Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

It did take us a little longer than expected but our second Girls In Crisis project took place last Sunday and we had the chance to meet the mum and daughter behind the brand Koumpaki and have our first sewing lesson.
Let’s take things from the beginning, though. I have been trying to convince La Grèce J’aime that in order to become experienced crafters we need to start from basics, which means a sewing project! Why? Because no matter how easy the contestants at Project Runway make it look, crafting and DIY is not as easy as it seems. Using a sewing machine needs patience, skill, and as much practice as you can get.

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

Looking for the right person to teach us basic rules of sewing, we decided to ask for the help of Irene and Ms Artemis, owners of Koumpaki, which is a Greek brand now making its first steps in crafted goodies. Those of you living in Greece might have already come across the beautiful retro shop of Irene. What really impressed us about Koumpaki is that behind its girly velvet bags is Irene’s mum Ms Artemis. Ms Artemis is an original crafter who decided to break away from routine by learning on her own how to sew and create bags turning her hobby into bags that girls love carrying around. Doesn’t that sound exactly like what Girls In Crisis are trying to do?

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aimeLast Sunday morning with the help of hot coffee and orange cake we made (or at least tried) Christmas dessous des plats! Well, to be honest with you we as complete amateurs realized that dessous des plats are so underestimated! Before Sunday we thought making one was as easy as cutting a square piece of fabric but with the help of Ms Artemis we now see this small piece of fabric decorating our tables from a different angle! For complete beginners like us, the whole thing is going to take you about 40 minutes to make and the process includes measuring, marking & cutting the fabric, pinning, stitching, sewing and decorating your creation.

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

After about an hour (yes, we took our time giggling, chatting and drinking coffee and tea) we all had 10 fingers in our hands, Ms Artemis’ sewing machine is still working, the cake reached our bellies and our mums have proudly set our dessous des plats on their Christmas tables!

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

So, what are you waiting for girls? Take out your mum’s sewing machine and make your Christmas decorations! We are already working on our next Girls In Crisis Project…could it be something about beautifying our hair?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sewing lessons for girls in crisis at la grece j'aime

 

PS Girls in Crisis for the Sewing Project are: Danae Akkerman from I Mikri Ollandeza, Georgia from Cats Love Athens, Dimitra, Olga, Stellina from Lorelai’s Things, Nora, Sophia and of course Irene and Ms Artemis from our beloved Koumpaki!