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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.
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