deptford X is London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival. It was launched in 1998 as a free, annual, artist-led festival based in and around Deptford, South East London. For 10 days every year, the festival brings artists from around the world to Deptford and showcases their work alongside some of the most creative talent living and working in the area in its uniquely un-juried fringe programme.

Age Requirement

6

All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

It's a Stitch Up: Upcycle Your Clothes
by Make Mee Studio
2 hour class