Want to know how to fix your vintage and charity shop finds? Or mend your favourite pair of jeans? Come along to my new Sew & Mend Club in East London.

As a vintage fashion fan I know how frustrating it can be spending hours rummaging though rails at a vintage fair, finding that perfect vintage dress but discovering it is a bit snug, too long or the sleeves cut the arms in just the wrong place. The club will help you to alter your unique outfit.

Did you know that 87% of all textiles end up in landfill? We can help reduce this waste by sewing and mending our clothes or re-using the fabric for another project. My jeans always fray between the thighs, a simple trick to reinforce them before the hole appears extends their life.

The vintage dress below was missing all of it’s buttons when I bought it from a kilo vintage fair. I have a stash of vintage buttons to make an outfit look as good as new such as these floral buttons.

Jeans can be tricky to take up the hems and keep their professional finish but with this little trick they look brand new.

Designed as a collaborative group rather than a formal teaching environment, the idea is to inspire you to alter and mend your favourite clothes. The club starts on 23rd July and takes place every other Monday evening (6:30 to 8:30pm). It costs £5.50 per session with access to sewing machines and sewing equipment, plus a stash of fabrics and trims for patches and upcycling. I’ll be on hand to help with basic sewing skills and advice. We all approach sewing techniques differently and you will be encouraged to share your ideas and sewing knowledge with others. All levels welcome from beginners to experts. The club offers a friendly environment with two hours to dedicate to sewing. Get those sewing jobs finished that you never get round to.

Spaces are limited to 10 people per session, pre-booking is recommended and available here. Email me on sarah@oliveroad.london if you have any questions. If you live close to Bow (E3), I also co-ordinate a local sewing group the opposite Mondays to the Bethnal Green dates, more details here. Look forward to seeing you soon!