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Make your own zero waste sweatshirt with Riccardo Guido, finalist of the Great British Sewing Bee

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm


Riccardo Guido  grew up in Salento, South Italy with his three sisters. His mother was a keen sewer and a sewing machine was ever present in their family home, however Riccardo didn’t start sewing until he moved to London as an adult.

A keen advocate of sustainable fashion, Riccardo believes in reusing and recycling wherever possible to reduce waste. He also believes that this way of working stimulates our creativity by producing something ‘new’ with what we have. One of his proudest makes is a leather jacket he created from a leather sofa he found in the street!

‘Zero Waste Sewing’ is a philosophy that encourages the reuse of fabric offcuts, the re purposing of ‘old’ textiles (such as curtaining, tablecloths etc) or the redesign of patterns/garment construction to minimise or create no waste. It encourages us to look at ‘waste’ materials as a valuable resource or be more mindful with the ways we use materials in the first place. Riccardo made it to the final of the recent series of the Great British Sewing Bee, and as we saw on the show his talent for creative reuse and re engineering textiles into unique and stylish outfits really shone through.

With a spirit of adventure, join Riccardo for a fun and social event in creatively transforming your own ‘waste’ textiles into something new and functional. Riccardo will be taking inspiration from Wendy Ward’s new book “Sewing Basics for Every Body” . He has selected the “Felix Sweatshirt” design. A loose fitting, casual top, an essential core garment for any handmade wardrobe! The book is also available in Fabrications shop and we’ll be getting some samples made to inspire you too!

All levels of sewer are welcome but basic sewing skills are recommended. If you have never used a sewing machine before and would like to attend Riccardo’s class, we recommend attending our Beginners Sewing 1 class first.


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

– look at ‘waste’ textiles from a new perspective

– create your own zero waste version of the “Felix Sweatshirt”

– develop sensitivity in combining different colours and shapes

– patchwork together to create your own unique cloth from offcuts also known as ‘Scrap Busting’

– understand how to “Trace Off” (copy) a paper pattern

– work with a ‘basic block’ and understand how to create variations and expand your range of items from 1 block

– work with a stretch material on a domestic sewing machine

– add ribbed band edging – cuffs, neckbands and hembands

– walk away with a completed item

TO BRING: Sweatshirt offcuts or at least 2 old sweatshirt items from home or your local charity shop. If you are unsure on what to bring please do contact Fabrications to discuss further.

CLASS INCLUDES: Your own copy of Wendy Ward’s new book “Sewing Basics for Every Body” which contains 20 different ‘essential’ designs. Pattern paper to trace off your sweatshirt pattern. Threads, other haberdashery and use of equipment.

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

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)


March 28
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Barley Massey