A group of tailors of varying experience transformed their Christmas jumpers and learnt some valuable new skills at a free ‘upcycling’ session.

The sixteen people attended a festive sewing workshop in Harrow run by Love Your Clothes, which promotes sustainable fashion in the capital.

They got the chance to redesign their Christmas jumpers from previous years to show that it isn’t always necessary to buy a new one every Advent.

Ali Moore, from Love Your Clothes London, said: “An estimated £30bn worth of UK clothing gathers dust in our wardrobes every year because we don't wear it.

“Rather than buying new Christmas jumpers and party outfits which may only be worn once and then thrown away, we’re encouraging Londoners to upcycle last year’s Christmas jumpers.

“By coming along to these fun workshops, they can come away with not only a truly unique item of clothing, but also feeling inspired to support more sustainable fashion.

“The festive season can be a time of excess and waste, but we want to show people how simple and cheap changes can really make a huge difference to their wardrobes and the environment.”

As well as jazzing up their Christmas clothing, attendees developed and refreshed a number of their basic sewing skills, utilising a combination of hand and machine techniques.