What is stitched up?
Stitched Up started in 2011, with the aim of encouraging individuality, pride and sustainability through fashion and style. Today we are a not-for-profit cooperative who run garment making & upcycling workshops.
We are a grassroots collective that has grown from our passion for the environment, human-rights, style & creativity.
As well as upcycling workshops, we offer drop-in sessions, clothes swap parties, sewing machine hire, social gatherings and educational events that provide an alternative to the chain stores and empty shops of your average British high street.
All this from our HQ in Chorlton, Manchester, our home since the beginning of 2014. It’s a space for crafters, makers and tinkerers to share skills and ideas in a supportive environment. Curious? Find out more below.
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 and 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 to charity so they can take on a new lease of life elsewhere.
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?
Bryony works as a writer and researcher for Ethical Consumer magazine and is a regional coordinator for Labour Behind the Label.
She makes the best fancy-dress costumes and drinks a lot of coffee. (White with no sugar if you're getting the kettle on!)
Bryony was one of the original founders of Stitched Up and is currently a director of the cooperative.
Emily is a graduate in textile design for fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), is currently studying at the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
She is also Stitched Up's financial, admin and list-making expert, with a weak spot for footwear.
Emily was one of the original founders of Stitched Up and is currently a director of the cooperative.
Kelly’s ambition growing up was to work in the fashion industry. After completing a fashion degree at MMU she worked as a product developer for Craghoppers.
She now creates gorgeous upcycled homewares and is currently training to become a teacher.
Kelly was one of the original founders of Stitched Up and is currently a director of the cooperative.
Sara is preparing to become Dr. Sara as she's completing a PhD in sustainable fashion at MMU.
She’s worked in PR and as a fashion stylist, plus is a talented upcycled fashion designer-maker with her own label.
Sara was one of the original founders of Stitched Up.
Jacky knows all about knitting, and is usually wrapped up warm in woollies as she never stops clicking those needles, having previously worked at Purl City Yarns.
She’s also worked for Oxfam and is a freelance writer and blogger. You can read her words in places like The Skinny Northwest.
Jacky was one of the original founders of Stitched Up.
Alice has oodles of experience leading arts and crafts workshops all over the country, and currently works at the Factory Youth Zone. She's also super stylish, makes kitsch and crafty bits and has a cheeky pup called Frederick.
Alice was one of the original founders of Stitched Up.
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.
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.