Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

UPCYCLING…It’s a lifestyle

In a world where trends come and go faster than ever, the fashion industry is constantly evolving. However, there’s a timeless trend that’s gaining momentum and proving to be more than just a passing fad – upcycled fashion. The art of transforming old, worn-out garments into stylish, unique pieces is not only environmentally conscious but also undeniably cool. In this blog post, we’ll explore why upcycling clothing is not just a sustainable choice but also a trendsetting movement that’s making waves in the fashion world.

  1. Eco-Friendly Fashion:

The fashion industry is notorious for its environmental impact, from water usage to pollution and waste. Upcycling serves as a powerful antidote to the negative effects of fast fashion. By repurposing old clothing, individuals contribute to reducing the demand for new materials, thereby lessening the environmental strain associated with the production process. Choosing upcycled fashion is a tangible way to align personal style with a commitment to sustainability.

  1. One-of-a-Kind Style:

Upcycled fashion allows individuals to express their creativity and uniqueness through clothing. Unlike mass-produced garments that flood chain stores, upcycled pieces are often one-of-a-kind creations. Each item tells a story, bearing the marks of its previous life while embodying the creative vision of its upcycler. Wearing upcycled clothing becomes a form of self-expression, showcasing a distinctive style that stands out in a crowd of cookie-cutter fashion.

  1. Empowerment Through DIY:

The rise of upcycled fashion coincides with a cultural shift toward a do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset. Upcycling empowers individuals to take control of their wardrobe, encouraging a sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency. DIY fashion is not just about creating something new; it’s about transforming the old into something entirely different and uniquely personal. This hands-on approach to fashion is both fulfilling and cool, fostering a sense of pride in one’s own creations.

  1. Reviving Vintage Vibes:

There’s a certain charm in vintage clothing that transcends time. Upcycling often involves breathing new life into vintage pieces, bringing retro styles into the contemporary fashion landscape. By embracing upcycled fashion, individuals contribute to the revival of timeless trends, fostering a connection between past and present. Vintage-inspired upcycled pieces add a touch of nostalgia to modern wardrobes, creating a fashion fusion that captures the essence of both worlds.

  1. Community and Collaboration:

The upcycled fashion movement is not just about the individual; it’s about building a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for sustainable style. Upcycling events, workshops, and online communities have become hubs for creativity and collaboration. Sharing ideas, techniques, and completed projects fosters a sense of camaraderie among upcyclers, turning a solitary activity into a collective movement that celebrates the beauty of sustainable fashion.

Upcycling clothing is not merely a trend; it’s a lifestyle!

FRIDAY FLIP: FROM JACKET TO APRON!

I always appreciate any time I get in the studio to sew for myself as its always a busy place teaching others.I was in need of a new work apron for a while and when my partner donated 2 linen jackets I used them to fashion a new apron.

I always wear an apron in the studio as it protects my clothes from dust, threads, and leaning up against the cutting tables.

This flip took around 2 hours.  It has 2 pockets on the outside and  1 secret one inside.

I turned the jacket sleeves into a waistband and re-sewed the cuff buttons with contrast thread.  The red and navy hanging loop was made by a necktie.

HAS THIS INSPIRED YOU TO START UPCYCLING?

Read one of my students reviews of the RE-STYLE, Mend and Alter course in the images below.

Colour and Cloth teach all levels of Sewing Courses and Workshops so no matter what level you are at, there is no better time to start than now. We will be launching a new series of workshops and courses across Ireland for 2024.  Join our sewing forum so you dont miss when the dates are announced!

