Update and Change Your Wardrobe

    Revam your wardrobe in this fashion and sewing class in Hackney, London. This workshop by Fabrications will teach you how to upcycle your wardrobe

    Sewing class

    6 hour class

    Beginners welcome

    Fabrications, E8

    What you'll learn

    Revamp your wardrobe with this class where you fix your clothes or alter for a new body shape - out with the old and in with the new (well kinda new...)!

    In this class

    This class has been developed for those fairly new to using a sewing machine and hand sewing techniques and is a good foundation class before working directly on your own clothing, which takes place in afternoon class 'Refresh your Wardrobe'.

    In the morning you will discover how to:

    • take seams in and out
    • use a seam ripper / quick unpick
    • prepare a garment for modifying
    • know how to lift a hem, sort out a lining
    • apply darts, pleats, gathering and elasticating to reduce volume and shape to your body
    • use useful hand stitches such as invisible/slip stitch, back stitch, and button hole stitch
    • replace a broken zip

    And as if that isn't enough, in the afternoon you'll:

    • learn how to lift a hem sort out a lining
    • understand how to take seams in or out
    • apply darts and gathering to reduce volume and shape to your body (yea thats the good stuff)
    • be able to complete simple repairs such as sewing on a button or patching a hole.

    This is a great day out and you'lll learn so much!

    Now you can

    • learn through lots of exercises and practical tips and tricks
    • get to grips with the basic practicalities of how to tackle simple sewing alterations, repairs and 'upcycling'.
    • work alongside other keen sewers


    Depending on the garment you could go home with 1, 2 or even 3 altered garments - that's almost a whole new wardrobe!

    Did you know?

    Elias Howe, the man you invented the sewing machine, came up with the idea for the eye of the needle being at the pointed by way of a dream. In this dream Elias was being threatened by a ferocious King, under threat of death, to succeed in inventing a machine that sewed. He was given twenty four hours or he would die.

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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".

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    Flexible cancellation policy

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