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 The Sustainable Shift Dress



In recent years we've all become more aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprint and develop a more sustainable way of living.  We're being educated to reduce our desire for fast fashion. At the same time, our ability to make, recycle and reuse encourages considered decisions within our own wardrobes.


As luck would have it there's a big fashion-moment right now for garments looking like they're made from gran's curtains. Textured cotton weaves, mismatched prints,  embroidered 'tablecloth' linens, jacquards, brocades, ginghams and bold or vintage floral prints featured extensively on the 2021 catwalks. So for this particular workshop FASHIONSKOOL is encouraging you NOT to race to buy NEW fabric but instead to consider making at least part of your 'sustainable' dress using either a curtain or tablecloth,  a length of deadstock fabric, a remnant fabric or something you've had stashed away at home waiting for this kind of opportunity. If you find one piece of fabric large enough (see below) - fabulous! Alternatively you can bring and piece together a couple of fabrics of similar weight. Feel free to bring any trims to customise your dress for your own unique style.


Shown here, the style is a classic sleeveless, slightly A-line shift dress with subtle bust darts (teen sizes only), a simple back-neck opening with button fastening and optional trim.


It's an ideal workshop for those who are already confident on a sewing machine, having completed at least a couple of beginners+ clothing projects and are looking to further develop their machine-sewing skills. You'll learn how to make 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:

Girls size: age 10-11, 11-12, Teen's sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12

Equipment, threads, buttons are all provided. Please bring fabric and any trims you would like to use, slippers/soft indoor shoes to wear, drinks,  snacks and a packed lunch.

Level: Beginners+ 

Date: Spring term -  Fashionskool Sewing Club project

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