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Sun, May 26



Gender and Body Affirming Sewing Workshop

This free event is presented by the Ladies of the Lakes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to educate on upcycling, mending, and fitting clothes in a hands-on environment. The focus is intended to be on gender-affirming style, comfort in your body, and eco/budget-friendly reuse.

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Gender and Body Affirming Sewing Workshop
Gender and Body Affirming Sewing Workshop

Time & Location

May 26, 2024, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Minneapolis, 4547 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA


About the event

Sister Sindy Slide (She/Hers) is hosting and providing hands-on education with the below topics, please bring your supplies and projects to work on:

  • How to thread a machine (showing on a more complicated and an accessible machine) and problem solving
  • Ironing/fabric maintenance
  • General skills
  • Basic hand stitching
  • Fit alterations     
    • How to measure your body (with accommodations for those with body dysmorphia)
    • How to add to a garment to make it larger
    • How (and where) to remove fabric to make things smaller
    • Waistbands (elastic or Adjustable, how to keep a button and zipper in place while up-or downsizing)


  • Cloning and patterning     
    • How to “clone” a garment that already fits well
    • How to choose fabric
    • Making a pattern


  • Upcycling     
    • Thrifting items to alter
    • Dyeing
    • Patching
    • Other creative techniques (freezer paper stencils, Bleach dye, ETC)


  • Mending     
    • Fixing thigh rub areas
    • Hiding stains
    • How to add pockets

    The Sisters are a nonprofit that works with and for the local LGBTQIA community, and would accept (but do not require) any donations towards their work at the event, thank you!

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