Kristen Augenfeld has always been drawn to the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s aesthetic and after seeing her first burlesque show, she decided to combine her love for sewing and vintage fashions. At the time, Augenfeld was a Fashion Design and Production student at Lasell College in Newton. Now she’s the owner of Boston Vintage Factory, a multi-disciplinary studio offering classes in sewing, yoga, make-up and burlesque, that calls Somerville’s Joy Street Studios home.
Augenfeld teaches the sewing classes, which use modern machines to employ vintage sewing techniques. Boston Vintage Factory provides everything students need to take the sewing classes: the machines are already in the studio and she has piles of fabric, notions and vintage patterns.
“People are busy and don’t know what to buy,” Augenfeld said of her approach. “All of the sewing classes are beginner.” For now that is, as Augenfeld hopes to expand them in the future. In the meantime, her goal with the sewing classes is to get students comfortable enough with the machines and techniques to make professional-looking clothing and accessories.
In addition to the machine-sewing classes, which run for several weeks, Boston Vintage Studio offers a one-day alterations class that teaches students how to hand-sew and hem.
Augenfeld’s friend and professional make-up artist Veronica Nunes teaches the make-up classes, which highlight the pin-up style. The classes not only teach students how to get that bombshell look, but all attendees leave with a kit that includes everything they need to recreate the look at home.
“Everything is included in the class cost,” Augenfeld said.
Boston Vintage Factory is even stocked with plenty of yoga mats for those interested in taking the twice-weekly classes. In addition to yoga, interested parties can get moving with Boston Vintage Studios burlesque classes taught by GeeGee Louise, who Augenfeld said is “a great dancer and burlesque artist.” The classes are geared toward beginners and run for eight weeks.
Augenfeld didn’t have her heart set on one specific location when she was scouting for her studio, but she knew Studio #50 at Joy Street Studios was perfect as soon as she saw it.
“I loved the idea of the community, loved the environment, loved the space. It’s perfect for me right now,” Augenfeld said.