What an amazing year we had here at Stitched Up!
2012 was the International Year of the Co-operative and we were proud to become Manchester’s newest sustainable fashion co-operative, now officially known as Stitched Up Co-operative Ltd, working hard to bring you fantastic workshops, events and opportunities to learn more about what you can do to upcycle, recycle, reuse and reduce your consumption of clothing.
… and Stitched Up member Sara showing her upcycled collection at The Good Fashion Show during London Fashion Week
…and all of us enjoyed attending the fantastically informative talk by Lucy Siegle during the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery.
We celebrated International Women’s Day making recycled hair accessories with the women of the Pankhurst Centre
…and attended upcycling label Antiform’s SS12 collection launch the their studio in Leeds…
Summer saw us take in the Measured Slow Fashion Show, featuring the work of local sustainable fashion designers Constanze Friedrichs and Silvia Hoya Mena…
…and we worked with PURE hair design in Bury to put on a swap shop and upcycled fashion workshop at their salon.
… as menders in residence for the weekend and to join in the discussion on how sustainable design solutions can tackle textile waste in the UK.
We had a great time putting on a whole weekend of upcycling workshops at Shambala festival and joined in the theme of celebration by creating our own outfits celebrating the history of fashion.
We ended the summer by leading the totally lovely Sewcialise mending and upcycling workshops at The Redbricks housing estate in Hulme…
…helping residents mend clothing and make some fantastic creations from book covers to an upcycled arrow quiver!
…and we then brought you a dedicated series of free upcycling tutorials to get you in the mood for November’s series of free Watch Your Waste Week workshops we were to run at the end of the month.
And then it was time for the nine back-to-back Watch Your Waste Week workshops, which brought free upcycling and sewing workshops to the whole of Greater Manchester!
The response we had from everyone attending was fantastic and we can’t wait to do it all again!
We rounded off the Watch Your Waste Week events with the fabulous upcycling fashion show at the Museum of Science and Industry, all put together by the amazing Tracey Cliffe of Manchester upcycling label Love Me Again.
Our collection was seen on the runway alongside some of our biggest upcycling heroes, and we also ran a fun workshop and vintage dress-up box at the event… YAY!
Here we all are in all our, errr… finery…!
…and being interviewed as part of Radio 4’s consumer issues programme You and Yours.
It has been a great year, with Stitched Up going from strength to strength, and much more to come in 2013. So look out for us, we have plans in the running for more workshops, more clothes swaps, more sustainable fashion events and most exciting of all, OUR OWN SHOP!!
It promises to be a haven of making and mending, where everyone from absolute beginners to earth conscious fashionista revolutionaries like you, can come and learn about sewing, upcycling and sustainable fashion. There will be teas and coffees and homemade cakes, eco-fashion to choose from, sewing machines to use and many, many things to make and do for everybody!
We can’t wait to share it with you; it’s going to be amazing!!