Radical Fit, Fashions for Teens Launches October 2020 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 will feature fun fashion-making programs with a special focus on gender identity and equity. Virtual programs will 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 chainmail. 

Fashion Programs and Beyond

Stay posted each month for virtual programs related to fashion, style, accessories and more. Throughout the series, each month will follow a different theme of programming to build skills in fashion:

October & November: Style without Stitching

What to look for:

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

December & January: DIY Doubletake

What to look for:

  • how to embellish, dye and decorate
  • how to alter clothes and up-cycle
  • Starting in January, Grab & Go kits at select branches
  • sewing basics and skill building and much more!

February & March: Fashion Fundamentals

What to look for:

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

April & May: Accessories & Beyond

What to look for:

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

What are you excited to create?

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