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Upcycling Fashion

Upcycling Fashion

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Abigail Jones, Tutor to be confirmed


Every three years in Britain, a billion tonnes of clothing ends up as waste. Designers at all levels are increasingly turning their focus to sustainable ways of creating fashion designs using more environmentally friendly methods. On this practical and creative short course you will learn how to create unique, sustainably made garments and give items of clothing a new lease of life.

Using a pre-loved item of clothing, you will learn how to apply design principles and hand sewing construction techniques to make a unique piece of upcycled, sustainable clothing. You will obtain the skills needed to create numerous design ideas and based using deconstruction and reconstruction techniques. You will leave the course with a completed garment and technical file of samples.

Students will consider ethical and sustainable techniques and how individuals can play their part in stopping unwanted clothes going to landfill.

You will need to bring at least two of your own garments to use during this course.

This course includes:

  • Design techniques
  • Pattern cutting
  • Hand sewing techniques
  • Hand embroidery and embellishment
  • Sustainable practices


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Abigail Jones is a dynamic associate lecturer and artist with boundless energy and enthusiasm. She enables students to think creatively whilst encouraging a "can do" attitude. Part of Abigail's success is her ability to motivate students to generate a body of work, which enables them to experiment and explore and ultimately for them to reach their full potential. Abigail studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, and was awarded a British Academy Scholarship to do an MA at the Slade School of Art (University College London). After graduating Abigail worked across a range of disciplines; as fashion illustrator her work was published in Vogue’s December issue 2008; as a scenic artist she produced the backdrop for the Supergrass Acoustic tour and as a sculptor she restored the Elfin Oak situated in Kensington Gardens. Subsequently she set up her Hackney studio and went on to exhibit across Europe. Since 2006 Abigail has been employed as an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, UAL, specialising in drawing and product design. During this time she was awarded a distinction on the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and also built a reputation as an academic. Her success record is impressive, as many of her former students have gone on to take on pivotal roles within the fashion industry. Abigail has an extensive collection of teaching resources that are currently being collated into a text book. The lectures and workshops she facilitates are carefully constructed to inform and inspire students to be as creative as possible. Her experience and plethora of knowledge gained by working and teaching within the fashion industry has made her an inspiration to students past and present.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:    

  • Needles
  • Needle Threader (if needed)
  • Pins
  • Tape Measure
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Stitch Unpicker
  • Colour Cotton Thread
  • Assorted haberdashery (e.g. old buttons, lace, iron badges, embroidery, scraps of fabric/denim/soft leather)
  • One second hand men’s shirt (light colours only)
  • 1-2 Fashion Magazines
  • Sketch book/ Note book
  • Images or reference material for inspiration
  • Any fabrics you want to use

Available dates