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Introduction to garment repairs & alterations

5th August 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


The ‘Introduction to garment repairs & alterations’ 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’.
If you have never used a sewing machine before, we recommend attending our ‘Provisional Driving’ – introduction to using a sewing machine class.

The class will consist of a series of hands on excersises and demonstrations by Barley, giving you the basic practical understanding in how to tackle simple sewing alterations, repairs and ‘upcycling’. There will also be a collection of transformed garments to inspire and inform.
The session is taught by ‘Fabrications’ Barley Massey who will share a variety of techniques, tips and tricks she picked up during her 15 years of working freelance in wardrobe for Film and TV and through her own textile upcycling practise of over 20 years.

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

  • Prepare a garment for modifying from trying on, measuring, pinning and best approach for sewing
  • Understand how to take seams in or out
  • Know how to lift or extend a hem.
  • 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
  • Apply different ideas and techniques to patch holes in garments ( subtle or also as a means to embellish / enhance)
  • Darn holes in woollens
  • Look at old clothes in a whole new way!

You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)


5th August 2018
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Barley Massey