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Zero waste sewing with Riccardo Guido, finalist of the Great British Sewing Bee

14th September 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm


Riccardo 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 repurposing 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. As we saw on the recent series of the Great British Sewing Bee, Riccardo has a real talent for creative reuse and re engineering textiles into unique and stylish outfits.

With a spirit of adventure, join Riccardo for a fun and social event creatively transforming your own ‘waste’ textiles into something new and functional. There will be pattern blocks available (Simple top, skirt & shorts) to work with,  let’s see how you rethink, rearrange, and remodel with Riccardo’s guidance and inspiration!

All levels of sewer are welcome but basic sewing skills are recommended. Riccardo will guide you according to your interests and level of ability. However, 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 garments or homeware in a more ‘freestyle’ fashion

– develop sensitivity in combining different cloth colours and print designs

– piece together your own cloth from offcuts also known as ‘Scrap Busting’

– explore a range of creative construction methods

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

– walk away with a completed item

Price: £75

To Bring: A collection of textiles you’d like to work with be it offcuts from previous projects or perhaps an old curtain from your local charity shop. We recommend not to bring too small pieces and ‘stable’ fabrics such as cotton, linen, light weight denim or wool. If you are unsure on what to bring please do contact Fabrications to discuss further.

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

For more information on Fabrications and our classes visit our Website


14th September 2019
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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