Threadworks - London Textile Studio

by lydiahigginson in London, England, United Kingdom

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A fashion and textile studio offering affordable workspace during the week and welcoming workshops to those wanting to learn at the weekend.

by lydiahigginson in London, England, United Kingdom

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Hi! My name is Lydia. I'm a seamstress and I need your help, to transform this factory attic into a fully equipped sewing studio.

The plan is to turn it into a fashion and textile hub for professionals to use during the week and a welcoming workshop space for those wanting to learn new sewing skills at the weekend.  

This is where I need your help! I need to fill this studio with sewing machines, irons, cutting tables, thread, fabric and scissors, but I can't invest in doing that until my Spring 2018 workshop series has been completely pre-booked. So if you would like to learn how to make your dream wardrobe come to life, book onto one of my weekend workshops today. I have everything from bras, to bomber jackets, to dresses to dungarees! 

I'm fiercely passionate that the garment trade shouldn't be pushed out of London and out of the UK as a whole. In order to thrive we need collaboration and community support. If you believe that skills should continue to be passed on from heart to hand, any pledge you can make will be put to great use

Two years ago I gave away all my clothes and made a whole new wardrobe from scratch. It felt incredible to finally feel like me in the clothes I wear. Since then I've been on the road sharing my skills by teaching sewing workshops to budding seamstresses all around the UK. But i'm now ready to give my business its own permanent home. I've taken a massive leap of faith with this beautiful bright studio space in central London. With your support I know I can turn it into a creative fashion and textile collective.

FAQs:

When will we open? Fingers-crossed Saturday 21st April 2018 (Just in time for Fashion Revolution Week!)

Where will we be? Saint John Street, London. 5 minutes walk from Farringdon and Barbican underground stations.

I work in fashion and textiles and I would like to become a member of the studio during the week. How can I get in touch? Great news, drop me an email on [email protected]

I would like to sign up to your mailing list or get in contact with you about this project. What is the best way to do that? Head over to www.threadworkslondon.com 

Where can I see what we will be making on the workshops? Head over to www.threadworkslondon.com

Is there parking? Yes, there is on-street parking but it is very expensive  Monday to Saturday (free all day on Sunday). I would recommend coming by bike or public transport if possible.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshops? Just yourselves! I'll provide everything you need for the making. However, you may wish to bring your lunch, which you can eat during the lunch break in the studio. Otherwise, there are lots of great cafes in the local area to pop out to.

How do you work out the sizing or the garments?  I use standard Women's UK Sizing for my patterns. 

Can I alter the pattern? Yes, that is the joy of making your own clothes. If you want to make a sleeve longer or a leg more tapered, I will be on hand to show you how to do that.

Do I get to keep the pattern? Yes, you will take home a copy of the pattern so that you can make as many versions of the garment as you like, now that you have the skills!

Are your workshops open to men, people identifying as gender non-binary or cisgender? Yes. The majority of people who come on my workshops are women but everyone is welcome. If are not female and you would like to join us, please go ahead and book and then drop me an email to say you have done so. I will then ask for a few body measurements from you so that I can adapt the relevant pattern. It would be very helpful if you give me at least one week's notice before the workshop.

Do you have disabled access? I'm afraid the studio is on the 4th floor of a very old factory building and at present there is no lift. However, as my business grows it is my priority to have a space which is fully accessible.

If I book and then I can't make it can I have a refund? I'm afraid places are non-refundable once booked. However you could try selling the place on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #threadworksworkshops

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

You are a legend!

As our way of saying thank you, your name will be added to our hand-painted supporters wall mural. Everyone who comes in to the studio will know that you helped make this place possible!

£25 or more

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Come and celebrate with us!

As our way of saying thank you, your name will be added to our hand painted-supporters wall mural + you will be invited to our launch party during Fashion Revolution Week. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, and listen to our panel discuss: 'Who is still making clothes in the UK?' When: Wednesday 25th April 2018, 7pm - 9pm Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£85 or more

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Knicker Workshop

This course is a great introduction to sewing lingerie, regardless of your previous sewing experience.  We will be using beautiful lace and organic cotton to make comfortable hip hugging French knickers.  I will provide all of the fabric, haberdashery and sewing machines. Just bring your hearts, hands and creative soul. When: Saturday 21st April 2018, 10.30am - 1.30pm Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£140 or more

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Jumper Workshop

In this workshop we will be making a beautiful jumper from your choice of woven wool or brushed cotton. Perfect for Spring! This course is also open to complete beginners. You will learn lots of great sewing skills including how to use an overlocker sewing machine. When: Sunday 22nd April 2018, 10am - 6pm with one hour break for lunch Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£200 or more

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Bra Workshop

In this lovely workshop we will be making a beautiful soft cup bra. It is not underwired, but it does provide very comfortable support for a range of cup sizes. I would recommend having some previous sewing experience to attend this course. I will provide all the fabric and haberdashery you will need. When: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018, 11am - 4pm with one hour for lunch Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£200 or more

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Shirt Dress Workshop

In this workshop you will make a beautiful versatile shirt dress. Perfect with bare legs in the summer, over jeans in the winter or even as a nightdress in bed. This workshop is open to you regardless of previous sewing experience. When: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018, 10.30am - 5pm with one hour for lunch Where: Threadworks. Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£230 or more

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Bomber Jacket Workshop

Spend a weekend making yourself a beautiful bomber jacket. In this workshop we will cover lots of sewing skills including overlocking fabric and inserting a zip. The course is also open to everyone regardless of previous sewing experience. I will provide all the fabric, equipment, zips you will need. When: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018, 10am - 5pm with one hour for lunch Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£230 or more

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Dungaree Workshop

Make yourself the ultimate pair of comfy dungarees, just in time for summer! This course will cover lots of useful sewing skills, including working with heavy weight fabrics. The workshop is open to all, regardless of previous sewing experience. When: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 2018, 10am-5pm with one hour lunch Where: Threadworks. Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

£230 or more

Bomber Jacket Workshop *New Date Added*

Spend a weekend making yourself a beautiful bomber jacket. In this workshop we will cover lots of sewing skills including overlocking fabric and inserting a zip. The course is also open to everyone regardless of previous sewing experience. I will provide all the fabric, equipment, zips you will need. When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018, 10am - 5pm with one hour for lunch Where: Threadworks, Saint John Street, Farringdon, London

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