If like us, you have clothes in your wardrobe that don’t quite fit properly, whether it’s trousers that are too long or a dress with unflattering sleeves, you can do something about it! You don’t need to look longingly at them hanging there in the hope one day you’ll wear them. Instead, fish them out and bring them along to the Rework your Wardrobe workshop at the HQ.

Run by resident sewer Zoe Edwards from So Zo…you can bring your unloved, unworn, broken or ill-fitting clothes to this session and learn skills and techniques that will bring them back into wardrobe rotation!

We’ve hosted a few of these classes now and it’s so lovely to come for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning or a couple of hours of an evening and sit and transform an item you love, into an item you love even more!

Don’t worry if you are a bit rusty with a sewing machine, Zoe is a fab teacher and you’ll be whizzing away before you know it.

Ace aren’t they!

Reworking your existing clothes, rather than chucking them away and buying new things, will save you money and has a much smaller environmental impact. Plus, this session will teach you new sewing skills and approaches that you can use again and again in the future.

The Rework Your Wardrobe session is simple: you just need to bring a back full of garments to fix, fit or rework, we provide all the equipment you will need.

However, if your garment had a broken zip, you will need to bring a replacement that Zoe can help you insert.

The session will start by taking a look at what everyone has brought and having a brief chat about each garment to establish what needs to be done to bring them back to life. Zoe will then assist you to fix/fit/rework as many garments as possible within the session.

The skills, techniques and approaches you will learn will obviously depend on what your garments require, but they may include:

  • Hemming trousers and skirts
  • Fixing rips, tears and holes
  • Reshaping for a more flattering fit
  • Inserting a new zip
  • Shortening hems or sleeves for a new look

Plus many others!

All skill levels are welcome. Previous sewing machine experience is helpful but not essential.