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march, 2023

18mar11:00 am5:30 pmZero Waste Sewing: Make your own waistecoatJoin Barley Massey for a fun, creative and inspirational day learning how to sew a one of a kind waistcoat, tailored to you and your style.

Event Details

‘Zero Waste Sewing’ is a philosophy that encourages the reuse of fabric offcuts, the repurposing of preloved textiles / clothing 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.

With a spirit of adventure, join Barley Massey for a fun and social event in creatively transforming your own ‘waste’ textiles into something new and functional. Barley has been a professional “upcycler”, championing creative textile reuse for over 25 years. She will share some of the techniques and tips from her own making practice and show you a collection of examples to inspire you before you get started on your own version.

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 this class, we recommend attending our Beginners Sewing 1 class first.


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

– Calculate your size and use a paper pattern to cut out your cloth pieces

– Explore the range of features and stitches on the machine.

– Re- Cut existing clothes to make a new garment. Or create your own waistcoat fronts by patchworking offcuts together.

– Add a lining and ‘bag out’ your waistcoat.

– Apply buttonholes (if needed, you may be able to reuse existing buttonholes if restyling a garment)

– Get a professional and tailored finish.

– Apply learning and techniques to other garment projects.


Please bring: 1 of the following options:

Option 1: Suitable clothes that can be re-cut into a waistcoat, eg: suit jacket , trousers or good quality cotton shirts

Option 2: A selection of offcuts, pre loved textiles or samples created at another class (eg: from our Shibori class with Rob Jones) that can be stitched together to create your own patchwork style waistcoat fronts.

Option 3: Fabric from your stash, You will need 0.5 – 1m for the waistcoat fronts and 1 – 1.5m for the back and lining.


TIME: 11am – 5:30pm

Class Size: Max 6 students

PRICE: £75

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us directly on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE

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



(Saturday) 11:00 am - 5:30 pm


Barley MasseyTextile Designer Maker & Founder/Caretaker of Fabrications 7 Broadway Market

Fabrications7 Broadway MarketThe workshop / event takes place in the Fabrications "Imaginerium" studio located downstairs from the shop area.