Sewing Workshops with Becca

  • 11 & 18 November 2017

Wear and Tear and Make and Wear

Date/Time: 11 November, 3-7pm (4 hr)
Fee: $100/pax

Liberate yourself — from old clothes, from design, from the tyranny of craftsmanship!

Led by intuition, we will make totally new, as yet wholly undefined, garments out of used clothing. With a few basic, easy to understand principles and simple techniques, you will make clothes that you will commit to being proud of. Never thought you would wear something you made? GREAT! You’re walking out of the class wearing your new creation!


Make sure you are:

  • Wearing separates that are NOT valuable to you and that you are comfortable bending and sitting on the floor in.
  • Wearing underlayers that you do not mind being seen in by the group.

Things to bring:

    1. 5 varied pieces of old clothing, freshly laundered, ironed or steamed if creased.
    2. These pieces of clothing should not match, can be your size or not (it does not matter), should include some pieces with pattern or print, should not be stained, torn or otherwise unwearable.
    3. Any available sewing notions/tools such as scissors, pins, needles and thread, measuring tape, rulers, elastic, sewing machines, large safety pins, etc.


Wait… 2 Threads?

Date/Time: 11 November, 11am-1.30pm (2.5 hr)
Fee: $30/pax (for those already attending the ‘Wear and Tear and Make and Wear’ workshop)
$60/pax (for those only attending this introductory sewing workshop)

If you have never used a sewing machine before, this pre-workshop is for you! You’ll learn the basics of using a sewing machine, working with different kinds of materials, as well as some tips for general sewing success. This is not a sewing class; it is intended to set you up to explore working intuitively with a sewing machine—Becca doesn’t believe in following directions, and is not geared towards creating a specific finished project.

Priority will go to ‘Wear and Tear and Make and Wear’ workshop attendees.


Is that a book in your jacket, or are you happy to see me?

Date/Time: 18 November 2017, 3-6pm (3 hr)
Fee: $60

Judge a book, by its cover! How much more can you personalise a book? In this workshop, we will create a jacket and complementing bookmark, for a favourite book in your collection or as a gift (we will be just over a month away from the season of mass capitalism). Work with upcycled personal clothing to add a bit of yourself, and keep those words warm with the object of your labour!

Bring along:

      1. One or two pieces of personal clothing to upcycle (you will transform this into your project)
        • Preferably a sturdy non-stretchy woven fabric, such as a pair of jeans, a tailored jacket, or something of similar weight or thickness. Also great options: upholstery or slipcovers, single layer (not quilted) blankets, canvas tote bags.
      2. A book you’ve read or know the contents of, like a novel of some sort
        • Soft or hard-cover, no larger than 1 quarter of the piece of clothing or textile you want to upcycle. If your book is larger, bring 2 pieces of clothing!

We will provide all other materials, but if you have any available sewing notions/tools such as scissors, pins, needles and thread, measuring tape, rulers, elastic, sewing machines, large safety pins, etc, bring them along! It’s always nice to work with tools we’re familiar with.


Registration required, please sign up here: Registration closes at 11pm on 9 Nov 2017.

Payment will be collected on the day of the workshops, please note that we only accept cash.

For the workshops to run, we require a minimum number of participants. In the event where the minimum sign-ups are not reached, the class will be cancelled 1–2 days prior, and you will be notified by email.

For all enquires, please email



Eugene Tan works in drag performance, costume design, creative production and LGBT organizing. You may have seen him around town in drag as Becca D’Bus, or out of drag in some garment you’ve wondered about. He makes most of his own clothing. His approach to clothing creation is intuitive and improvisational, almost never based on paper patterns and not particularly interested in gender codes.