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Fashion Has Come Full Circle

This article appeared in the Cairns Post on 31 March, 2014.

Designer, Sewing Teacher Sajeela Jamie and Model Sara Hasham

Fashion Designer / Sewing teacher Sajeela Jamie looks on as model Sara Hasham tries on clothes made from curtains and n old dress. Sajeela will be showing JCU students how to recycle clothes ahead of the Sustainability Symposium & Fair next Month. Picture: Stewart McLean

RECYCLING just became fashionable.

And even an old curtain can be salvaged and reused as Sajeela Jamie showed with her display of revamped garments at James Cook University recently.

The designer and sewing teacher will host free workshops at the Sustainability Symposium and Fair next month where she hopes to inspire others to recycle clothing.

“It’s important we use every bit of material produced, particularly cotton which uses more water and pesticides in its production than any other fabric,” Ms. Jamie said.

“I’ll have handouts there on the day as well, about cotton and other important recycling information.”
This year’s symposium is themed “Challenging consumerism: The War on Waste” and will be held at the Cairns campus on April 11.

A clothes swap and Ms. Jamie’s free workshops will take place in the multifunction room of the Cairns Institute from 10am-3pm.

She will have patterns, four sewing machines and an overlocker on hand and has invited people to bring along clothes for altering and mending, as well as other garments and household items to be revamped.

The free JCU event will also feature a program of speakers, workshops, food, live music and stalls.

To register for the Sustainability Symposium & Fair next month, visit http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/2014SusSympFair