Creative Sewing and Upcycling Workshop with David. A. Mumford

    This workshop will inspire you to get stitching and revamp your wardrobe, why throw things away when you can turn what you already have into something exciting?

    Sewing workshop

    6 hour workshop

    Beginners welcome

    Fabrications, E8

    What you'll learn

    This is a creative sewing class aimed at all levels of stitcher. Students will not only learn the basic and fundamental techniques required to use a sewing machine, but will also be introduced to the benefits and possibilities that come with upcycling old clothes into new styles.

    In this class

    The aim for this class is that participants will confidently be able to understand the basic functions of a sewing machine, know how to use different stitch types, use simple deconstruction and reconstruction techniques, and how to apply different trims and other customisation techniques. You'll dip your toe into fashion styling and look at old clothes in a whole new way!

    Beginners will learn the basic operations of a sewing machine and create at the same time; intermediates will advance the skills they have already learnt. You will be guided through the workshop by David, a creative and skilled fashion designer and maker.

    A selection of David's D.A.M designs will be available to follow, these will vary from simple through to more complex, Or come up with your own design! There will be something for everyone, guys and gals.

    Now you can

    • use the upcycling and revamping techniques learnt in class
    • Craft your own designs for friends and family
    • respond "I MADE IT" when people ask "ooh where did you get that?"

    Take Home

    Students will be able to take home everything that they have made during the class.


    Bring along 2 men's shirts of your choice, but Fabrications also have back up shirts if you don't have any and wish to attend!

    Did you know?

    Although sewing itself is an ancient art form, the sewing machine was invented by Thomas Saint in 1790

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    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.