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.
Curious? Find out more below.
Our name refers to the way we feel the fashion industry affects its workers, its shoppers and the planet. Stitched Up.
Fast fashion compels us to buy more and more clothes, which engulf our wardrobes and stifle opportunities for creative expression. Meanwhile many workers in the global fashion industry are trapped in low-wage jobs, prevented from joining trade unions to demand better working conditions.
And the planet? Textile production creates more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. 20% of global industrial water pollution is caused by the dyeing and treatment of textiles. Each year around half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres shed from plastic-based textiles end up in the ocean.
Despite the high cost of creating new clothes, compared to 15 years ago we wear items half as many times before discarding them. More than half of fast fashion items are disposed of in under 12 months. 300,000 tonnes of this goes to landfill in the UK annually, costing our economy approximately £82 million.
We want to build an alternative fashion industry with your help. By keeping clothes in use for longer, by swapping, upcycling and repairing them, you can make big reductions in GHG emissions. By developing the skills to craft your own wardrobe, you’ll find new routes for creative self-expression. And benefit your mental health and wellbeing – making things soothes the soul.
We’re here to help you reduce your reliance on the fast fashion industry and reclaim ownership of your personal style!
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 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 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 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.
We're not tied to our base. Contact us if you want to find out about the workshops and events we can put on at your school, community centre, gallery or museum.