Winsome Workshops

WORKSHOPS

The level at which I am excited to launch our Workshops is comparable with excitement I felt when buying a house, taking a month long vacation, and adopting a puppy. It’s something that just feels right.. I said it to my team and I’ll say it here, I feel like I’ve found my calling.

Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been exploring workshops through many avenues, all over the US, initially partnering with a dear friend Emily of Abraham Label to create a workshop on Sustainable and Ethical Fashion. Workshops have ranged from all-day events to hour long presentations. I’ve learned so much through these experiences, particularly about what gets people interested, how long the attention span is and how to best communicate skills and knowledge. However, I always felt limited in the tools and resources I was able to bring with me. Clothing design and production is very tool oriented. There is a specialize machine or tool for almost every task you can think of. Which is why I’m excited to finally bring workshops in-house, where I’ll not only be able to cover broader topics, but will be able to get more technical and specialized working with all of the tools and machinery at our disposal.

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The purpose of these workshops is to to provide a casual, friendly environment to try a new skill or further your existing knowledge of the clothing, creative and manufacturing industries. I want to offer something for the slightly interested as well as the always-learning professional. These workshops are created to be a place to revive this dying art of sewing and clothing production with a modern and sustainable approach.

We launch today with five courses: Intro to Sewing, How to Sew the Marcel Tank, Alterations and Repairs, How to Repurpose Fabric Scraps, and Seams, Hems and Finishes. More Workshops to come including but not limited to, How to Shop Vintage, and more experienced level workshop, Pattern Making. All materials are provided in each class and are included in the class fee. Read about each workshop bellow and follow the links to see available workshop dates and times. I sincerely hope to see you at a Winsome Workshop soon.

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INTRO TO SEWING

This is a beginner level course designed for anyone curious in taking the first step in sewing. Do you like the idea of hemming your own dresses but don’t know what bobbin thread is? Do you own a sewing machine but have never threaded it?

In this class we will gingerly cover the very basics of sewing with a home sewing machine. We will learn about the commonly used components of the machine, its stitch functions and the beginning applications of sewing fabric. At the end of the class you will know how to set up your machine, dial in your settings and sew simple stitches.

This is a 6 hour course // $100 // Taught by Winsome Founder, Kathryn Sterner.

HOW TO SEW THE MARCELL TANK

This is a moderate level course designed for anyone interested in learning the construction of this classic Winsome garment. To get the most out of this class, it’s recommended that you have a working understanding of the home sewing machine (sign up for the Intro to the Home Sewing Machine Class, if you need this background).

In this class we will walk step-by-step through the process of sewing the Marcell tank start to finish. Create a garment for yourself or someone else, you can select from sizes XS-XXXL in colors ivory or black. At the end of this course you will have the basic understanding of the anatomy of the Marcell tank, construction techniques to apply to other projects (seam finishes, binding, rolled hem),  and a garment of your own to keep.

This is a 3 hour course // $100 // Taught by Winsome Founder, Kathryn Sterner.

ALTERATIONS AND REPAIRS

This is a beginner to moderate level course designed for anyone interested in altering, tailoring or repairing their own clothing. To get the most out of this class, it’s recommended that you have a basic understanding of the home sewing machine (sign up for the Intro to the Home Sewing Machine Class, if you need this background)

In this class we will walk though some of the most common clothing alterations and learn the skills to modify or repair your own clothing. These skills can help you adjust or repair the clothing you already own, and provide you with the freedom to better shop vintage, thrift or second hand. At the end of this course you will compile all of your repair examples into a take-home book to use as reference for future projects.

This is a 6 hour course // $100 // Taught by Winsome Founder, Kathryn Sterner and Apparel Design Educator, Lindsey Strange

HOW TO REPURPOSE TEXTILE SCRAPS

This is a class for all, no experience necessary, all levels of experience welcome. Spend a casual, fun eventing in the Winsome studio learning how to repurpose textiles scraps to create new fabric. At the end of this course you will have the skills to make new items from used textiles around your home as well as a fabric scrap card holder to keep.

This is a 3 hour course // $60 // Taught by Winsome Founder, Kathryn Sterner.

SEAMS, HEMS AND FINISHES

This is a moderate level course designed for those who’d like to further their sewing skills. There are so many possibilities for making the inside of a garment just as beautiful as the outside, even when a serger is not available. In this class we will explore the many possibilities of finishing seams, hems and openings.  We’ll practice these techniques, as well as discuss the appropriate uses and applications for each method.. At the end of this course you will compile all of these examples into a take-home book to use as reference for future projects.

his is a 6 hour course // $100 // Taught by Winsome Founder, Kathryn Sterner.

Winsome Fall/Winter 2018 + Illustration Project

 The Adelaide top, Photographed by Colin Simmons

The Adelaide top, Photographed by Colin Simmons

Here it is: the twice yearly collection release. Fall/Winter 2018 in all of its wool, cotton and silk glory. This collection has enough pockets to negate a purse and so many ways to wear that I may just take a break from my regular closet and see if it is just possible to survive off of these few items alone.

 The Nina Top, Photographed by Colin Simmons

The Nina Top, Photographed by Colin Simmons

Like each Winsome collection, these styles are rooted in traditional silhouettes while stretching expected boundaries in the sometimes not-so-subtle details. This collection drew heavily from vintage clothing and patterning books. I became particular fascinated with a 1950's wedding dress design book and some details are explicitly pulled from this source (the Adelaide sleeve for instance). 

