Have you stored lengths of fabric for years wondering if you’ll ever use them? Come to Open Southall and learn how to turn them into a traditional Indian suit. Over the course of 4 weeks you will turn your suit lengths into a unique and bespoke kameez shalwar.

Saturdays

1 – 3pm

Course Fee : £40

Pay As You Go : £15 per session

Laura has 40 years of sewing experience, and 25 of traditional cutting methods. She will help you design and make a traditional Indian suit; whether your sewing skills are just a little rusty, or if you are a complete beginner. Each stage and two hour session is carefully thought through so you finish the 4 week course with a suit that you are pleased to wear.

Don’t worry if you are new to sewing; Laura will do a short sewing machine tutorial to put you at your ease and guide you through the process.

About the Tutor

After studying an academic degree and pursuing a career in business, Laura changed course. She went to London College of Fashion to study making costumes for performance.

Her work experience in the ladies’ workroom at the National Theatre led to call backs to help with productions. She worked there for over two years and went freelance in 1994.

“I have made costumes for most major theatres in London and some for TV and film plus replicas for Museums. When theatres went dark during the pandemic I decided rather than relaunch in theatre to focus on education so I can pass on the skills I have built up over the last 30 years.”

Laura is also skilled in related subjects like dyeing, dye effects, screen printing and millinery. And can knit and crochet.

Join Laura Holland and learn how to mend and alter your clothes. During the 2 hour session Laura teaches you all the techniques you need to mend and alter your clothes. You will have expert guidance on how to mend a variety of issues from lost buttons to broken zips and tears. Laura will also teach you money saving techniques by altering your clothes for a perfect fit at a fraction of the cost.

Saturday

11am – 1pm

June : 8, 15, 29 (No session on 22 July)

July : 6, 13, 20, 27

A maximum of 7 people per session; so you get one to one advice

£8 per session

Venue : Open Southall Parkside Yards 1 Seva Drive Southall UB1 1GH

Bring your own clothes from home and Laura will advise and show you how to mend and alter them. Join us and breathe new life into your wardrobe.

About the Tutor

After studying an academic degree and pursuing a career in business, Laura changed course. She went to London College of Fashion to study making costumes for performance.

Her work experience in the ladies’ workroom at the National Theatre led to call backs to help with productions. She worked there for over two years and went freelance in 1994.

“I have made costumes for most major theatres in London and some for TV and film plus replicas for Museums. When theatres went dark during the pandemic I decided rather than relaunch in theatre to focus on education so I can pass on the skills I have built up over the last 30 years.”

Laura is also skilled in related subjects like dyeing, dye effects, screen printing and millinery. And can knit and crochet.

We look forward to seeing you at our new sewing and mending session where you can learn to mend and alter your clothes.

Join us for a brand new session where we upcycle and remodel clothes. We’ll turn charity shop finds, or things from the back of your cupboard into a new and useful item of clothing. Experienced sewer, Laura Holland, a professional costume maker and used to creating something from nothing, shows us what to do.

Saturdays

11am – 1pm

8 June – 27 July (No session on 22 June)

£10 per person per session

The fee includes all the materials you require for the session.

Venue : Open Southall Parkside Yards Seva Drive Southall UB1 1GH

Laura will share her experience into how you take an unwanted piece of clothing and change it into something you want. We’ll start with a charity shop find – a man’s shirt and turn it into an apron. There’s lots of other projects too – like turning jeans into bags, for example. You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine for this project – we can teach you. Hand sewing is also a skill and beneficial in many areas.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

After studying an academic degree and pursuing a career in business, Laura changed course. She went to London College of Fashion to study making costumes for performance.

Her work experience in the ladies’ workroom at the National Theatre led to call backs to help with productions. She worked there for over two years and went freelance in 1994.

“I have made costumes for most major theatres in London and some for TV and film plus replicas for Museums. When theatres went dark during the pandemic I decided rather than relaunch in theatre to focus on education so I can pass on the skills I have built up over the last 30 years.”

Laura is also skilled in related subjects like dyeing, dye effects, screen printing and millinery. And can knit and crochet.

We’re really excited about our new course and look forward to upcycle and remodel clothes – hope you can join us.