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Stitch It Yourself: Craft & Sew Your Own Summer Accessories with Factory Girls
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Stitch It Yourself: Craft & Sew Your Own Summer Accessories with Factory Girls

Spend a weekend afternoon giving your summer wardrobe an upgrade with a little DIY design. Cut and sew your own vintage fabric clutch or beach kaftan with a hands-on workshop led by Atlanta’s very own Factory Girls.

What To Expect

  • A hands-on workshop in accessory design and construction, led by ATL's Factory Girls
  • Craft a clutch using upcycled vintage fabrics from Factory Girls' personal stash (see class times below)
  • Or, cut and sew your own beach kaftan with your choice of fabric (see class times below)
  • A complimentary mimosa or glass of wine to get you in the craftin' mood
  • A one-of-a-kind haute couture accessory to up your summer style game

Scout Notes

If you’re still looking at sweaters and scarves in your closet, then you’re a little behind on transitioning to a more seasonally appropriate wardrobe. Indeed, we’ve already had a few warm days in Atlanta that signal the return of that treacherous Southern summer heat & humidity combo, and stepping outside in anything of the “long sleeve” or “heavy knit” variety would be laughable. Painful, even. As you begin to pack away those winter staples and pull forward all of your shorts and swimsuits and sandals, don’t forget that your summer accessories are going to need an update, too. Is that purse you’ve been carrying around for the past six months going to pair well with your summer pieces and color palettes? How are you gonna hit the beach without a suitable beach wrap?

Before you head to the mall on Saturday afternoon (which can be as equally terrifying as the ATL summer heat), we’d like to suggest that you head straight to the Factory Girls. No, Factory Girls isn’t the name of the latest and greatest in-town boutique; they’re Atlanta’s very own fashion incubator. When the Girls got started in 2012, they had a simple mission: to help foster our city’s oft-neglected fashion industry. For too long have cities like New York, Paris and Milan drawn in the best and brightest fashion talent from around the globe and left the rest of us in a designer drought. As a city, we’ve been exceptionally successful in building our art, music, film and culinary communities, and the Factory Girls felt it was time we do the same for fashion. Their Westside operation helps emerging designers by giving them access to resources that are otherwise scarce in the 404, such as skilled seamstresses, fabric sourcing, and retail business support. Since launching, they’ve also expanded their services to help those of us who are far less established, offering tutorials and classes for the Fashion 101-ers and the Crafting Curious who want to learn the very basics around apparel and accessory design.

The Factory Girls are kicking off the summer with three unique instructional sessions in sewing and stitching. In their first two classes, you’ll learn how to make your own clutch using vintage fabrics from the Factory Girls’ own private stash. In the third class, you’ll cut and sew your own beach kaftan from a selection of lightweight, summer-ready fabrics. Saturday sessions will kick-off with a mimosa and Sunday sessions come with a complimentary glass of wine because, just like the one-of-a-kind accessory that you’ll be creating, this educational experience will be truly stylish.

Upcycled Vintage Fabric Envelope Clutch
• Sat. May 14, 1-4 p.m.
• Sat. May 21, 1-4 p.m.
complimentary mimosa served in both classes

Upcycled Vintage Fabric Zip Clutch
• Sat. June 4, 1-4 p.m.
• Sat. June 11, 1-4 p.m.
complimentary mimosa served in both classes

Beach Kaftan
• Sun. May 15, 3-6 p.m.
• Sun. May 22, 3-6 p.m.
• Sun. June 5, 3-6 p.m.
• Sun. June 12, 3-6 p.m.
complimentary glass of wine served in all kaftan classes

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