In this comprehensive introduction to up-cycling we challenge students to design and produce an on-trend garment exclusively from second hand clothes, fabric remnants and textile waste. Students will be asked to integrate sustainability into every aspect of their design from initial concept and mood board to a finished ready to wear piece. They will learn up-cycling and customisation techniques and gain knowledge of making garments with minimal environmental and social costs. Students will end the session by presenting their pieces to classmates and will be encouraged to share the ideas, skills and motivations behind their creations. The task challenges students creatively and develops their skills in an area where many are interested but often lack confidence.

  • We start the workshop with a discussion exploring sustainable fashion and up-cycling, and the environmental and social impacts of fast fashion.
  • We introduce students to up-cycled and sustainable fashion designers and techniques including our own ethical fashion label TRAIDremade.
  • Students start on their designs using mood boards and fashion illustration to set out their ideas.
  • Students start customising and up-cycling their clothes following their designs. We will teach a range of up-cycling techniques to turn designs into finished pieces.
  • Everyone presents their pieces to the class and discusses their ideas and thoughts on sustainable fashion.

Topics Covered

TRAID, Charity, Social Enterprises, Brands, Waste Prevention, Recycling, Reuse, Up-cycling, Resource Management, Ethical Fashion, Fast Fashion, Sewing Skills, Design, Fashion Illustration