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.