A day-long event at Somerset House will teach Londoners how to bring knackered clothes back to life. Flo Wales Bonner is sew into it.
You’ll almost certainly have some lurking in a drawer at home – shirts with buttons missing, forlorn, holey sweaters that you’ve been resolving to mend since the days before Oyster cards existed. London, let them haunt you no longer, because Refashion Day, a one-off event taking over Somerset House (November 26), is coming to help banish the guilt for good. The UK throws out almost a million tonnes of textiles a year – tsk, tsk – and Hubbub, a new organisation that promotes sustainable shopping, wants to help us put a stop to that.
Starting from noon, head to the House for a series of workshops and talks demonstrating cool ways to make the most of what’s in your wardrobe. Bring along an item in need of some TLC to the free Sew It Forward drop-in session (noon-4pm), where people will be sharing skills and learning how to sew, knit, and mend old clothes. There’ll also be a free talk on upcycling in fashion (1pm-1.20pm), a workshop on turning unloved jumpers into bobble hats led by eco retailer Traid, plus an eco-friendly jewellery-making class (both £5, from 6pm-8.30pm). Proceeds from the day go to homeless charity The Connection, and all visitors go home with a goodie bag. Make a day of it, or just nip in to a session during your lunch break, and you could come out with a whole new outfit. With no holes in it!
Refashion Day Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. www. hubbub.org. uk/fashion. Temple. Wed Nov 26, noon-8.30pm (event timings vary, booking advised).