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Workshop In Sustainable Fashion Principles: Sew A Zero Waste Dress

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

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Sew A Zero Waste Dress + Zero Waste Talk & Networking 9.30am – 5.30pm   more info 11 Tickets May 6, 2017 £50.00 £0.00
Zero Waste Talk & Networking (only) 1pm – 2.30pm   more info 30 Tickets May 6, 2017 £25.00 £0.00

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Zero Waste Workshop:

Sew A Zero Waste Dress + Zero Waste Talk & Networking

with Franki Campbell, Eve Tokens & Josie Warden


Zero Waste Dress


An example of the zero waste dress you'll leave with on the day. Eve and Franki will help you create and amend the pattern to create a unique design that you love! 



Do you want to take steps towards transformative change in the fashion industry? Spend the day with two incredible zero waste experts, Franki Campbell and Eve Tokens, who will guide you through the concept of zero-waste design, getting hands on with different examples of sustainably made garments and textiles. You’ll learn easy-to-master techniques to help develop your own cutting edge fashion designs with sustainability and mindfulness at its core. Then sew your very own zero-waste garment, currently featured in Safia Minney‘s newest book, “Slave to Fashion“, and designed by Offset Warehouse.



So, the details…


Full Day Event


Sew A Zero Waste Dress + Zero Waste Talk & Networking 


Includes lunch by Building BloQs’ in-house chef, Offset Warehouse fabrics & access to sewing machines.

Proficient sewing level required


9.30am – 5.30pm


£50 for the full day


Max 15 participants


Our practical workshop involves completing a fully finished, high-quality, zero-waste dress. With full access to Building Bloq’s new and impressive Textile Studio, your pick of beautiful Offset Warehouse fabrics and our two zero-waste sewing experts to guide you, you’ll be fully immersed in sustainable design and leave feeling totally inspired. Delicious lunch also provided, and a brilliant opportunity to network with our knowledgable speakers and the other attendees.

After your freshly cooked lunch, you’ll take a short break from sewing to have an inspiring, interactive talk from our three incredible sustainable fashion and zero waste experts, Franki and Eve, and Josie Warden, who will discuss the concept and principles of zero waste design, with examples to hand. You’ll also learn key skills to help you develop sustainable practices within your own work.

Franki Campbell

Franki is a pattern cutting queen, I meant it! She is a freelance Creative Pattern Cutter, providing pattern designs for many and varying fashion lines. Her initial interest in sewing and garment construction began young, and took her to undertake courses in corsetry, costume and bespoke pattern. She then undertook the PGC in Innovative Pattern Cutting at Central St Martins. After graduating her interest in sustainable fashion took her to intern at Safia Minney’s label People Tree. Her curiosity and knowledge of the intricacies of pattern cutting is impressive. She also has backgrounds in Fine Art and also in Art Therapy, another wonderful exploration of the benefits of creativity which I know I’d love to hear more about from her!


Eve Tokens

Eve is a professionally trained fashion designer with seriously meticulous sewing skills and an inspiring commitment to sustainability. You may have read my blog post back in January in which Eve describes her experience of showing her collection at one the world’s only sustainable fashion weeks. She has since set up her own sustainable education business The Creative Curator and let me assure you, a lesson with this lady is going to be really worth it. She knows her stuff, and her passion for eco-friendly design principles is unrelenting.


Josie Warden

Originally trained as a textile designer Josie is now a Researcher in the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team at the RSA. She was part of the RSA Great Recovery project, which investigated the role of design in a circular economy. Her work currently includes research into the future of manufacturing in London. Over four years the RSA Great Recovery pulled together a network including designers, manufacturers, waste managers and materials experts to look at the opportunities a more circular economy offers for changing the way we design and use the things around us. From visiting recycling centres to pulling apart sofas, the project took a hands on approach to understanding the challenges of waste, because often the best place to have these conversations about the role of good design is at the bottom of a pile of rubbish. Josie will give an insight into the findings from the project, and explore the role of design in shifting to an economy which values materials and the environment.


We shouldn’t feel helpless but empowered to educate, inform and act to tailor make the future of the industry we want to see. In this practical workshop we hope to offer you the tools you need to decide how you can start to implement best practices within your work to add value to people and spaces. We want you to leave feeling inspired to think about how designing strategically, re-using, recycling and repairing can become relevant to your lives.

