Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution influenced us to teach and encourage others to mend their clothes. If you haven’t heard of the movement before, they were founded in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 and have become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, challenging the consumers, policymakers and fashion brands through education. Fashion Revolution week co-insides with the anniversary of the disaster. It is an opportunity to ask our favourite brands #whomademyclothes? and help us to refresh the values that we adhere to all year, mending clothes rather than always buying new.

The fibres our clothes are made of have a huge impact on the Earth. From the natural resources required to grow fibres such as cotton and viscose. To the waste left over from turning it into yarn and fabric. We will cover some of the most popular fibres and what is involved in their production. Plus there effect on our Earth. We investigated Cotton, Polyester, Viscose and Chemicals.

We tasked the brands we bought from to encourage transparency within their supply chain. Of course, it doesn’t matter how old your garment is or whether it is second hand, it is still relevant to ask the brand #whomademyclothes? . Read our top tips on how to approach your favourite brand.

Just over one year on from the start of the first lockdown in the U.K. and during Fashion Revolution Week, we wanted to reflect on how these changes have affected those working in the fashion industry. Many saw the first lockdown as an opportunity for the fashion industry to hit pause and come out the other side of it more sustainable, but are we actually any closer to this?  Find out more here.

Fashion Question Time has become a key part of the Fashion Revolution Week calendar over the last few years and acts as an essential platform in bringing together activists, legislators and business owners, allowing the general public to ask them questions and hearing their ideas from inside the industry. Read our full summary here.

Diary Dates

There are lots of ways to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week, including mending your clothes of course! Here are some of the events that we are planning…


Monday 19th April, 7:30 to 8:30pm (Via Zoom)

Bring along one or two items of clothing and a basic sewing kit. Join in the chat whilst we collectively mend our clothes. Feel free to ask us any clothes mending questions or how you can get involved in Fashion Revolution Week – sign up to our newsletter for joining details

Thursday 22nd April, 7:30 to 8:30pm (Instagram Live)

We thought we would try and Instagram live session – ask us any clothes mending conundrums or tips on how to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week @fastfashiontherapy

Saturday 24th April, 5:30pm

We are teaming up with the Remakery again to bring you a clothes-mend-a-long session. Book your place via Eventbrite.

If you are interested in learning more about the fashion industry, it’s complex supply chains and how it can improve it’s carbon footprint – we recommend registering for Fashion Question Time. It is a powerful platform to debate the future of the fashion industry. The panel is chaired by Baroness Lola Young, co-chair and cross-bench peer for the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group: Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion. Book via Eventbrite (hosted via Zoom). We also recommend this BBC Radio 4 programme by Patrick Grant that offers a good explanation of fashion industry supply chains.

Online clothes mending workshops

March & April 2021

We are teaching two masterclasses this month on patching and darning. See the graphics below for more details along with a link to book via Eventbrite. Get in touch on if you have any questions.

27th March 11am to 12:30pm, £20 includes a kit worth £10
27th March 1:30 to 3pm, £20 includes a kit worth £10
Free mend-a-long. Join in the chat whilst we collectively mend our clothes. Monday 19 April 7:30 to 8:30pm to co-inside with Fashion Revolution Week. 22nd April a Q&A clothes mending session on Instagram live (time TBC)
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How to darn | How to Patch

Join one of our online workshops and learn how to mend your clothes. Try an introduction to both darning and patching or a specialist masterclass for each technique. Each workshop includes the price of a clothes mending kit worth £10.

Virtual | Online Workshops

£5 discount if you book a darning and patching workshop together. They don’t have to be the same date.

Booking ends 5 days before the workshop date so that we can get your kit to you in time. Kit is worth £10, as seen on our Etsy shop. The workshop will take place via Zoom, joining details will be sent a few days in advance of the class.

Each workshop lasts 90 minutes (except the Slow Sunday event, which is 60mins). It includes live demonstrations, time to practice and ask questions. Please get in touch with any queries.

How to Darn Virtual Workshop

Join us on 28th November, 11:30 to 12:30 via Zoom

Join us for a virtual workshop on taking you through all you need to know to learn ‘How to Darn’. We’ll go through the basics of the technique, how to choose the best yarns to work with and different styles of visible and invisible darning.

Ticket costs £20 and includes one of our darning kits, including darning needles, 5 different colours of Merino wool or Cotton yarns and a ‘how to’ card to look back on after the workshop. The workshop will be held over Zoom.

Make sure you get your ticket early so we can send your kit to you in time, tickets can be purchased through our Eventbrite here.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a darning mushroom. Follow our tips on what to use instead of a mushroom. Or buy a lovely vintage darning mushroom from our Etsy shop.

Clothes Mending Workshops at Home

Our workshops at The Create Place are on pause whilst we are in Tier 4 (we are based in London). We are hoping to get back to our workshops in a socially distanced way very soon.

In the meantime we are continuing with our social mending sessions on Zoom, the first Tuesday of the month. Bring along some clothes mending whilst we chat. We will be on hand to answer any clothes mending questions you have. Not joined one of our sessions before? Everyone is welcome. It isn’t a teaching workshop, more of a social clothes mending session. An hour to encourage us all to mend our clothes. Bring along one or two items of clothing to mend with a basic sewing kit. We chat whilst we mend and feel free to ask clothes mending questions to us and the group. Sign up for our newsletter to receive Zoom joining details.

Our Repair cafe offers 1:1 advice via video call. Book for a 30 minute session and we can get you started with your mend. Tickets are £9 including booking fee. £2.50 will be donated to charity (Refuge, Fashion Revolution and Trussell Trust). Email us to arrange a time and book your appointment.

