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Designing & Sewing for Upcycled Fashion


3/9/2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Join the Makers Mill instructor team who will coach and help you to design and create a wearable upcycled fashion design.  All skill levels welcome.  If needed, instructors will teach basic sewing skills on the sewing machine and provide a basic hand-sewing tool kit. Techniques for deconstructing a garment, harvesting the fabric, reusing structural details, working with patterns, and learning adaptive techniques for upcycling will be covered.  Bring your own materials (upcycled clothing or upcycled fabric items) and your ideas.

This class is open to all who are interested in upcycled fashion, but especially helpful for those who are considering entering a design in the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27, 2024.  that is an annual collaboration between Governor Wentworth Arts Council and Makers Mill.

Purchase tickets to attend the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27, 2024 here.

An Upcycled Maker/Art Market will be held in the foyer of the Kingswood Arts Center during the Upcycled Fashion Show.  Applications for tables are juried by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council.  Apply here.

The following workshops are also being offered to support those interested in upcycled fashion design with tips and the skills to make their project successfully. Participants can choose one or more workshops.

February 17, 10am to 1pm:  Upcycled Fashion Meet & Clothing Swap

March 23, 10am to 1pm: Closures & Embellishments for Upcycled Fashion

April 6, 10am to 1pm: Finishing & Accessorizing your Upcycled Project 


Please read our Class Attendee Policy prior to class.

Location: Second floor Fiber Arts space accessible via stairs or elevator.

Class Size:  minimum 3 and maximum 15     Age Group:  14+
Youth aged 14-17 will need their responsible adult to sign our Youth Waiver prior to class.

Registration Fee:  $20 non-members and $15 for members and youth.
Non-members will need to sign our General Waiver prior to class.

Instructors:  Cindy Durkee and Jeanne Flanagan
Cindy Durkee has a love of sewing that began as a child.  She studied at Pratt Institute in New York City earning a BFA in Fashion Design.  Years of work as a designer in the garment industry enhanced her knowledge of professional construction techniques, patternmaking and  fitting, and sewing shortcuts.  She has designed and produced clothing, theater costumes, large banner installations, commercial retail displays, décor items, as well as 3-D stuffed toys and dolls.  She sees learning to sew as a handy life skill and a creative expression technique.

Jeanne Flanagan grew up in a creative family that made everything from clothes to go-carts.  Here at Makers Mill, Jeanne wears several hats as the Leader of our Fiber/Crafts Arts Circle and as an instructor. Jeanne has been a makerspace instructor for many years in MA and has a wealth of knowledge about fiber arts.  “Makers Mill nourishes that hands-on, inquiring mind and I am so happy to be teaching and learning at the makerspace where we can inspire people to create for themselves.”

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