What is Stitched Up?
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Stitched Up started in 2011, with the aim of encouraging individuality, pride and sustainability through fashion and style. Today we are a non-profit cooperative of six, who run craft, fashion & upcycling workshops.

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Why?
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Our intention is to inform people about the often exploitative nature of the clothing industry, and to encourage you to invest in your clothes by fixing and upcycling them,

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Who are Stitched Up?
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Individually we are pretty awesome, but together we’re like a band of crafty. Our co-founders each bring a wealth of varying knowledge, specialisms, backgrounds & passions. superheroes!

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Where are we?
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Based in Manchester, and working from the Stitched Up HQ in Chorlton, we run workshops and events throughout the North West.

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What is stitched up?

Stitched Up started in 2011, with the aim of encouraging individuality, pride and sustainability through fashion and style. We are a grassroots collective that has grown from our passion for the environment, human-rights, style & creativity. Today we are a not-for-profit co-operative of three women.

Our HQ in Chorlton, South Manchester has been our home since the beginning of 2014. It’s a space for crafters, makers and tinkerers, providing an alternative to the chain stores and empty shops of your average British high street.
From here we offer sewing and upcycling workshops, clothes swaps and sustainable fabric sales, as well as running educational events like talks and film screenings.

We also bring our workshops and events to locations across Greater Manchester.

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So, Why?

The name of our organisation refers to how we feel the fashion industry treats us; its workers and its shoppers.

We want to build an alternative fashion industry with your help;

– by sharing skills which help you to invest in your clothes by mending, altering, making unique items and creating your own individual style

– by supporting our local economy and promoting sweatshop free, guilt-free fashion

– in seeing fashion as an investment – saving up for high quality pieces that will last a lifetime

– and when they really are done, recycling or donating worn out clothes, so they can take on a new lease of life elsewhere.

Our Manifesto

We love our planet and believe we should treat it with respect.

We support garment workers worldwide in their quest for fair wages.

We inspire a more creative, sustainable and individual approach to clothing.

We prove that sustainable clothing is for everyone, without compromising on style.

We are passionate about recycling, upcycling, reuse and reducing waste.

We are a community that has fun sharing new skills and ideas, and we want you to join in!

Who are stitched up?

Emily

Emily is a graduate in textile design for fashion at Manchester Metropoltan University (MMU).

She is Stitched Up’s chief workshop and project planner and is constantly cooking up new ideas with needle and thread.
In her spare time she can be found out on the hills walking her lovely pooch Ralphi.

Emily was one of the original founders of Stitched Up and is currently a director of the co-operative.

Bryony

Bryony has a background in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) research, specialising in the fashion industry.

At Stitched Up Bryony works on outreach and campaigns and is usually found pestering people for photos at our workshops and events.
She has a passion for homemade fancy-dress and never says no to a brew.

Bryony was one of the original founders of Stitched Up and is currently a director of the co-operative.

Claire

Claire comes from a fine art and product design background.

She is Stitched Up’s volunteer co-ordinator and financial whizz - she loves spreadsheets like nobody we've ever met!
As well as being a dab hand with a sewing machine, she’s an excellent knitter – knitting is her ‘happy place’.

Claire joined Stitched Up in 2016 and is currently a director of the co-operative.

Where are we based?

Stitched Up HQ

A stones throw from Chorlton Metrolink, you can find Stitched Up HQ down the lane alongside Maple Kitchens & Bathrooms, opposite North Star Deli.

Greater Manchester

We're not tied to our base. Contact us if you want to find out more about the types of workshops and events we can put on at your school, community centre, gallery or museum.