The Great Oxfam Sew Down

School of Design students embarked on a 12 hour sewing marathon, repairing, re-styling and re-designing vintage clothing that had previously been donated to Oxfam.

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Prior to the event, these donations were almost worthless due to missing buttons, torn seams, frayed hems and stained fabric.

Using their skills and dedication to the Oxfam cause, the students upcycled a total of 155 garments, adding an average value of £30 to the items. On average, each student gave a new lease of life to four garments.

Sew down 2Fashion Design students with their upcycled garments. 

The pieces of clothing will raise in excess of £6,000 when they are sold on Oxfam’s online vintage website. Oxfam will use this to help alleviate poverty.

A spokesperson for Oxfam said: “The event exceeded all of our expectations and Oxfam very impressed with the students' professionalism and dedication”.

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