Inspiring action on sustainable fashion
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!
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
What is Stitched Up?
Our HQ in Chorlton, South Manchester is a sustainable clothing hub which 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.
We take donations of textiles from individuals and businesses to prevent them ending up in landfill. They’re used in our workshops, made available for community re-use and what’s left is recycled. We also run monthly Clothes Swaps to keep clothes in use for longer.
We teach sewing, clothes making, mending and upcycling skills to people of all ages and abilities. We have a programme of workshops open to the public and also travel to organisations across Greater Manchester who work with young people and vulnerable adults.
The fast fashion industry takes a huge toll on people and planet. We run educational events that help raise awareness of these issues including talks, fashion shows and film screenings. We also support campaigns like Fashion Revolution and Labour Behind the Label.
Who are Stitched Up?
Stitched Up was started in 2011 by six young women, 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 inspiring communities across Greater Manchester to take action on sustainable fashion.
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 was one of the six co-founders of Stitched Up back in 2012.
She has a passion for homemade fancy dress and getting out on her bike. She’ll never say no to a brew!
Jo is a film graduate from Edinburgh College of Art and MMU.
Jo is our spreadsheets superhero, bringing years of logistical and creative experiences to her role as our Volunteer and Events Assistant.
When she’s not managing our Clothes Swaps, Repair Cafes and volunteer sessions, Jo can be found knitting, practising pilates and chilling with her cat Charles (though not all at the same time).
Caitlin’s background is in science but she’s been passionate about upcycling secondhand clothes since childhood and studied Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction alongside her degree.
Caitlin loves to share her skills with others and joined our team as a Workshop Facilitator in 2019.
As well as being a talented maker, Caitlin is a keen environmentalist and is currently studying for a Masters in Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice.
Sarah studied a BTEC Clothing & Textiles then a degree in Fashion Marketing. She worked in fast fashion for a while, before deciding that there must be another way and coming to volunteer at Stitched Up in 2017.
Sarah has now joined the team as Workshop Facilitator and Bookings Coordinator.
In the rest of her time she loves walking Truman the dog and working on her handmade wardrobe with Buffy on repeat.
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.