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Mairead McCormack
Mairead McCormack
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I recently completed a 7 week course with Christine to develop sewing techniques for costume. Christine is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. It was a lovely small class so everyone had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and develop their own projects. Christine went above and beyond to make this a really enjoyable experience, the tea and biscuits were a hit with our group! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to increase their skill set in a relaxed, supportive environment. Thank you!
Sarah McDonald
Sarah McDonald
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Beginner Dressmaking Course: lovely class, lots of techniques covered, Christine is so knowledgeable and a great teacher. Small group size so everyone has a chance to ask questions and get support. Really enjoyable, highly recommend. Thank you so much!
kerry fisher
kerry fisher
1710635295
As a complete beginner in using a sewing machine and dressmaking, I learned so much in the 7 weeks I spent with Christine. Christine makes your understanding of the technical side of it all, somewhat simplistic. Christine was always on hand to help you develop your skills and was very thorough in guiding you through each step. I enjoyed the course that much, I have now enrolled in another 7 weeks course with Christine. thank you for sharing your life skills with me
Claire Allen
Claire Allen
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Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed going to Colour and Cloth’s sewing classes. Christine is an exceptional teacher: patient, friendly and encouraging, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She explains everything very clearly, from the basics to the most advanced techniques. It was lovely to be part of a small group of students too. Well worth the money! Thank you Christine!
miranda murphy
miranda murphy
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Had 2 sewing machines and 1 overlocker serviced. Super service and unbelievably quick. Christine is an absolute pleasure to deal with and has a field of knowledge in the sewing world. Thanks so much to Christine & Brian. I couldn’t recommend Colour and Cloth enough. 5 Stars all day long.
fiona smyth
fiona smyth
1709197614
Fabulous afternoon with Christine. I spent three hours in a private lesson today to get help with a mother of the bride dress I am making. I got so much good advice and help for example working with such a difficult silky fabric. Advice on machines, irons, threads, fusing and so much more. Invaluable advice and in such a relaxed style. Loved it. Booked another session. Great for the soul. Thank you Christine for being an amazing teacher.
anya hanna
anya hanna
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Just had a one to one class with Christine. It was brilliant! As a complete sewing machine novice I now feel confident enough to do everything from a multitude of different stitch styles on different fabrics to sewing button holes and zips! She taught me all the basics including how to wind on a bobbin, thread up and strip down the machine and tackle most rogue issues!! Brian was brilliant too and had serviced my lovely singer machine that had been sitting in a box for 10 years… since it was bought! I would thoroughly recommend them both! Thankyou
Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson
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I ver much enjoyed my classes with Christine! She's very knowledgeable and able to adapt things when I had problems with my pattern. The small group in the class were a lovely, friendly group of people. I'd thoroughly recommend!
Olivia
Olivia
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I just finished the 7 week beginner's course after a 10 year hiatus from sewing. I absolutely loved it, the classes are intensive but every week from when I entered until when I left Christine's studio it was like entering a time warp! 3 hours felt like 20 minutes as I learnt so many practical sewing skills. Christine is such an inspirational person with her creative projects and she absolutely reignited my love for sewing with her excellent teaching skills, creativity, patience and encouragement. Thank you Christine!
Rosie
Rosie
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I recently completed the 7-week sewing course at Colour and Cloth, mend and repair, led by the talented instructor Christine. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience that expanded my knowledge and skills in the world of sewing.Christine's expertise in mending and repairing textiles was evident from the start. She shared valuable insights on how to breathe new life into worn-out garments. Her passion for sustainable fashion and the importance of reducing waste resonated throughout the course.Christine's teaching style was clear and concise, making it easy to follow along and understand the intricacies of each method. She provided hands-on demonstrations and offered individualized guidance, ensuring that every participant felt supported and confident in their abilities.The small class size allowed for a collaborative and supportive environment. Sharing ideas and learning from fellow participants added an extra layer of inspiration and motivation. Christine fostered a sense of camaraderie among us, creating a space where we felt comfortable asking questions and seeking feedback from one another.I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in mending and repairing textiles while embracing their creativity.
Audrey Palnoch
Audrey Palnoch
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I have attended the Intermediate sewing course with Christine and have learnt so much. I am a self taught sewer and had a lot of bad habits. Christine is such a brilliant teacher she brings the best out of each of us. She is patient and encourages each of us to stretch ourselves but more than that guiding us along the way with her wealth of experience. I thoroughly recommend completing a sewing course with Christine that’s why I’ve signed up for another one!
Kathryn McBride
Kathryn McBride
1669669118
Having found Colour & Cloth online, Christine directed me to Brian who kindly overhauled and serviced my lovely treasure of a find: (a beautiful hand crank sewing machine "Sylvia" made by Harrods) and traced the model number back to 1876. The quick turnaround on servicing and knowledge of machines is impressive in itself and Brian's joy on seeing such a machine was obvious.By way of a one to one lesson, Christine took me through the absolute basics of sewing from how to thread "Sylvia" to stitching in various forms. She has also guided me in the best threads and fabrics to use to get the best from this older machine.Christine's knowledge and genuine passion of fabrics and sewing is infectious and her patience with me as the beginner has set me up to find joy in using this lovely instrument.Thank you Brian and Christine.
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