Two and a half years ago, I attended a calligraphy workshop that was co-hosted by New Old Fashioned and The Hive Studio and loved how an otherwise simple learning experience was turned into an event via gift bags, drinks, photo booth, and sweets and treats. It’s the same reason I loved Bri Emery’s Blogshop, which I attended two years prior. Anna, the owner of New Old Fashioned, and I met shortly after that class to discuss how we could collaborate on a sewing workshop. Going into that brainstorm session, I had in mind a general home ec class, possibly a class on tailoring? When I showed her what I had been made most recently – Amber Rosalind – her eyes opened wide. Why not host a bra making workshop? Bingo.
Anna and co-hosted the first workshop in February, and I can’t believe that last Saturday marked numero 3. It still astounds me that I sell tickets; I was shocked when all 4 sessions for 2015 sold out. I mean, I love bra making, but I thought I was the weirdo. Turns out, other women like bra making too. Phew! I’m not the only one!
Last week was a whirlwind. I spent every day before and after work prepping – organizing goodie bags, cutting fabric, sweeping and vacuuming, cutting each person’s pattern, sweeping and vacuuming, setting up the machines, sweeping and vacuuming. What? I hate dirty floors! By Friday evening, I was equal parts exhausted and pumped.
Each session brings different students and personalities. This group was the most social. Right off the bat, they wanted to get to know each other. There were a few celebrity attendees – Julie of Dear Kates and Lauren of Lauren of The Constitution of Lauren. The celebrity appearance to top them all was my grandma. I texted my grandpa the morning of and he decided to drop by with my favorite lady, Mimi. She’s an inspiring woman. Even at her age, she is full of life.
The rest of the class progressed smoothly. After cutting and assembling the cups and the band, we enjoyed a catered lunch by Pure Fare while Kelly from The Parlour gave a mini herbal workshop (each student left with an all natural face mist – just one of the many accouterments). Around 4:30 PM, the class got quiet and I could tell that their energy and concentration were fading. They trooped through it though and encouraged each other to finish the last steps – assembling and attaching the straps and then sewing the hooks and eyes. When they finished, each tried on their new me-made bras. It’s is SUCH a great feeling to see their face light up with excitement. It made my day.
There is one more session this year on November 7 and I already can’t wait. For the most part, the class will be the same, but I have a few surprises up my sleeve to freshen it up. Stay tuned!
Also, I am in the beginning stages of planning workshops for 2016. I’ll keep the dates, focus and places under wraps for now, but let’s just say I’ll be traveling to some other cities!
A huge thank you goes out to the sponsors listed below who made the workshop possible. I also want to give a special thank you to my new intern, Katie. She just came on board and she helped me tremendously to get all the odds and ends for Saturday’s class. Your rock girl!
Catering: Pure Fare
Photography and Florals: Bekuh Browning
Chocolates (for swag bag): John and Kira’s Chocolates
Bra notions: Bra Making Supplies by Arte Crafts
Signage: Meredith Langer
Mini Herbal Workshop: The Parlour
Lingerie Discount (for swag bag): Dear Kate
You can check out more fun we had on Instagram: #bramakingwithmadalynne