Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Frankenshirt Day

If you did not already know, I am finally learning to sew beyond a straight line. I bought my very first sewing machine to make my norens and thanks to sewing lessons from Joann's sewing natzis, who I love because I learn more, everything finally makes sense (Kevin take the class!). I learned from my grandmas, who I also loved dearly, but they were informal and always just maybe ended up doing it for me rather than with me.
These are shots from the workshop I signed up for at the MOCA in affiliation with the Skin + Bones exhibit (hurry! it ends in 2 weeks!) led by Honey Jernquist and Lucy Karanfilian (San Francisco–based designers) this past Saturday. It was a 6 hour day of walking the show; lunch; getting quick lesson about insertions (top image), various pleats (second image), darts and pattern making; and then deconstructing two exhisting striped or plaid (because they are also used as a grid) shirts and morphing them into very own Frankenshirts!
The key was NOT to be pretty, but experimental like many of the designers in the show. My Frankenshirt is below. Remember, not pretty... I added insertions on the sleeves and then tacked them together to create this poufy pleat thing. Also did some weird stuff to the collar. I loved that in addition to sewing machines, we could use tacky glue and staplers to save time and just create in a free form Frank Ghery crumpled paper sort of way.


lori said...

Wow, that sounds like a super interesting workshop. I wish I had been more on the ball and found out about it before it happened! It looks like you learned how to make some interesting shapes and structures.

Cheri said...

Hi, I just discovered your blog, it's great. I was at the workshop too!
Here is a link to my frankenshirt:
I'm a freelance designer here's a link to my blog: