From a press release…
Stitched Up HQ aims to inspire people to adopt a more creative and sustainable wardrobe, by sharing sewing skills and resources. The organisation sets out to prove that an alternative to mainstream ‘fast fashion’ is not only possible, it’s more fun and a better expression of your individuality too!
Located at 517 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UF, Stitched Up HQ combines a workshop space and a small shop selling reclaimed fabrics plus fashion and accessories made by local designers. Sewing machines can be used by the hour. Stitched Up also lead workshops in schools and community groups.
‘Since opening at the start of January we’ve had a fantastic response from the local community,’ says Jacky, one of Stitched Up’s founder members. ‘The people of Chorlton are a really creative bunch. We’ve had people of ages popping in, whether to learn how to repair a button that’s fallen off their favourite jacket or to join in with one of our regular clothing swaps. We know that the people of south Manchester will really get behind Stitched Up in the future.’
One of Stitched Up’s core motivations is to inspire others to consider recycling or upcycling their clothes instead of sending them to landfill.
Bryony, another founding member of the cooperative, states:
‘Too often clothes are seen as throw away items. You can buy a dress for the price of a few cocktails, wear it to a party then chuck it away. But really, there’s no such thing as “away” – clothes end up sitting in landfill for decades. It’s a wasteful way of living and Stitched Up aim to encourage people to think about the sustainability of fashion.’
The official launch on 15 May will see the Stitched Up team open the doors of their HQ for a whole day of introductory events for their colleagues, neighbours, friends and local press and bloggers.