Tips to help you start mending

Stitch It Up – The Dress Change x Fast Fashion Therapy

We’re teaming up with @thedresschange next week to bring you an extra online mending session!

As part of their #keepbuyingless series, they’ll be focusing on Upcycling and Mending next week. If you’re new to sewing or just want a refresh of some basic skills, you can join us for Stitch It Up on Wednesday 22nd July at 6.30pm.

We’ll be going through some simple hand sewing techniques so all you’ll need is some fabric to work on (this could be a scrap, an old pillowcase or item of clothing), needle and thread, scissors and some pins if you have them.

You can get your tickets here.

Podcast with Boro Magazine

Katy got in touch at the start of lockdown to invite us to take part in her podcast. A journalist student at the London College of Fashion, Katy has created Boro Magazine as part of her final major project. She tells us ‘I am producing a magazine which explores contemporary make do and mending, focusing on the importance of extending the life of old clothing and innovative textile craftsmanship.’

The magazine sounds right up our street and we were happy to take part in her podcast. Katy asked us how we encourage people to repair their clothes and also the focus we place on therapeutic mending. Her questions were well researched and we had a lively conversation about our workshops. Click the button below to listen to the podcast (30 mins long)

Thanks Katy for asking us to be involved, we really enjoyed chatting with you. Good luck for your final project!

Sustainable(ish) Virtual Festival

We really enjoyed chatting to Jen Gale from Sustainable(ish) as part of her week long festival. We had some great questions about how to repair jeans, socks and underwear! Which has given us an idea to create some new ‘how to’ videos soon. Eleanor created a beautiful darn during the chat and Sarah pulled out various pieces of haberdashery to demonstrate how to mend various pieces of clothing. you can watch a recording of our mend-a-long along with any of the other sessions you may have missed.

Come and join us for a collective mend-a-long session on Thursday evening as part of the sustainable(ish) festival.

Where to join?

The whole event is hosted on Crowdcast so you can join from the comfort of your own home. Sign up for an account using Facebook or Google. Click on the link below to book your place for our session. Or the button below that for the whole event listing.

What is it?

A week long festival helping us make small changes to become more sustainable and do our bit for the planet. It has been more challenging to be ethical during Covid-19, this festival is designed to get us back on track or maybe get started. Lots of tips and ideas on how to make eco changes without leaving home.

What to bring

Any clothes that need mending. This could be socks to darn, jeans to patch, leggings to repair, t-shirts to fix. Ideally items that can be repaired by hand. But feel free to sew-a-long with a sewing machine whilst you listen to our chat. You will need a basic sewing kit. Read our tips on how to build a sewing repair kit.

I don’t know where to start?

It is OK! We encourage everyone to mend their clothes even if you haven’t picked up a needle and thread before. Getting started is the most difficult part and we can help you. Have a read through some of our blog posts such as how to sew on a button or how to sew without a sewing machine to get an idea.

Hope you can join us on Thursday evening! Sarah & Eleanor x

Repair and Refashion Online

Have you got items of clothing you’ve been hoping to alter or mend but just need some advice and inspiration to get started? Join us for a one-on-one 30 minute advice slot (done over a video call platform of your choice like Zoom or Google Hangouts) and we can offer advice on the right techniques and materials to use. Once you’ve purchased a ticket, we’ll get in contact with you to organise what programme you want to use to talk. £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to charity, the total raised will be split between 3 charities, The Trussell Trust, Fashion Revolution and Refuge, more information on the charities included below. Ticket price includes £1.30 booking fee.

All you’ll need to take part are the clothes you’re looking for advice on.

  • If you have a basic sewing kit at home, we can lead you through the techniques in the tutorial. Visit our blog on how to build your own sewing kit.
  • If you have a sewing machine at home, we can also offer advice using the sewing machine.
  • If you have no sewing kit, we can still help you with techniques you could use and give you tips on where to find some basic kit/what you could use from around your home. Visit our blog on what to use instead of a darning mushroom.

An idea of items of clothing we could help you get started on…

  • a jumper with holes in
  • a dress that needs the length altering
  • ripped inner seam of a pair of jeans
  • the waistband on a skirt that needs adjusting

Time goes quickly when you’re repairing! It’s unlikely you’ll be able to finish your repair/alteration in the 30-minute time slot but we can offer the advice and techniques you need to carry on at home on your own after. If you’re unsure what to work on, get in touch by email we can point you in the right direction.

We’ll be donating £2.50 from the sale of each ticket to charities supporting people around the U.K. and worldwide, the three charities we’ll be supporting are…

  • The Trussell Trust – their work supports a U.K. network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty whilst campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the U.K.
  • Fashion Revolution – their work campaigns to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed to make the fashion industry truly sustainable and ethical. Many low-paid garment workers across the world have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 so their campaigning and support is as vital as ever.
  • Refuge – their work provides specialist support for women, children and some men experiencing domestic abuse across the U.K. through refuges, community outreach and a 24 hour helpline.

Swish & Style: Thanks for coming!

From December to March we have joined Swish & Style hosting mending workshops at their popular clothes swishing events. Organised by OLGA and supported by Wise up to Waste the weekly swishing events went from strength to strength. We helped people repair their favourite clothes preventing them from being sent to landfill. From patching a leather jacket, darning a favourite cardigan to enhancing jeans with patches and embroidery.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our workshops. We enjoyed chatting to you all from saving clothes to our favourite museum exhibitions. We are sad the events were cut short due to Covid-19 but we hope they will be back later in the year when the social distancing is all over. Keep your eye on Wise up to Waste’s website or sign up for our newsletter and we will let you know when we have more news.