What you will do
2.5 hour class
Fabrications are regularly asked if they undertake repairs and alterations to various items of clothing. The most common repairs requested include such things as: hemming skirts or trousers, repairing holes in pockets, repairing small tears or rips in garments, sewing on missing buttons, and repairing or patching denim jeans which have worn away on the inside thigh area.
Although they do not undertake garment repairs we usually offer those enquiring two options for repairs. The first option they recommend is that the person try using a dry cleaners to undertake the job. However, they always point out that this can often work out as an expensive option. Along with that option they always try to encourage the person to try to carrying out the repair themselves, offering advice on ways that they might achieve this.
Sadly, in recent years, and maybe as a result our growing “throw away” culture, there has been a marked decline in the practice of learning even the most basic of clothing repair skills. As such, many of us now lack a real understanding of the various stitching techniques and tricks, used in basic fabric repairs.
In light of this situation, Barley has put together a comprehensive hand repair workshop focusing on both common fabric and woollen garments. The workshop is not only very informative, but also very enjoyable encouraging a really mindful approach to clothing repairs.
On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:
- Know how to use 5 key hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Running Stitch, Slip Stitch & Whipping Stitch
- ‘Hem’ by hand (changing the length of a garment or repair a frayed edge)
- Fix rips, holes and other wear & tear areas
- Repair seams (joins in your garment)
- Sew on buttons, poppers & hooks/bars
- Re thread elastic or tie cords
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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 20 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".
The class includes a starter sewing kit and fabric swatches to practise on but you are also welcome to bring along items of clothing to work on directly.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.