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Men’s Bowtie & Waistcoat Sewing Workshop

19th July 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

£25 – £70

You’re invited to our Men’s Tailoring Evening!

Join Offset Warehouse, Fabrications and our special guest of honour Russell Philip Peek for a fun, creative and aspirational evening learning how to sew a man’s bow tie or cravat or waistcoat or both! Whether you’re a seasoned sewer, or have little or no experience but would love to have a go, there will be something for you. Come along to Fabrications, on Broadway Market in East London and spend a few hours after work discovering Offset Warehouse’s ethical fabrics and learning how to sew using a domestic sewing machine!

While the focus of this evening is men’s garments, everyone is welcome.

What will happen?

The Offset Warehouse and Fabrications team will be on hand to take you through the steps of putting together your chosen item. During the evening you will:

  1. Choose your fabric: Fabrications stocks a stunning range of Offset Warehouse eco fabrics, and as part of the evening, your ticket price includes fabric for your garment choice. You are also welcome to purchase additional fabrics on the night – all of the materials are sold by the half metre, so you can opt for 50cm or treat yourself to much more. The Offset Warehouse team will be there on the night to tell you about how each one is made, what makes it ethical and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Cut out your fabric: we’ll give you pre-cut shapes, known as patterns, that you’ll draw onto your fabric, to guide your cutting marks.
  3. Get sewing: we’ll show you, step-by-step, how to pin together and sew your item, using a domestic sewing machine. And if you’ve not used a sewing machine before – don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do that too, and you’ll soon be sewing straights line and keeping to the seam allowance like a pro.

Of course, you can’t be expected to create without sustenance! So to energise your creativity, we’ll be laying on a complimentary selection of delicious drinks and nibbles.

What item should you choose?

Novice: Bow tie or cravat. No sewing experience is required.

Beginner: Waistcoat. No experience of garment-making is required, but you should know how to use a sewing machine.

Intermediate: Accomplished: Both one bow tie or cravat and waistcoat. You will need to have made a couple of garments before, but please note, sewing machines may be shared, so you still may not have time to finish both.

I’d like a matching set, but I’m just a novice – can I choose to make both??

Yes of course! We would be delighted for you to choose the option to make both with a view that you may need to finish one, or both, items at home. By selecting this option, you’ll be able to take away enough fabric for both – make sure you allow time to cut out both items before you go, and you can finish them when you get home. If you opt for the matching set option please try to arrive at 6.30pm sharp!

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Getting Sewcial

This is a brilliant opportunity to network with like-minded people and industry experts, share your views and learn something new. If you’re interested in sewing, the design industry or how to make a positive change in the lives of those who create your beautiful fabric and clothing… we can’t wait to meet you.

Sewing For Change

The Founder and Director of Offset Warehouse, Charlie Ross, will also be there. At the core of her work is her passion to help the people who grow and weave their fabrics, and to prevent any further environmental atrocities associated with textile manufacture. It’s her goal to source the most beautiful, hand-crafted and fairly-sourced fabrics, trims and threads from across the globe, and sell from one to hundreds of metres at affordable but fair prices. Most importantly, you can feel good knowing exactly where your fabric has come from and who has made it. They want to teach as many people about sewing ethically. From home sewers to big name brands – if you’re using fabric in your designs, your materials purchases have the opportunity to make a huge positive impact!

About our Guest of honour

We are delighted to present – Russell Philip Peek who has many years of experience in art direction, garment and costume design under his super-styling belt.

“For the last 15 years, I have worked in London as a fashion stylist, garment maker, project manager and university lecturer. Like many freelance creatives today, my career has had several branches, leading me to contribute to a variety of international brands and publications, as well as share my experience and motivate the next generation of innovators.

Eventually, after years of cutting patterns on the kitchen table and having an industrial sewing machine in my bedroom, I set up my own studio for bespoke creations and my growing styling wardrobe. Whilst having my own studio, I have also worked in many different cutting rooms across London, from costumes for feature films, to collections for fashion week.

“I became very frustrated with seeing the industry throw fabric offcuts in the bin and knowing it all ends up in landfill or the incinerator. I had to do something about this needless waste and find a solution to this textile problem. I launched Cushn Company as a means to reuse or recycle the creative industry’s waste. Reusable luxury fabric offcuts are made into sustainable homeware products like cushions covers, plant hammocks and vases. Any scraps too small to reuse are shredded and processed into stuffing for cushion and seat pads. We are recycling 100% of the textiles that comes through our door, create zero waste products and are working towards a carbon neutral/plastic free studio.”

Come and meet him at our special sewing evening! 

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


19th July 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£25 – £70
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