This project is a collaboration between WEPT a CIC and two fashion brands company; Zobia and Vaness M’Boge as part of their giving back to the community in Wembley and co sponsored by The Kindness Offensive charity in the Brent area. Most of the senior citizens had little to no experience with sewing, but had a burning desire to learn more about garment making. The 12-week program is one of the projects with Outreach, to work with local young people, schools and families to inform them of the opportunities in the creative industries.

This pilot project is in respond to a group of local senior citizens who are essentially neglected in the local community and wanted to learn about the sewing and garment making. Over 12 weeks (for 4 hours a week) they worked with two designers Vaness M’Boge of Vaness M’boge womenswear brand and Susan Lake a London College of Fashion graduate, to study a range of specialist skills in fashion, dressmaking, pattern cutting, fabric manipulation, cushions/soft furnishings and other craft pieces of their choice.

Most of these seniors had little to no sewing skills, but by the end of the project they would’ve chosen a commercial pattern and make their own dresses. At the end of the project in July, during the up coming Wembley Futures festival, these seniors will be showcasing their dresses they made at an award ceremony organized for their efforts, and also we’ll be helping them out with additional classes if they want to take it further.

So watch this space!

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