The less sophisticated inspiration came from my decreasing desire to often carry a purse or bag. The result: more pockets and variety in pockets. Some of these styles take advantage of the unused real estate on the back of the garment (take a look at the Leon and the Ines). 

 The Leon Jacket, photographed by Colin Simmons

The Leon Jacket, photographed by Colin Simmons

But in addition to these 14 cozy styles, we at Winsome decided to approach the launch of the collection a little differently. We tasked four illustrators: Natalie Johnson, Nori Norbhu, Holly Stapleton, and Kate Worum, with illustrating pieces from our collection, each in their own style, each worn by their vision of an influential female. 

 The Nina top Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Natalie Johnson

The Nina top Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Natalie Johnson

I knew this illustration project was going to be exciting and inspiring, but I was surprised by how personally motivating it was.

I'm a creative, and like many creatives it's often difficult to relinquish the creative control over a design or artwork.  It's challenging to not infuse your own ideas or aesthetics in order to tailor the product into your personal, ideal vision.

This project requited a new level of trust that I have not been forced to have in previous work, trust in our artists, trust in my team, and trust in the complicated and unique artistic process. Moreover, as a professional female, I sometimes find myself torn and confused over how often I should have all the answers. Because we are in a time where we are fighting to play one the same field, fighting to be heard, fighting for our freedom to feel less apologetic. So when I don’t have the answers I find myself somewhat afraid. Not afraid to voice the knowledge and ideas that I have, but instead I am afraid of not having the knowledge or ideas to begin with. I’m afraid that not having that somehow voids my seat at the table or participation in this important battle of equality. 

And this season, there were moments that I just didn’t have it.  I didn’t have the time, I didn’t have the energy, I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have all the ideas. And I’m slowly learning that there is no better time than these times to lean on, and put trust in, others.

 The Edith top Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Holly Stapleton

The Edith top Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Holly Stapleton

This project help reiterate why outside perspective is so important and that it can be incredibly inspiring to reach outside our comfort zone. Through illustration instead of photography alone we were able to see how others envision our collection. If location and physical realities were no boundary, what do people imagine? Who is wearing our clothing? What does a collaboration look like when it’s not actively curated? Instead of searching for similar aesthetics, we found a diverse range of female illustrators to depict our garments in anyway they wished.

And WOW, I’m so glad.

 The Marion Pullover Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Nori Norbhu

The Marion Pullover Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Nori Norbhu

Prints of these illustrations are available for sale here. 

100% of profits from these prints are donated to the Emergency Migrant Fund located here in Minneapolis. This fund is particularly important to us as it is currently helping one of our own, Marcia, our production manager. Marcia, and her family recently took in a family who escaped gang violence in Honduras, and this Emergency Migrant fund is supporting her family and situation. This fund helps them, as well as future families providing for refugee families, get back on their feet and start a new and safe life here in the United States by supplying them groceries, school supplies, clothing, and many other important necessities, as they came here with nothing. A full article about this story is posted here

 The Ines Jacket/Dress Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Kate Worum

The Ines Jacket/Dress Photographed by Colin Simmons, Illustrated by Kate Worum

WIN X WEL Collaboration

 Photo by Erin Pederson

Photo by Erin Pederson

When your talented, successful, beautiful friend comes to you and says "let's collaborate", the obvious answer is "yes" and the most logical thing to do is to get started right away and do everything in your power to make it happen. OR if you are ME, what you do instead is to freak out a little, let the weight of life's problems get you down and work yourself into an anxiety induced frenzy until it's a f*cking miracle that your talented, successful, beautiful friend of yours still wants to work with you. 

 The Cella Top and Ida Pant captured by Erin Pederson

The Cella Top and Ida Pant captured by Erin Pederson

Luckily Madelynn Furlong was that friend that stuck through until the very end, helping to create, and honestly being the backbone necessary for this beautiful collection that needed to come to life.

 The Iris Dress captured by Erin Pederson

The Iris Dress captured by Erin Pederson

Originally inspired by the powerful Georgia O'Keeffe, this collection got it's start from the immaculate taste and androgynous style of the remarkable artist. We wanted to focus on the vintage shapes and curious details of the artist's personal wardrobe, while incorporating the necessary versatility and utilitarian structure that remains so important in modern style. 

 The Jimson top captured by Erin Pederson

The Jimson top captured by Erin Pederson

But of course, as nothing ever goes to plan, what we thought would be a few evenings of sketching bliss with a bit of wine turned into 1 year, 3 moves, 2 states, working long distance and much, much wine.

As our unique and true process took form, so did the collection. We had time to reflect and refine. We grew a little as individuals and so did our ideas. Our original inspiration budded into a thoughtful, intentional collection, melding the styles of both of our personalities. We found ways to play on each other's strengths.

 The Eliot Set captured by Erin Pederson

The Eliot Set captured by Erin Pederson

This true experience culminated into this special, compact collection of 5 pieces. All made from either silk or cotton, each item features buttons, pleats, tucks, pockets and many hidden details that make each garment an experience to own and wear. 

Every garment is made-to-order. Find more information on each piece and shop the collection HERE.

 The Cella Top captured by Erin Pederson

The Cella Top captured by Erin Pederson

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Find more information on each piece and shop the collection HERE.