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There was a time when sewing and making your own clothes was an essential skill. World War Two led to a lack of materials, rationing, and high prices. Even if families could find what they were after, very few would be able to afford to buy new clothes. Making your own repairs or creating a garment from scratch was a necessity.

These days, however, if you tear a seam, your dress is past its best, or you just want something new, it is easy to go down town and find a stylish inexpensive outfit.

So why do people keep sewing? Because it's fun. There is something satisfying about wearing something you have created, and it is something to be proud of. It also means that you have something unique - no risk of running into someone wearing the same as you.

But since sewing is no longer an essential skill, a lot of people have never learn how to do it (myself among them). If you have always wanted to make your own clothes, or at least accessorise them, then a workshop at the London Fashion and Textile Museum might just be for you.

Fashion Illustration
13th November, 2.30pm-4pm, 30

Before you sew a garment, you need a template, otherwise you have no idea where your going. For those interested in improving there drawing skills this taster class will be led by fashion designer, Dennis Nothdruft, who will teach you the art of cross-sections.

Creative Collage
16th November, 11am-3.30pm, 70

This one day workshop will be split into two parts. First you will all learn as a group how to use materials, and then you will separate to do your own project. You can buy a frame at the end of the lesson, and take your collage home to hang up.

Pattern Cutting
7th & 14th December, 11am-4.30pm, 160

Learn the basic rules of flat pattern cutting, with a focus on using fashion blocks to create womenswear components such as simple sleeves. You'll be taught about bodice dart manipulations and how to add fullness through gathers. You will have the choice to make your own skirt, blouse or dress pattern, and find out how to take accurate measurements. No previous experience is needed, but you must know how to use a sewing machine. Remember to bring your own tape measure, shears, pins, tracing wheel, pencils (hb), and felt tip pen.
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Why? Make your own fashion statement
When: Various classes running until 11th Jan
Phone: 020 7407 8664
Where: London Fashion and Textile Museum
Cost: 30-160
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