Introduction to Garment Repairs and Alterations

    This class is for those fairly new to sewing machine and hand sewing techniques and is a good foundation class before working directly on your own clothing.

    Sewing class hosted by Fabrications

    Beginners welcome

    2.5 hour class

    Fabrications, E8

    What you'll learn

    This hands-on class will refresh the basic sewing machine skills of participants, alongside a series of hands on exercises and demonstrations by Barley, giving you the basic practical understanding in how to tackle simple sewing alterations, repairs and 'upcycling'.

    This session precedes an afternoon class 'Refresh your Wardrobe', in which you will learn how to work directly on your own clothing. If you would like to attend this class as well, click here to book the full day with a discount!

    In this class

    There will also be a collection of transformed garments to show the innumerable possibilities of upcycling. Taught by Fabrications' own Barley Massey, who will share a variety of techniques, tips and tricks she picked up during her 15 years of working freelance in wardrobe for film and TV and through her own textile upcycling practise of over 20 years. This class will make you see old clothes in a whole new way!

    Now you can

    • Make alterations to your garments using the techniques learnt during the class
    • Feel comfortable, and gain expert knowledge of, upcycling
    • Pass on the skills and techniques learnt in the class to friends and family

    Take Home

    Students will be able to keep all that is made during the class.

    Did you know?

    Like most things, sewing has taken on quite a large transformation since its inception. It is recorded that early sewing thread consisted of thin strips of animal hide that were used to stitch together larger pieces of hide and fur.

    Class location

    Fabrications, Hackney

    7 Broadway Market, Hackney

    E8 4PH


    About your host, Fabrications

    Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!

    Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.

    Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 16 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.

    Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

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