About

Wieder & Wider (Again & Against) is a project looking for sustainable approaches to fashion through creative use and reuse of resources.

SUSTAINABLE SEWING CLASSES

We offer sewing classes in English that teach you the sewing skills and the understanding of clothes making needed to create your own classic pieces and to repair, restyle or upcycle the clothes already found in your closet.

We believe than once you get introduced to sewing, a new world of creative possibilities opens up in front of you. Your clothes are no longer easily disposable objects, but rather a playground for new ideas. What you no longer like you can reinvent, what is broken you can repair, with what is unused you can recreate. In this process, your relationship to clothing becomes more intimate – you can understand clothes in more detail, you can recognize fabrics and sewing quality. And to every piece you create, repair or upcycle, you add a little part of yourself.

Our mission is to retie the relationship between us and our clothing. We want us all to choose clothes with the same care we would choose a partner. Because clothes are our second skin, our allies in the busy and demanding times we live. And just like in a love relationship, once boredom sets in, we wouldn’t dump our partner, bur rather work on reinventing the relationship and ourselves. And in the end, that is much more rewarding and meaningful than always hunting for the new, perfect match. Because with people, as with clothing, the beauty lies in rediscovering ourselves through the other.

THE FABRICS WE WORK WITH

  • small organic pieces of leftover fabrics, which usually cannot be used by bigger designers and producers;
  • small pieces of fabric procured from flea markets or brought by you;
  • curtains, bed covers, tablecloths which because of small damage cannot be used as initially intended – instead, we cut and reuse them for clothes & accessories;
  • second hand clothes in perfect condition, considered out of fashion or discarded because the owners don’t feel like wearing them anymore.

WHO IS GUIDING YOU

Cristina Tatar, Tailor & Sewing Trainer

Cristina was trained as a women’s tailor at Salomeia Truta Fashion Institute in Bucharest. She also took an intensive preparatory course in Draping & Creative Construction at the Akademie Mode & Design in Berlin. After completing her studies, she worked in custom tailoring, adjustments & upcycling services, as well as a project-based assistant for KUOTURE.

Before dedicating herself to sewing, Cristina has worked in advertising – this experience shifted her perspective towards sustainability in fashion and life in general.

At the moment, Cristina is based in Berlin, working full time for Wieder & Wider, while also developing zero waste sewing patterns and a line of upcycled & sustainable clothing.