A Day in the Rag Trade

November 14th, 2012 by Brigitte Leave a reply »

We began setting up ReFashion at 8am and our band of volunteers transformed the Langdale Hall into a buzzing, vibrant stage for our workshops, swishing event and catwalk by 10.

Over 300 people made their way to the hall to swap clothes, enjoy a coffee, learn a new sewing skill,  try the workshops, buy from the charities and watch one of many catwalks showcasing clothes both used and and made from re-used fabrics.

Workshops included: Witney artist Teresa Arnold demonstrating feltmaking; Groundwork making ragrugs and helping youngsters ‘pimp’ their t-shirts with sequins, pens and material; Transition Eynsham revamping old clothes and Sustainable Witney offering a repair service and demonstrating how to make minor repairs.

Over 300kg of textiles were donated and given a new lease of life in the form of clothes, material and bras. Leftover clothes from Swishing went to the Thursday swishing event held in Oxford Town Hall, the bras went to the bra bank and the material that was unable to be used for anything else was donated to the Air Ambulance who sold it to raise funds.

Some of the clothes for the swishing event were donated by local shops Keates and Sassi.

Clothes for our catwalk shows were organised and put together by Rennaissance, The Blue Cross, The African Children’s Fund and Sobell House.

Models for the catwalk included the Burford Guides, volunteers from all of the charity shops involved, Oxford and Cherwell College, Sustainable Witney, Groundwork and WODC.

Sustainable Witney would like to thank all involved especially the staff at the Langdale Hall who were so helpful both before and during the day.

This was such a lively and successful day that it has inspired us to organise one for next year so watch this space.


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