The Sustainable Dress



In 2020 we've all become more aware than ever of the need to buy sustainably and reduce our carbon footprint. As luck would have it there's a big fashion-moment right now for garments looking like they're made from your gran's curtains. Textures, jacquard and ultra-bold floral prints featured on the catwalks for 2020. So for this particular workshop FASHIONSKOOL is challenging you NOT to buy NEW fabric but instead to look at considering making your 'sustainable' simple shift dress from a curtain (check out the charity shops for great pre-loved curtains and fabrics before you chop up nanna's drapes) or hunt through fabrics that you maybe already have at home (maybe a remnant, a tablecloth or something from a stash that you never got round to using). If you find one piece of fabric large enough (see below) fabulous! Alternatively you can piece together a couple of fabrics (of similar weight) and use trims to customise for your own unique style. This is your chance to be creative and inventive using what ever is available and avoid buying new.


Shown here, the style is a simple sleeveless, slightly A-line shape with subtle bust darts, a simple back-neck opening with button fastening and a trim. It's an ideal workshop for those who are already confident on a sewing machine, having completed  one or more beginners+ clothing projects and are looking to further develop their machine-sewing skills.


Skills covered in this workshop include how to stitch darts, bag-out facings, turn hems, apply a trim and  finish a garment with a professional look. You'll pick up lots of brilliant sewing tips along the way.

Fabrics should be 100% cotton or cotton-rich, woven and in a medium weight. Please ensure your fabric is freshly washed prior to the workshop. You will need approximately 1.5 metres length x 150cm width.

Choose from the following sizes:

Teen's sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12

Equipment, threads, buttons and a selection of trims are all provided.  Please bring a face-mask and slippers or soft indoor shoes to wear, drinks, break-time snacks and a packed lunch.

Level: Beginners+ /school year 7+ recommended

Date: Tuesday 25th August, 2020  TBC

Time: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm  

Cost:  £42 (+ BYO fabric)