Friday, 22 May 2015

6th June Saturday
Upcycle and customise your clothes workshop
10 - 4pm
Tutor Jacqui Engel will guide and inspire you.

And here are a few ideas from Artisan's Pinterest page

a few things you can do with old jumpers

Please bring your sewing machine and a basic sewing kit including an unpicker.

We will have a few sewing machines available for those that do not own one.


It initially developed as a way of reducing waste, particularly within the construction industry, thus benefiting the environment. But in our current economic climate it has added value as a way to reduce expenditure – why spend money on something new when you can give something old a new lease of life??
This attitude is especially applicable to the area of clothing. We live in a society of disposable clothing. Every season sees the high-street peddling more new ‘fashions’. And the consumer has to buy to keep the cycle going. This puts last years fashions in the charity shops. And we all have more clothes than we can wear.
up grading a jumper with some pretty fabric.

There is hoards of inspiration online. A simple search on Pinterest turns up all sorts of clever ways to re-fashion old items. 
You could also check out the following links:

 A good way to use unused mens's suits

Here’s how (not necessarily in order):
1. Carve out some time.
We all need time and space to get creative. It doesn’t just happen whilst we’re running around living our busy lives. Setting aside specific time (and a space to work in) is the first step to getting into the creative zone.

2. Pull out some old clothes or scour the charity shops for appropriate items.
Everyone has things hiding out in their wardrobes that they don’t wear anymore. Sometimes we’re loathe to throw it away. Perhaps it was expensive, or we know it’s good quality. We may have simply grown out of it, but it was one of our favourites back in the day. Whatever the reason, pull it out – what’s the point of keeping it if it never gets used?
Alternatively, there’s lots of items in the charity shops that could some attention. Often there are items made of good quality material but dated style-wise. These can be especially good for upcycling as quality material is expensive these days. Look out for materials you love, and leave the style to one side.
3. Surround yourself with additional bits of fabric, trimmings, and sewing equipment.
Add-ons will help you develop something new from your old items. Whether it’s buttons, lace trimming, adding elastic, frills, sequins, embroidery, netting – anything goes! Having these items around can help inspire you and generate new ideas.
4. Get some inspiration.
There is hoards of inspiration online. A simple search on Pinterest turns up all sorts of clever ways to re-fashion old items.
You could also check out the following links:
5. Let your imagination run free.
This can be a difficult one. Very often we get stuck before getting started. We’re afraid to make the first cut, the first seam, and we get hung up on what the end product should be.
There’s two approaches -
A. Just “get going” – if you don’t end up with something usable does it matter?? (You’re using old clothes, remember.) Try to throw yourself into the process without worrying too much about the outcome. You may end up somewhere surprising!
B. Plan your route – if you have a clear idea of what you want to make, imagine the stages you will work through to get from ‘this’, to ‘that’. It can help to list down your order of working. This approach comes with a word of warning – remain open – sometimes things don’t go according to plan, or a new possibility develops. Be prepared to change course during the process, and don’t get too attached to your desired outcome.
6. Ta-da.
Hopefully, it you attend to 1 – 5 you will end up with something new and interesting, and have had some fun along the way.
How the Upcycling workshop can help!
By booking into the workshop you’re doing Step 1 – carving out time.
For Step 2, you will need to source some old clothes, either from your wardrobe, or charity shops, and bring them to the workshop.
Step 3 – We will have additional fabric scraps, trimmings, buttons and “stuff” available for you to include in your projects.
Steps 4 & 5 – On the day, Jacky, our tutor, will be on hand to help you find inspiration, and work through your project.
a good use for old jeans pockets
Really like the uniqueness of this creation!
a beautiful way to use an old jumper

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