Follow this thread, say Hackney needlewomen

WHY SPEND hours searching charries and vintage shops for that rare item of old clothing? Make it yourself. In this case that’s not so much a contradiction as  a paradox.

OK, it’s nonsense… but not quite, as seasoned sewer Marion May explains. “We realise,” she tells Loving Dalston, “a lot of people are interested about [she’s French — Ed.] making their clothes, in the style they want, with a strong interest in vintage garment.

“We would like to provide a service in this way [oui, française — Ed.].”

So with designer friend Fiona Caripis [she may be Melburnian — Ed.] the nimble-with-a-thimble May is teaching us to sew.

As for fees, she says: “It depends of the classes but it will be between £50 and £120 by workshop (the workshops are between 3 hours and 16 hours).” [Neither can I — Ed.]

An Edwardian portable
An Edwardian portable

May presses on: “We are providing the sewing machines, but you have to bring your fabric and threads. We ask people to bring old clothes or curtains to reuse them.” Cupcakes will be included.

Classes will take place usually twice a week in a hired space at the Maybe a Vole studio and gallery in Dalston. See the finger-prickers’ website.

They promise that you will learn to sew or improve your skills and how to upcycle to minimise waste. They hope the classes will bring together the “vibrant and diverse people of Hackney (and beyond) over a sewing machine” and they aim eventually to provide patterns for men.

Hamish Scott

* Maybe a Vole studio and gallery, 51 King Henry’s Walk, Dalston N1 4NH. Alsew (yawn — Ed.) interesting are:  The Make Escape, Hackney Attic, Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HE, last Tuesday of the month, free; Fabrications in Broadway Market Dalston E8 4PH; Our Patterned Hand, 49 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH; The Thrifty Stitcher, 21, 3 Shelford Place, Clissold Park N16 9HS 

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