How to Do Visible Mending, The New Fashion Detail
Date and Time of Class: September 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are short micro workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
It used to be called invisible, but today the new “make do and mend” trend is truly visible, which can be seen, stand out and enhance the look of the garment. The finished outcome gives a once pre-loved every day manufactured piece of clothing a unique, home spun, hand worked new lease of life, which will make you love all over again.
What makes this workshop so neat, is that you do not need any special equipment, no expensive materials and you do not even necessarily need clothes in need of repair as you can re-imagine or pretend where a repair is required and get to work on creating this customised look.
Once you get hooked on playing and experimenting with visible repairs it is the take anywhere craft-stitch project; get creative in your armchair, take it on a journey or sit in your garden; you do not need workspace to achieve these outcomes.
What You Will Learn in this Workshop
Experienced and talented tutor Gary Mills with a background in fashion design, imparts his knowledge on how to create a balanced and a visually enhanced look to your repairs. During this 3-hour workshop, he will cover stabilising a hole in a garment for repair, patching from behind and patching on top; using turned or raw edges, a simple yet effective darning technique, decorative Boro stitching to use for strengthening the repair but also for decoration and a small portfolio of hand stitches that you can draw upon to enhance and decorate a garment.
Gary has chosen a knitted jumper, a cotton jersey t shirt, a woven cotton shirt and cotton drill trousers to visibly repair in his examples.
Your outcome for this workshop can be examples on all 4 types of garments or you may wish to just concentrate upon and choose one woven and one knitted garment.
Level of Experience
- The skill level for this project would suit all, from the beginner who would like to learn with simple, clear, achievable instruction, to those who are more experienced who will quickly grasp the process and perhaps wish for more guidance in design choices which Gary can advise upon.
Materials / Equipment required by Attendees
- You need suitable garments or clothes – these do not necessarily have to need repair as you can use this process on new garment also. It is suggested that you have a knitted garment (exampled for darning jumper or similar not too fine a knit) to decorate and a woven garment such as simple cotton shirt or a pair of trousers such as Jeans or cotton drill cargo pants or similar.
- A selection of fabrics for repairs and patches – you only need ridiculously small scraps of cotton fabrics in prints, checks and block colours. But do consider in conjunction with the original colours of the garments you are working on. You may wish to go tonal, or you may wish to go contrast against a plan colour. See how Gary has worked colours in his photographed examples.
- Threads and yarns – Gary has used cotton Perle embroidery thread and DCM embroidery thread for his decorative stitches and darning details. You can also use fine wools and any other decorative or repair threads you have at hand.
- Sew-all or quilting cotton thread in matching colours to garments and patching fabrics for stabilising and hand turning edges of the patches.
- Thin strips of fusible web are useful to adhere small patches before stitching, although some tacking stitches can be just as effective.
- Hand sewing needles varying sizes (a wool darning needle if you wish to work in wool)
- Fabric and embroidery scissors
- Tape measure, ruler or small quilters graded square.
- Vanishing ink fabric marker pen
- Gary Mills