London is full of creative people and the great news is that many of them want to share their skills with you too! Whether you’re just looking for something fun and crafty to do or want to brush up on your existing talents (and perhaps turn them into a career) join this talented bunch and learn something new this summer. Here’s our pick of London’s best fashion workshops whatever your style.
1. Experimental Knitting, Jane Bowler
This isn’t your average craft afternoon. Innovative fashion designer Jane Bowler hosts her ‘experimental knitting’ workshop at her East London studio where you’ll learn how to incorporate embellishment into your knitting and use recycled materials. Classes are small, suitable for knitting beginners and take place over two hours on a Saturday.
Jane Bowler studio, studio 4, 375 High street, Stratford, E15 4QZ
2. Sew a Summer Skirt in a Weekend, City Lit
Want to turn up on your holidays like ‘oh, this thing? I made it!’ then sign up for this sewing class which will have your summer wardrobe sorted and you’ll have fun making it. Over two days you’ll make your own skirt and pick up essential skills that can be used on other garments too such as adapting the pattern, inserting an invisible zip, and machining a hem.
City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BA
3. Silver Rings Workshop, Drink Shop Do
n this friendly café/ bar, there’s a real community spirit with activities going on every day of the week, including plenty of fashion workshops. On the 7th June there’s the chance to carve a ring design out of jeweller’s wax over a free cocktail, which will then be sent away to be cast in silver and sent to you within two weeks. Make friends, stay for a drink and then wait excitedly by the letterbox for your unique design to arrive.
9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX
4. Make Your Own Leather Accessories, Tea and Crafting
If you’re prone to making a few slip ups when making your own accessories, try this leather making workshop which will show you how to make three objects in one session! You’re bound to get at least one right. Attendees will be taught how to make a keyring tassel or earrings, a jewellery tray and an Oyster card holder.
30B Camden Lock Place, 2nd Floor, London, NW1 8AL
5. Introduction to Fashion Blogging, London College of Fashion
Everything you need to know about starting and running a blog. If you’re thinking of launching a blog, or have just launched one, this course will take you through everything to turn it into a success. From creating brilliant content to making the most out of social media and SEO, you’ll be on your way to becoming a professional blogger by the end of the weekend.
London College of Fashion, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY
6. Introduction to Garment Alterations, Fabrications
The benefit you’ll get from this fashion workshop goes well beyond the day itself. If you’re a bit rooky with a sewing machine and want to fix your own clothing (an essential life skill!), then this class teaches you all the basics. In the afternoon session you’ll also work on pieces from your own wardrobe that you’ve brought along to fix.
7 Broadway Market Hackney, London, E8 4PH
7. Fashion Photography Workshop, Photo Ion
For keen photographers who are finding themselves drawn to the glamorous world of fashion, this one-day intensive workshop covers the technical skills you’ll need as well as tips on props and working with models. Taught by a practicing photographer, this is your chance to quiz them on life in the profession too.
Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London, Waterloo, SE1 8UJ
8. Easy Pyjamas Sewing Bootcamp, Sew it With Love
We recommend getting the girls together for this class and following it with a slumber party! Get crafty, top up your sewing skills and walk away with a cute new pair of PJ bottoms. This course, with up to five people in a class, is great for beginners but if you’re already a dab hand with a sewing machine, check out their other classes to make circle skirts and cigarette pants.
Yellow Studio, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
9. Catwalk Makeup, Athena London
Ready to get your makeup skills London Fashion Week-ready? Sign up to this two-day workshop to learn about working with different skin types and colours and creating catwalk-worthy looks. It’s a great refresher for makeup artists who are looking to move onto the next step and they’ll come and teach you in your own space.
A location of your choice.
10. One-Day Sandal Making Class, The Shoemaking School
Yes, apparently it’s possible to make a pair of sandals in a day, and this workshop will show you how! Book now to create a pair of strappy leather sandals tailored to your tastes just in time for summer from master shoemakers who have been running their fashion workshops since 1997.
Black Truffle, 4 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