Upcoming Workshop in Christchurch: “Reconstruct your Clothes”

When: Saturday 19 September
: 1 till 5pm
: St. Albans Community Center, 1047 Colombo Street, Christchurch
: Donation (yes, really!)
: Briar Cook


This is the first reconstructed clothing workshop I have held, and fulfills part of a long term plan for my business, rethreads, which has been making and selling reconstructed clothing for the last couple of years. I am a fervent supporter of reducing the consumption of cheap new clothing, and of finding ways to remodel what we already have with ease and creativity. I am also passionate about strengthening connections in the local community, so am pleased to be offering this workshop for a donation, with support from St. Albans Community Center. All the information you need is listed below, there is no need to book in advance. However if you have any questions, you are welcome to email me: rethreads@clear.net.nz

About the Workshop:

Reconstruction, also known as upcycling, is the process of taking something (in this case, an item of clothing) and cutting and altering it to create something new. We’ll spend the afternoon remodelling your old, outdated clothing to come up with fresh new looks. Depending on your project and level of ability, you’ll make good headway or even finish your reconstruction project. We’ll also cover some of my favorite basic techniques, like making your own iron on patches, or blanket stitching to make a nice finish to a rough edge. I’ll bring some of my own stuff, and some books and web links for inspiration.

You’ll Need to Bring:

1. Some clothes you want to alter – bring a selection. Clothes that work best for reconstruction are simple in shape and design. T-shirts, men’s shirts, denim skirts, big wool jerseys, jeans.

2. Some fabric you may want to add to your clothes, or use to make patches.

3. Sewing equipment (scissors, needles and threads, pins etc), including a sewing machine or overlocker, if you have one. Most projects can be sewn by hand, if you have the patience!

About the Tutor:

I finished a Certificate in Craft Design in 1989, with a major in textiles, and have well over 30 years experience in reconstructing clothes. Rethreads makes the most of this and can be found here on Felt. I also have a lot of experience teaching successful and exciting workshops, to adults, children and families.

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2 Responses to “Upcoming Workshop in Christchurch: “Reconstruct your Clothes””

  1. Rachael says:

    Hi – just saw this workshop info – obviously a little late…
    Are any more of these workshops planned? Thanks.

  2. shirley says:

    hi briar, i was unable to come to lincoln tonight for workshop, will you have more,thanks

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