Alterations & Repairs Workshop

This Alterations & Repairs workshop will show you how to repair or alter your own garments, save money and rejuvenate your wardrobe! Bring your own garments in to fix and learn how to do alterations and repair on a variety of garments with a variety of sewing technique tips from professionals.

This can involve a fitting to decide where adjustments need to be made. Typical jobs include sewing, lengthening or shortening hemlines, adjusting seams, altering darts and repairing zips or tears.

Once you have decided what alterations are to be made, you will then marks these out on the garment, either by pinning or tacking, or by using chalk marks before making the alterations.

Depending on the type of alterations or repair, you may have to unpick the stitches in the garment before sewing the pieces together again in a slightly different position. You have to decide what kind of stitching will suit different types of fabric and may stitch by hand and/or use your sewing machine.

Skills needed for the Alterations & Repairs :

  • Have the practical skills for using tools like scissors, needles and the sewing machines
  • Be able to take accurate measurements and make calculations (we can teach you this)
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