Hey my loved ones, hope you had a vintastic and probably creative weekend. The weather in Berlin was great. Perfect for different kind of activities. A day at the lake, or probably a BBQ had been great for me as well. I guess I would have combined it if I hadn’t chosen a workshop weeks ago.
This Sunday I joined a creative afternoon for a sewing and design workshop at Feine Schnitte here in Berlin. I was excited to start a new creative project and create something on my own again, which I haven’t done for a long time now. Really interesting fabrics or patterns I hadn’t at home, so I decided to go there without any ideas for a project and see what Kelly, the designer at Feine Schnitte, would suggest.
We had been three girls, including me, who had been warmly welcomed by Kelly in her studio. Prepared with tea and coffee we started the workshop in her studio, which is actually her apartment, so you always feel like invited by a good friend. I personally feel very comfortable in her very private studio because I don’t feel that strained.
Work in progress
Work in progress
Our ideas for the workshop had been totally different. While I had no idea what I wanna do, the other girls had been at one of Kelly’s workshops before, so they had started different projects already. One of these project had been continued this day, a french knicker. If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry, I’ve asked for it, I guess, more than three times to understand what they were talking about. A french knicker is a girls boxer shorts of the 1940s. If you wanna have some impressions just click here and you’ll get loads of pictures for it. A really cute satin shorts with a lace edging. I really like it, would have been a project for me as well, probably some new nightwear.
The next project had been a sixties inspired Etui dress with pockets, without a pattern to a pattern, she had really fast results. Certainly to finish a project is an ambitious plan in 5 hours, but here you could see a nice progress. I really hope she will show us once the finished dress. Probably she will post it below the article? 😉 Same with the french knicker.
The most important part of sewing
Just a few steps to go until it is a dress
From the picture to the pattern
Than it was my turn. What will i do? Any ideas? I sat a while next to the other girls, just watching them starting their projects, as I thought about, that a day at the lake would have been a more productive thing today… and there it was… the idea! Inspired by the great weather, I remembered a few pictures of 40s beachwear from old magazines I found shortly on Google. Pretty good thing that we girls always carry our smartphones with us, so it was soon done to check what I found a few days ago. Enchanting crop tops with perfectly fitting shorts and skirts, with and without sleeves. So that’s what it should be, a 40s inspired crop top with short sleeves.
Here you’ll see the picture, which inspired me and had been the base for my own pattern:
Let’s go, prepared with paper and pencil, I had to identify each piece of the top. And I need to tell you, that I’ve sewed a few pieces before, but I’ve never created an own patter. That was totally new for me. So… sleeve, back, front… hmm, what about the bow, is it a part of the front or a single piece?
Ouch! – Not without maths
It was hard brain work, but, actually I think I haven’t done that bad work in the end. At least I had some sketches of sewing pattern on the paper and how I guessed, the bow was a part of the front piece. Kelly explained pretty well, where we have to take care of and how we need to think about the things to get the right result. Than I had to measure myself, I guess I probably looked like a cat try to catch it’s own tail. Nevertheless I had more success. Matching the right measures with the parts of the pattern and – Voilá – time to continue. To continue with more measures and maths. But don’t worry, if you ever wanna do this as well, if I can handle it, you can as well. Now there was the time to bring the pattern on the foil, or better, half of a trash bag. 😉 Trash bags are actually pretty good to copy from other patterns or already sewed pieces, just follow the seam and you have less work with measurements or crazy maths.
The result of my afternoon doesn’t seem so fancy, but I’m very proud of my individual pattern on foil.
Selfmade sewing pattern
Still in progress
For more wasn’t enough time, and additionally I wouldn’t have had the right fabric to keep on going. But I promise, I’ll show you the top as soon as I get it done. Otherwise I could just join one of Kelly’s workshops again. It had been so much fun to be creative once more and to watch the other girls sketching, snipping and sewing there projects.
Here you’ll always get creative, seeing all these projects in the studio Kelly is working on, just like an original 40s dress which was on the tailor’s dummy. Such a piece of sugar. Don’t fall in love with – With vintage / vintage inspired fashion it’s always hard for me, isn’t it for you?
Which kinda projects would you have done at Kelly’s Feine Schnitte studio? Or do you work already on something? I would love to here about your ideas and projects and also about your experiences with own created patterns.