Sewing Rebellion Maneuvers: basic training for Faux Frau’s

Sewing Rebellion Maneuvers: basic training for future Faux Frau’s @ Haystack the Mountain School of Crafts

The time is now! Take up your sewing machines and hand sewing needles honoring the labor behind the label. Under the direction of Frau Fiber participants will undertake a series of basic sewing, mending and fashion hacking maneuvers with the intention of training and initiating participants to become Faux Frau’s*.  Learn to mend with contrasting colors, drawing attention to extend the life of the garments you wear.  Modify your clothing, turn your jeans into shorts when the knee holes get too big; turn your t-shirts into shopping bags; and an old table cloth into a skirt.  Keep a lookout for unwanted cloth and make yourself an apron, poncho or frisbee.  Be proud, share and wear your mended and self-made clothing with pride!


*   At the completion of this course you have the option of swearing into the order of the Faux Frau’s, and consider how to instigate a Sewing Rebellion in your own community.

Haystack class


November Training

Hello Faux Frau’s, we are launching our quarterly training on Sunday November 5, 2-5 pm PST @ the ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, LB CA or you can join us via Skype or Google Hangouts.

This training exercise will cover: November SR Modern Machen: Penny Pinching Bags,

and first quarter 2018 Sewing Rebellion activities:

January: Hunters Hat Knock Off.
Materials:  denim, heavy weight exterior fabric, plush, flannel, soft interior fabric.

February: T-shirt is the problem, chunky knitted circular scarf.
Materials: 3-4 t-shirts, US 50 to 70.

March: Triangle Shirt Waist up-cycle.

Materials: 1 men’s shirt.


June Training


Friday June 16, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave Long Beach, CA

IMG_2766.jpgSkill Level: Beginning, made from knit fabrics.  By Ms. Colette, New Orleans LA



Skill Level: Intermediate, complex pattern made from wovens fabric.  By Faux Frau Margaret.

March Training

In January at the Mend America show, Faux Frau Judith, conducted a Sock Puppet performance addressing constitutional law. That performance is the inspiration for our training this month. In preparation for April’s Sewing Rebellion, we will develop our Sock Puppet making skills, in hopes of generating moments of soft guerrilla disobedience through sock puppet public engagement.

Friday, March 10, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm, Ave. LB CA 90802
or email Frau Fiber to join via Skype.  Bring socks for puppet making.

Three new Faux Frau’s will take the oath, at 7 pm.  One in Boulder CO, and two in Long Beach.  New Faux Frau’s are asked to come prepared with their a slogan about Fast Fashion, Sewing, or mending.  You will be asked to create a patch, and uniform sash after your swearing in. 


Welcome New Faux Fraus:
Chantel (center), Long Beach

and in Boulder
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Janet (right)



Mariel, The Long Beach Center Faux Frau


Boulder and Long Beach Training:

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Faux Frau Judith animates her sock puppets: one from a sock and the other made from a fabric scrap.

Faux Frau Chantel and Laure animate their sock puppets, made from hand knitted and lonely socks.




February Training

In preparation for commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Triangle shirt waist fire, FF will learn how to make a shirtwaist blouse from a oversized men’s shirt.

Friday Feb. 17, 6:30-9:30 PM  hosted by Thank You For Coming and LA Faux Frau’s,  3416 Glendale Blvd, LA CA

Please join us via skype.

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Triangle Shirtwaist Hack: from men’s shirt to commemorative triangle shirt waist blouse.




Written instructions:

  1. put shirt on you or a dress form.
  2. Mark the cap of your shoulder, 2” below waist, hem and sleeve length.
  3. Remove collar from rise.
  4. Sew up rise.
  5. Remove sleeve
  6. Open shoulder 2” past shoulder cap mark
  7. Pleat front into back shoulder to mark
  8. Sew up shoulder. Now there should be two small pleats in the shoulder
  9. If needed take in side seam.
  10. cut hem
  11. turn and roll hem
  12. Cut a casing from hem scraps or other fabric  1 1/2″
  13. Sew the casing with top stitching at waist mark, all the way around, so casing opening match up at buttons.  The side with buttons gets set back about 1″ so the ties match up.
  14. cut and sew a tie from remaining scraps
  15. Using a safety put tie through casing
  16. Put the sleeves back on, they should fit nicely, adjust as needed.Triangle Blouse is finished.



From the LA Training: Faux Frau Lauren Models the shirtwaist she made, with Modern Modifications, and modeling the sample.




Long Beach Faux Frau Lauren and Future FF Chantel joined the training from Long Beach via Skype

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January Training

Mark your calendars trainings will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month, 6:30-9:30 pm PST, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.  You are welcome to attend via skype, google hangouts or FT.  Email FF to make arrangements.

In support of the Sewing Rebellions mission   The Faux Frau’s Friday training will prepare Faux Frau’s for next month’s Sewing Rebellion activities, as well as answer any questions you might have.

In January the Sewing Rebellion launched Good Not Goods   Looking back at the history of Labor and Protest as a model for how to be vigilant today.  January training launches Body Banners, wearable protests for everyday life: body banners and  sassy sashes for rallies, protests, and parades.  This will include a sewing element, and a stencil tutorial for quick lettering to let your voice be heard

Hope to see you there!

Yours in sewing and solidarity

Frau Fiber

October Training

Frau Frau Friday and Training

Friday Oct 14, 6:30-9:30 pm

In preparation for November Sewing Rebellion, using t-shirts as a natural resource, Faux Fraus will learn how to make kitchen Kovers for jars, bowls, and cups.  This project was inspired by covers Faux Frau Cythnia made for the Thank You for Coming CSA box in September.

If you have sewing or other textile questions, please forward them to


Training Sept. 24

This month training will include:

  • Special visit from a Representative from the The Center
  • Faux Frau Steven’s Apron
  • Jumpsuits
  • knock off production.
Friday Sept. 23, 6:30-9:30 pm @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA

If you are interested in becoming a Faux Frau email Frau @

Faux Frau’s are welcome to join us via skype