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Couture femmes

Call for applications
closed on 02/29/2024

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd edition of the ASBL's socio-professional project: the HEART'IST WOMEN'S Factory; a free annual training program in zero waste sewing, for the benefit of six Ixelles women in precarious situations.

Mission & objectives :

The main mission is to transmit to this group of six women, real know-how in the field of sewing focused on “zero waste & upcycling”, in order to:

  • contribute to their socio-cultural integration. This project will be an opportunity for them to have a meeting space in which they can exchange ideas while practicing the French language. All this while giving them free access to a creative activity which is an excellent medium through which they can express their uniqueness and explore their creative talents.

  • promote their economic emancipation. The training program aims to transmit to them know-how which they can then develop and transform into a professional outlet.


Context & eligibility criteria :

Supported and subsidized by the Municipality of Ixelles, this project is part of the Matongray 2.2 call for projects initiated by the Municipality's Urban Renovation Department; an action which aims to facilitate the realization of socio-cultural projects favoring the inclusion of vulnerable populations in the neighborhoods between Matongé and rue Gray or in the urban renewal zone.

La Fabrique des FEMMES HEART'istes is aimed at women, aged at least 18, residing in Ixelles -Nord , being either housewives, unemployed, new arrivals or on low income, with an interest in learning to sewing.

Project progress & timetable :


Anyone interested and meeting the eligibility criteria can send their application via the online form, available by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page, no later than February 29, 2024.

Once the applications have been received, the non-profit organization will hold meetings with the candidates in order to make a selection based on the criteria of eligibility, motivation and commitment over the duration of the training.


The training program will begin in March and continue until December, with a 3-hour workshop each week (excluding school holiday periods). Participants will learn the basics of machine sewing then learn how to make various zero-waste textile creations, ranging from accessories, clothing, and interior decoration, using only recycled or old fabrics. clothes.


Finally, to end this project in style, the non-profit organization will organize, in December, a public event which will exhibit the creations made by the participants; The opportunity for them to highlight and highlight their creative talent and acquired know-how.


With the support of the Mayor of Ixelles, the Alderman for Urban Renovation, and members of the Ixelles Municipal Council. As part of the City Policy, and with the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.

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