Radical Fit Fashions for Teens: Online Tutorials and More Through May 2021

Calling all teens interested in fashion and upcycling your clothes! Tired of the same old TikTok tutorials?

Radical Fit, a Chicago Public Library YOUmedia program in partnership with Sky Cubacub of Rebirth Garments, launches in October and extends through May 2021. Over the next eight months, we'll offer fun fashion-making events with a special focus on gender identity and equity. Online events feature both amateur and expert designers providing tutorials on a range of projects, including "no-sew" making to more advanced creations such as pattern making and chain mail.

Fashion Programs and Beyond

Stay posted for online events related to fashion, style, accessories and more. Each month follows a different theme to build skills in fashion.

October and November: Style Without Stitching

What to look for:

  • costume tutorials for Chicago’s Halloweek
  • simple tutorials that allow you to create (with no sewing at all!)
  • simple stitching and cutting techniques, and much more

December and January: DIY Doubletake

What to look for:

  • how to embellish, dye and decorate
  • how to alter clothes and upcycle
  • Starting in January, grab & go kits at selected branches
  • sewing basics, skill building and much more

February and March: Fashion Fundamentals

What to look for:

  • more advanced sewing projects
  • entrepreneurship, careers in fashion and much more

April and May: Accessories and Beyond

What to look for:

  • how to create accessories
  • nail art and tattoo art
  • makeup and hair design, and much more

Radical Fit is funded through Project Next Generation, an educational technology initiative of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.