A guest post by Jane Milburn
Are you holding garments in your wardrobe that survived the last cull yet are not being worn because something’s not quite right? Does your favourite item of clothing have a hole, a pull, or a stain? Is a hemline or sleeve too long or too short?
Bring your clothing tragics along to our inaugural Fashion Fix-Up at The Edge, on April 21 as part of Fashion Revolution Week. We’ll chat about refash options and help you enact simple changes to extend their working life. You can check out Sass Brown’s books Eco Fashion and Refashioned for inspiration.
As part of the fix-up, you’ll be inducted on sewing machines at The Edge’s fabrication lab which you can use for free in future to continue reinventing your wardrobe.
Apart from the palpable satisfaction of repairing and restyling garments already in circulation (the hard work’s already been done) there is an environmental benefit too. Extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use reduces their carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30 percent each.
Through Textile Beat, I’ve been playing with rescued clothing for years and spent every day of 2014 refashioning and blogging with the Sew it Again project. This year, I’m involving others in curating a creative handmade collection with The Slow Clothing Project – and we’ll have garments from the project on display at The Edge for you to see and touch.
This is a chance to explore your creativity and develop personal style through grown-up play with wardrobe wallflowers. Please leave highly valuable garments at home – or take them to a dressmaker for professional alternation.
If you have any questions about what to bring, just give me a call on 0408 787 964, otherwise book your ticket now as places are limited to 20. Meet you at The Edge!