Introduction to Sewing & Indigo Dyeing

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$300.00 SGD
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Duration :
90-100 mins 

Conducted by :
Felix Nai | Good Riddance & Vanessa Seow | Vansewying

Meet Felix. Ex-aspiring fashion designer, ex-steward, ex-military officer and now, indigo dye practitioner extraordinaire. It's been two years of honing his skills with Watanabe’s, an indigo dye haven in Tokushima Prefecture (Japan), and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. In fact, his next step is to spread the wonders of the dye, and to foster the importance of the environment and sustainability. 

Meet Van. A designer by day and maker by night. Founder of Vansewying, Van customises fabric products, and reconstructs defected goods into purposeful products. She aims to use sewing as a tool to connect consumers and creators through the narrative of fabric and creation process.
‘Every printed illustration, pattern, and the tactility of fabrics has a narrative — A tradition, beliefs, protest, a memory, an event, or a dream.’
With a background as a sewing instructor and maker in a textile production studio, Van is excited to share an effective construction of an everyday product, a mask with simple sewing techniques.

Location :
The Refinery Workspace (115 King George's Ave #03-02)

Description :

An indigo dyer and a mask-maker are coming together to bring you an experience of customising your own mask and to give your used mask a new life. 

A. Customise a protective reusable face mask – Basic Sewing

  • Choose a fabric of your preference from a range of solid colours and prints.
  • Alter the mask pattern to your size
  • Construct and sew a mask

We will provide an introduction to basic machine sewing and guide you in the process. 

B. Bring your used mask and give it a new life – Natural Indigo Dyeing

You may choose to dye an old mask or the mask that you made. 

Are your masks experiencing signs of ageing – Make up stains, colour-run or food stains? Don’t get rid of them yet! Bring a used mask to this workshop and give it a second life.
Note that all used masks have to be well laundered before dyeing.

Join us to create your own mask that tells a story!


Sequence of Events

  • Introduction to Japanese natural indigo dyeing
  • Introduction to Basic sewing techniques 
  • Construction and sewing process
  • Dyeing process
  • Finishing with mask accessories 

Masks designed by Vansewying 
Indigo dye vat by Good Riddance (SG)/ Watanabe’s (Japan)

The 3-layer mask includes:

1. The outer layer – a fabric of your choice.
Upon registering for the workshop, we will contact you to select your fabric in advance. Check out some of the fabric designs here.

2. A protective layer – Spunbond polypropene that is water-resistant and washable. 

3. The inner material is 100% cotton.

Mask accessories: Double-wired nose support and elastic straps. 

All tools, materials are provided and no prior knowledge is required. 
Families are welcomed! The use of machine sewing will be suitable for children age 7 years & above.

To reduce social interaction between strangers during the session, workshop slots would be sold by time slots.  

    • 3 pax: $300 per group
    • 4 pax: $360 per group
    • 5 pax : $405 per group

Workshop Schedule :
3 APRIL – 12PM, 1PM

Please indicate preferred date and time in the 'Notes' section upon checkout. Note that slots are by first-come-first-serve basis!


Attire : 

Aprons will be provided for the workshop. Participants are recommended to come in an attire which they do not mind having accidental stains.
Stained blue hands are proof that the vat is natural and safe to touch with our own bare hands. They wash off in a couple of days but nails may remain stained for a longer period of time. Participants may opt to dye with gloves (provided) on.


Please Read! 
In order to ensure that our premises comply with the government's recommendations for safe reopening, we are keeping it at a maximum of 8 pax for each session and all studio users must comply with the following:⁣

  1. Check in and out using the SafeEntry check-in system posted at the studio entrance.⁣
  2. ⁣Compulsory temperature check upon entry.⁣
  3. ⁣Wear masks at all times.⁣

We ask that you refrain from attending this upcoming workshop session if;

  1. You have travelled in the last 14 days.
  2. You are feeling unwell.
  3. You have had a fever of 37.5ºC or higher.

A refund of 50% of the workshop fee will be issued for all the cancellations made in writing and received less than 7 days prior to the workshop date. 

Cancellation for your slot for this workshop due to any COVID-19 related reasons would only be allowed full refund at our own discretion on a case-by-case basis.

No refunds or credits will be issued for No Shows on the day of the workshop.