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4 June 2017

" Don't Trash it, Refashion it" Upcycling workshop with David A Mumford

Date: 4 June 2017 11:00 to 17:00

Creative Upcycling for Beginners and Intermediates

This workshop will inspire you to get stitching and revamp your wardrobe, why throw things away when you can turn what you already have into something exciting and original. When people ask you, ooh where did you get that? You can say I MADE IT!

Beginners will learn the basic operations of a sewing machine and create at the same time.
Intermediates will advance  the skills they have already learnt.

The class is taught by David A Mumford -  a creative and skilled fashion designer and maker. David began designing and making clothes in the early 80's. Most recently (2004 - 2013) he was one of the designers of the pioneering upcycling clothing brand 'Junky Styling'. He now runs own brand D.A.M specialising in upcycled garments and accessories available off the peg or to commission (and on sale in Fabrications shop!) as well as offering educational workshops.

A selection of d-a-m samples will be available to follow, these will vary from simple through to more complex, so there will be something for everyone, Guys and Girls.

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

- Understand the basic functions of a sewing machine
- Know how to use differenet stitch types
- Use simple deconstruction & reconstruction techniques
- How to aply different trims & other customisation techniques.
- Dip into fashion styling
- Look at old clothes in a whole new way!

TIME: 11am - 5pm

PRICE: £55 / £50 conc.

YOU WILL REQUIRE: Bring along 2 men's shirts




Suggested follow on class:

- Introduction to garment alterations & Refresh your Wardrobe

Sew your own 'Sculpural Bucket Coat' with Tree from Stitchless TV

Date: 4 February 2018 11:00 to 04 February 2016 17:00



Fabrications is very happy to welcome back Tree from Stitchless TV for one of her one of a kind  classes. Tree has a brilliant YouTube chanel teaching how to make all of kinds of stylish items that any level of sewer can make. Her philosophy is to take high end catwalk looks and show us in easy, no fuss steps how we can make our own versions in our front rooms!

Tree has recently branched out into creating patterns from her designs and tutorials - hot off the press is her brilliant 'Sculptural Bucket Coat'. During the class, Tree will guide you through cutting the pattern, piecing together on the machine and the finishing touches.. Here is her video tutorial for a sneak preview, but there is nothing better than spending time with Tree live and direct, and being able to ask lots of questions and get feedback on your sewing.


All levels of sewer are welcome but being able to thread up a machine / have used a machine before is advisable.



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

- Work with a paper pattern, layout & cut out your cloth pieces.

- Assemble fabric panels on the machine

- The coat is not lined and we will be using an overlooker to finish the inside seams.

- Apply a bias binding to embelish and finish a raw edge (more experienced sewers)

- Create your own stylish unlined scultural coat

TIME: 11am - 5pm

COST: £90 (includes your own paper pattern worth £15)

YOU WILL NEED: Bring your choice of fabric for making your bucket coat - you can pretty much use anything for this design (except stretch fabric or anything too fragile/that frays easily) or choose from our selection of suitable fabrics.
150cm: 2m 65cm
115cm: 4m

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Online workshop + events BOOKING



Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
Contemporary quilt maker and teacher. Katherine has worked with Liberty, The V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum and Fabrications!

Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
Inspiring and encouraging a new generation of stitchers to make their own clothes through her book 'DIY Couture', workshops and events.

Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
Time out recently described learning machine embroidery from laura is like learning piano from Chopin!


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