Wear and Tear and Make and Wear, hosted by Eugene Tan 

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

Liberate yourself — From old clothes, from design, from the tyranny of craftsmanship!

Led by intuition, you will make totally new, as yet wholly undefined, garments out of used clothing. With a few basic, easy to understand principles and simple techniques, you will make clothes that you will commit to being proud of.

Never thought you would wear something you made? GREAT! You’re walking out of the class wearing your new creation!

Age advisory: Participants should be able to handle scissors, pins and needles on their own with average dexterity. Participants should also be comfortable around people in their underwear. 

Ability advisory: The class is on the third floor of an old building with no elevators. Participants will also need to be able to sit on the floor, squat or kneel.



Please bring 5 varied pieces of old clothing, freshly laundered, ironed or steamed if creased.

These pieces of clothing should not match, can be your size or not (it does not matter), should include some pieces with pattern or print, should not be stained, torn or otherwise unwearable.

Any available sewing notions or tools such as scissors, pins, needles and thread, measuring tape, rulers, elastic, sewing machines, large safety pins, etc.

Make sure you are wearing separates that:

  1. You are comfortable bending and sitting on the floor in
  2. That are NOT valuable to you.

Make sure that you are wearing under-layers that you do not mind being seen in by the group.


About Eugene Tan

Eugene Tan works in drag performance, costume design, creative production and LGBT organizing. You may have seen him around town in drag as Becca D’Bus, or out of drag in some garment you’ve wondered about. He makes most of his own clothing. His approach to clothing creation is intuitive and improvisational, almost never based on paper patterns and not particularly interested in gender codes.


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.


Help keep the pantry at the T Project, Singapore’s only shelter for transgender people, stocked.
Necessary supplies include:

  • Bags of 3-in-1 coffee mix
  • Tins of Milo
  • Tins or packages of biscuits
  • Canned food items that do not contain pork

PLEASE be as generous as you can afford


Saturday, 19 November 2016

2pm - 6pm

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