Interested in learning how to adapt the clothes you rarely wear into something new? Join Kim and learn all the techniques you need to re-work your old clothes and give your wardrobe a new lease of life. We look forward to seeing you at our new sewing course, “Learn how to upcycle and re-work your wardrobe”.

Wednesdays

4.30 – 6.30pm

24 January – 28 February

Drop in Session Fee : £25

We provide the equipment, you provide the clothes

Limited to 5 people

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials, old garments, or unwanted items into higher-quality products. In this context, upcycling clothing involves taking old clothes and transforming them into fashionable, upcycled garments. These new clothes could be anything from a pair of old jeans turned into a stylish handbag to a well-worn t-shirt morphed into a trendy crop top. It’s all about creative reuse and giving old garments a chance to shine again.

Course outline

First week : make a bag / zipper pouch from upcycled fabrics.

Second week : bring something from home to repair or upcycle.

Third week : choose a pattern and learn about cutting.

Week 4 5 & 6 : work on your garment.

By the end of this course you’ll have created some one of a kind clothing that can only be made and sets you apart from everyone else. Specifically you will have learned about

  • making button holes, installing zips, binding & embellishments.
  • using a sewing machine and its features.
  • different stitch types.
  • repairing & upcycling.
  • reading a pattern.
  • draping fabric.
  • fabric types & uses.

All levels welcome.

About the Tutor

Kim is a freelance sewing tutor who visits schools and communities. She collaborates closely with Re’store in Acton and is involved with various community projects including Thriving Communities project on behalf of Hounslow Borough Council.

Her main loves are Couture; Abstract and Saving Textiles from Landfill. Her passion is teaching techniques such as upcycling garments & re-working them. She loves

  • transforming unloved clothes, curtains & duvet covers.
  • drafting patterns
  • draping & reading patterns
  • different sewing techniques.
  • She especially loves seeing complete beginners sew their own garments.

Follow Kim on Instagram to learn more about her work and projects

Join Kim on this journey and learn how to upcycle and re-work your wardrobe so that you feel confident undertaking more sewing projects at home.

Have you always wanted to know how to sew but never got around to it? Why not start your sewing journey now and join Kim for a 6 week Learn How To Sew course. The course is ideal for complete beginners, or people who want to refresh their memory.

Wednesdays

2 – 4pm

24 January – 28 February

Drop In Session Fee : £25

We provide all equipment and materials for the course in your fee

Limited to 5 people

Knowing how to sew is such a useful skill for your wardrobe, your home, your family and the environment. By the end of this course you’ll be able to use a sewing machine and feel confident about starting your sewing journey.

About the Tutor

Kim is a freelance sewing tutor who visits schools and communities. She collaborates closely with Re’store in Acton and is involved with various community projects including Thriving Communities project on behalf of Hounslow Borough Council.

Her main loves are Couture; Abstract and Saving Textiles from Landfill. Her passion is teaching techniques such as upcycling garments & re-working them. She loves transforming

  • unloved clothes, curtains & duvet covers
  • drafting patterns
  • draping & reading patterns
  • different sewing techniques
  • She especially loves seeing complete beginners sew their own garments.

Follow Kim on Instagram to see more of her work and projects.

Join her on this journey to learn all the fundamentals to be able to sew confidently at home. You’ll also be able to adapt garments as well as mend, repair & make them.

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

27 January – 23 March

A maximum of 5 – 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 and learn to sew with Laura Holland, an experienced seamstress and performance costume maker. During the course you’ll learn how to make a tote bag, skirt and blouse. There is an opportunity to follow on with a pattern cutting segment.

Saturdays

1 – 4pm

27 January – 23 March inclusive

Fees :

  • Per Session : £20 (£15 for concessions)
  • Course : £180 ( £120 Concession) one FREE session if you sign up for the course

Light refreshments included.

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

Open is a non-profit organisation and relies on ticket sales to cover the cost of the tutor, materials etc. We offer a tiered pricing system so that people who require a lower price point to join us can do so, no questions asked. Please select the full ticket price if you are able – this allows us to offer the concession price to those who are in need of a more affordable option.

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 us and learn to sew in a supportive and friendly environment.