With London Fashion Week now come to a close, the capital has firmly fallen in love with new clothes.

Clothing consumption, however, currently accounts for over 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprints. With Love Your Clothes, a campaign aimed at reducing the impact of clothing on the environment, we're calling on Londoners to make small, manageable changes that will make a big difference. If we all used our clothes for just nine months longer (extending their average life to around three years), their carbon, water and waste footprints would be reduced by a huge 20-30%! 

To this end, we're helping Londoners stay in love with their existing wardrobes by running 20 FREE workshops across the city this autumn! The workshops will give fashion-conscious Londoners advice on how to care for and repair the clothes they love. Each workshop will offer unique tips, insights and practical advice on how to repair or up-cycle clothes. Run by ‘super crafters’, the workshops will cater for complete novices to those that are a dab hand with a needle.

What will the workshops cover?

The workshops will cover either alterations & repair or re-styling & customisation.

Alterations & repair

Workshops will cover some or all of the following:

  • shortening or adding materials
  • mending and darning holes
  • fixing buttons & zips
  • taking up trousers/skirts
  • altering waistlines
  • sewing on buttons/making buttonholes
  • quick fixes for tears, including patching
  • re-threading cords and elasticated areas (hand sewing)

Re-styling & customisation

Workshops will cover all or some of the following:

  • using appliqué, lace, embellishments and other fabrics to transform clothes into new pieces

  • using a combination of machine and hand sewing to alter, re-tailor, re-fashion and customise garments in stylish ways.

If you would like to attend a workshop, check out the list below and sign up for one (or more!) closest to you. If you can't make a workshop, the Love Your Clothes website is packed full of top tips, films and downloadable guides on everything from how to build a capsule wardrobe, to repairing broken zips and crafting projects for families!

Waltham Forest, 17 September, 13:00-16:00. Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Road, Waltham Forest, E17 4EY

Barnet, 08 October, 15:00-18:00

SOLD OUT Hackney, 11 October, 18:00-21:00

Merton, 11 October, 11:00 - 12.30 and 13:00-14:30. Wimbledon Piazza (pedestrianised shopping area) SW19 1QB, DROP IN

Newham, 12 October, 14:00-18:00. The Gate Library, Woodgrange Road, E7 0QH

Richmond, 13 October, 18.30-21.30

Kingston, 13 October, 11:00-12:30 and 13:00-14:30. Kingston's Ancient Market Place, KT1 1JS, DROP IN

Croydon, 16 October, 11:00-12:30 and 13:00-14:30. North End pedestrianised shopping area, Crodyon, CR0 1TY, DROP IN

SOLD OUT Harrow, 17 October, 11.30-14.30

Hillingdon, 18 October, 18.30-21.30

SOLD OUT Brent, 19 October, 12:00-15:00

Ealing, 19 October, 19:30-21:00

Wandsworth, 19 October, 18:30-21:30

Greenwich, 20 October, 15:00 - 16:30 and 16:30-18:00. Barnfield Hub, Herbert Place, SE18 3BD, DROP IN

Havering, 22 October, 10:30-12:30. Hornchurch L'by, North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1SU. Look out for how to book in your local area.

Sutton, 22 October, 11:00-12:30 and 13:00-14:30. Sutton High Street (pedestrianised shopping area) SM3 8RW, DROP IN

Westminster, 22 October, 13:00-16:00. Paddington Library, 45 Porchester Road, W2 5DU, Look out for how to book in your local area.

Hounslow, 26 October, 12:00-15:00

Ealing, 26 October, 19:30-21:00

City of London, 29 October,2-5pm,  Lilac Room, Barbican Estate Office, 3 Lauderdale Place, EC1V 4LF. To book email recycling@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call the contact centre on 020 7606 3110

Southwark, 31 October, time tbc. Recycling Discovery Centre, Southwark MRF, 43 Devon Street, SE15 1AL, booking tbc

Don't forget to follow @loveyourclothes and @recycle_london on Twitter for latest news.

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