Format of the Full Day Event


9.00am: Welcome & Choosing Fabric

9.30am – 12.30pm: Cut Out Fabrics Following Layout Plans

12.30pm – 1pm: Light Lunch with Guest Speakers & Networking

1pm – 2.30pm: Inspiring Zero Waste Talk & Networking

2.30pm – 5.30: Finish Sewing Time (speedy sewers may complete the garment before 5.30pm)


Zero Waste Talk & Networking

If the practical aspect isn’t for you, why not just attend the inspiring zero waste talks and networking with Franki Campbell and Eve Tokens. Please note, this option does not include lunch or making a zero waste dress.

1.00pm – 2.30pm



Slave To Fashion


Our zero waste pattern, designed by Founder and Director of Offset Warehouse, features in Safia Minney's book, "Slave To Fashion". 


Building Bloqs

Building Bloqs have six bays (one will be shared between two participants), each of these has a straight stitch, a size 8 mannequin and a work table. You will have access to the following machines in the Textile Studio. Our experts are on hand to show you how to use these machines:

  • Straight Stitch x 6
  • Rolled Hem x1
  • Blind Hem x 1
  • Steam Irons x 2
  • Four Thread Overlocker x 2
  • Coverstitch x 1
  • Walking Foot x1
  • Shank Button Hole x 1
  • Keyhole Button Hole x 1
  • Pattern Cutting Table x 1


Who Should Attend?

The practical part of this workshop is suitable for designers, those who aspire to make clothes to professional standards and enthusiastic sewers with proficient sewing skills. This is an ideal opportunity for domestic sewing machine users to be introduced to industrial machines, under the supervision of experts.

If the practical workshop isn't for you, we welcome you to attend the Zero Waste Talk & Networking, suitable for attendees from all backgrounds, with an interest in sustainability in design, particularly within the fashion and textiles industry. This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people, share your views and learn something new. I’ll also bring many of my Offset Warehouse fabrics along, for you to have a good rummage through. 

Fashion is not just about the latest ‘it’ bag, but holds tremendous capacity to spark change that can influence the lives of millions and have a monumental effect on our planet. If you want to learn more about sewing, the design industry or how to make a positive change in the lives of those who create your beautiful fabric and clothing… we can’t wait to meet you.



So far this year we have organised a collection of networking, shopping and learning evening events, as well as a sewing party as part of our Green is The New Black: Eco Sewing & Fashion sustainable design community group. Now it’s time for a full day workshop! In collaboration with creative work space Building Bloqs, let us introduce you conceptually and practically to one of the most exciting yet common sensical movements in sustainable fashion.

Have questions about Workshop In Sustainable Fashion Principles: Sew A Zero Waste Dress? Contact Offset Warehouse

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Building BloQs
Anthony Way
N18 3QT London
United Kingdom

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

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Who are these events for?


Anyone with an interest in design, particularly fashion and textiles. In these gettogethers you'll have the opportunity to learn new sewing skills, hear from the best about sustainable design practices and the fashion industry, and meet incredible, likeminded people, all on your doorstep!


Why did I start this group?


I'm fed up with fashion.

In 2009, I left the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Menswear Design. During my time studying, my eyes were opened to the slave labour and farmer suicides caused by unfair wages and worker rights, and I was horrified. The thought of my designs negatively affecting – even killing – workers was a massive shock and abhorred me - I just didn’t want to be part of it.

Digging deeper, I discovered the environmental disasters associated with fabric production, and that irresponsibility on the part of some manufacturers is destroying entire ecosystems and areas of land. When we buy a fabric on the high street - we have no idea who has made it. Is that metre you just bought contributing to the slavery of someone else?? I couldn’t sit back. I had to do something about it.

I now search the world for ethical fabrics that I can sell from just one metre through my company, Offset Warehouse.

Charlie Ross

At the core of all of my work at Offset Warehouse is my passion to help the people who weave our fabrics, and to prevent any further environmental atrocities associated with textile manufacture. It's my goal to source the most beautiful, hand-crafted and fairly-sourced fabrics, trims and threads from across the globe, and sell from one to hundreds of metres at affordable but fair prices. Most importantly, you can feel good knowing exactly where your fabric has come from, and who has made it...

But it's not enough! I want to teach as many people about working ethically. From home sewers, to big name brands - if you're using a fabric you should be doing much more. There are so many small changes we can make, which impact the lives of millions of textile and garment workers. I am so excited about the possibilities of this new group and have some amaaaazing things lined up for you, which I can not wait to share. Join and learn new skills and get to know the best brands that are winning when it comes to sustainability, employee rights, fair trade and great style…

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