Green: the new black for

WE con­tinue our week of spe­cial Green Fes­ti­val fea­tures with a look into the idea of re-fash­ion­ing - cre­at­ing fab­u­lous new clothes from un­wanted items.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News Brief -

HOW many of us are guilty of get­ting rid of items of cloth­ing that are fun­da­men­tally still good enough to wear?

Whether the size is now wrong or we’re sim- ply bored of them, with the likes of Pri­mark around, clothes are now so cheap, few of us re­ally think twice about dis­card­ing un­wanted items.

But a gen­er­a­tion or two ago, a few min­utes with the sewing ma­chine would have trans­formed an unloved piece of cloth­ing into some­thing as good as new. As a coun­try we’ve lost the skills needed to fix and al­ter our own clothes, but Peter­bor­ough Col­lege of Adult Ed­u­ca­tion is do­ing its bit to get the city in the know. The col­lege runs all kinds of cour­ses in dress mak­ing and sewing, from the very ba­sics up to ad­vanced sub­jects like corsetry, and it has joined forces with Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) to stage a Trash­ion show to­mor­row at Queens­gate.

This show will fea­ture clothes which have been made from things which would oth­er­wise have been thrown away, be it ‘rub­bish’ or old items of cloth­ing no longer wanted.

Lind­sey Homes, per­sonal com­mu­nity devel­op­ment learn­ing pro­gramme man­ager at the col­lege said: “We have quite strict rules. We can’t just use a bin liner and make a dress as that bin liner could be used for its orig­i­nal pur­pose.

“It has to be some­thing that would oth­er­wise have been thrown away.”

High­lights of the show will in­clude a dress made from re­jected shut­tle­cocks and one crafted from a wed­ding dress pet­ti­coat and Union flags.

Lind­sey said that there are gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple who no longer posses skills that a few decades ago would have been es­sen­tial. “It al­ways used to be passed down but it got to I think the ‘60s and ‘70s and clothes were cheaper and it be­came quite un­fash­ion­able to make your own clothes,” she said. The good news is that the tide is now turn­ing, and in Peter­bor­ough at least, there is a real de­sire to learn tra­di­tional skills. “I’ve been here nearly two years and when I first started we had one or two dress mak­ing classes and now

OYS! Some­times don’t they just amaze you (and not in a good way).

Why do they have to smash, crash and bash ev­ery­thing? And why are they so smutty?

Over the bank hol­i­day week­end Sa­muel had sev­eral young friends over to play and the mis­chief they got up to was un­be­liev­able.

On Satur­day our son and one of his friends thought it would be great fun to push a flan­nel down the plug hole of the sink in our new en suite shower room. They then turned the taps on, and for some rea­son no one could ex­plain, couldn’t man­age to turn them off again.

By the time they told us what had hap­pened wa­ter was pour­ing through the ceil­ing.

Later that evening my hus­band and I also dis­cov­ered the pair of them had weed in the bath - ap­par­ently they were try­ing to see who could aim the high­est - and they had used our bed as a tram­po­line, break­ing all the slats un­der­neath.

A very con­trite son went to bed that night with no tele­vi­sion and no Match At­tax al­bum - and we were con­fi­dent he would not do any­thing like this again.

But, how wrong we were.

GET­TING CRAFTY: Lind­sey Holmes in a dress made from ma­te­rial that would oth­er­wise have been thrown away. (METP28-0510PF017) SKILLS: Amanda Ilett with one of her cre­ations. (METP-28-0510PF020) Photo: PAUL FRANKS

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