How to Make New Clothes from Old

Volunteers sharing their expertise at the Garment Repair Café

The Garment Repair Café at Ocean Lab in Goodwick has been run by a group of volunteers since June last year – it’s been well used and is now extending its services.

Sessions are held on the first and third Friday of each month when people bring a single item and watch how it can be repaired. However, some customers have been wanting to have a go at doing it for themselves, so Jo Moss, the project organiser, has begun sharing her skills and knowledge, teaching people not only how to repair clothing and textiles, but how to remake new items from old ones. She’s now at Ocean Lab every friday from 10am to 2pm offering this free tuition.

Jo says: ‘It’s so important we make our clothes last longer. In the UK alone we dump £140 million worth of still wearable clothing (350,000 tonnes) into landfill every year. Not only is this a terrible waste, it’s polluting our environment too; textiles contribute to 80% of all landfill and the throwaway fashion industry accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions.’

So if you’d like to learn how to use a sewing machine, put in a new zip or turn a pair of old jeans into a funky bag, you can contact Jo on  07525535611 to book a free lesson. Jo is also offering a service for people who have multiple items that need repairing or altering but haven’t got the time to stop and learn; however, there will be a charge for this.

To book a session at the Garment Repair Café you can phone 01348 875106.


Kitty Parsons

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