Amanda also got to meet 2 of my granddaughters who will be here for the week and guess what their project of choice is; to sew a skirt each!!!
Hello all I had an interesting evening yesterday, I tried to connect with Amanda, my new student a George Brown graduate. She is quite a gal understood the basic blocks AND drafted them all on her own! We tried to connect via Skype last time and I sounded like a robot on her end so we ended the conversation with a promise to try and find the source of the sound problem. Well last night we tried it again and the same thing so we went with Facebook Messenger and it worked very well! So going forward we will be connecting by Fb.
Amanda also got to meet 2 of my granddaughters who will be here for the week and guess what their project of choice is; to sew a skirt each!!!
It is with a heavy heart we say a final good-bye to my mother's older sister, she passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday July 5. She had long suffered from heart issues, now she is not suffering any more. My aunt was the most gentle, strong, loving person I had ever had the pleasure of knowing plus the privilege of calling her "aunt" was a true blessing. Over the years I learned a lot from her gentle nature, strong sense of family unity, caring personality things I will forever carry with me, being forever grateful for having her in my life. A mother of 3, grandmother of many and great-grandmother as well, she had a long life, good life that deserves to be celebrated. We will mourn her passing and cherish the wonderful memories she has left behind a person who will be missed terribly leaving a huge void in her absence all the while filling us with love and kindness at the same time.
Today is the first visitation I am not looking forward to it she was like a second mother to me and a third grandmother to my children. In the true Italian tradition whenever we went to visit the first question was always "did you eat?" and trust me if you were a tiny bit hungry guaranteed you would be over full by the time you left! And could she cook!! I don't think there is a chef around who could hold a candle to the spaghetti sauce she used to cook on an old wood cook stove at their place in Oro-Medonte, I can still smell and taste it to this day!
My dear Zia Lillina I will miss you, I love you very much.
Sunday June 24, 2018
The ladies came in still in shock they had completed all the work on Saturday! I told them I had all the confidence they would complete the task with flying colours! Then they saw the board with Sunday's tasks:
Learning objective is to finish the dress.
Peggy decided to put pockets on her dress and make the skirt part gathered which she did on her own at home so by the time she got to class she was very familiar with the design. The fabric was a fine linen which had to be underlined with a cotton sheeting to breathe and not be transparent, worked like a charm! She can choose to wear a belt with the dress at the Empire cut or not for a more casual look, and Peggy LOOOOOVES the pockets!!!
Karen opted for something different, also advanced with pleats at the neckline and to be consistent, pleats at the sleeve cap as well. The fabric for Karen's dress was a denim look rayon with a gorgeous drape to it so the pleats sat perfectly. She can also choose to wear a thin belt at the Empire cut to finish the dress beautifully. Both can match the belt and new shoes to them, great reason to get new shoes!!!
Hello all it's been a while since my last post, too busy it seems that June barely started and here it is almost Canada Day! Will someone please take their foot off the gas pedal and slow us down a bit the speed as to which time flies by is making me dizzy!!
This weekend was a very fun weekend for everyone especially the students who went home with a brand new dress to wear! The task was to cut, mark, sew, fit and wear a dress home by Sunday and guess what they did it!
I pulled a fast one on them by not sending a syllabus to them beforehand as is the norm, I told them that (insert any lame excuse) for this reason all they need to know is they will be cutting and sewing. In fact I knew exactly what the learning objective and work was going to be but felt if I sent them the syllabus they would be stressing over it and in the end be paralyzed with fear. So I sprung it on them at the beginning of class, this is what I wrote on the board not mentioning the fact they also needed to cut the dress out that day as well!:
Sewing sequence for Empire cut dress part one
A great big welcome back to Denise B.! A former student from Georgian College who did the intensive program about 3 years ago. It was so nice to catch up with her and to see exactly how much she remembered and how much she needed to learn :)
The objective was to create an asymmetrical design to use with recycled T-shirts, mission accomplished! Denise actually remembers more than she thinks if she would not overthink the method and let her muscle memory kick in. Just like any other class there will be homework!
Homework is to create a mock up of the pattern made in class plus draft a new pattern with the same design using the following measurements:
Hello all I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to a great summer ahead! I have a new project on the go my daughter's birthday present a new suit with blazer, pants and skirt!
I fit the mock up on her the other day and it fit like a glove, literally like a glove I need to let it out a bit... someone wanted it a bit small on purpose, she said she does not want to close the blazer so rather than arguing with her I chose to do it her way and make it too small on purpose! Well she loved the look and finally agreed that it would be better to close on her than not LOL, "told you so" was what I felt like saying but did not, saying instead that it's a great idea I'm glad she thought of it!!
The pants really did fit like a glove with very little in the way of adjustments, only the rise had to be shortened a bit but the rest was PERFECT! The skirt also needs very little done to it before I cut the fabric. So happy with the outcome especially because my "client" is happy too.
So I got the pattern pieces all finalized yesterday, this is why I like to make the master pattern and only the main pieces before I make all the lining, canvas, stay, facing, upper/under collar etc that way if there are any adjustments I only have a few pattern pieces to adjust and can trace the rest with all the adjustments already done. Must work smart not hard :)
Below I have some pix of the progress so far, I will try to remember to take pix as I go and post them, usually I get so involved that it's only when I'm finished that I remember to take a picture!
What a day, what a GREAT class! In 3 1/2 hours Jill sewed a pair of pants from start to finish with pockets and a front fly zipper!! FANTASTIC job Jill!!!
The look AMAZING! Fit her like a glove and are very elegant with a high waist contouring her silhouette perfectly! Jill made the pattern during the last class and was supposed to practice the zipper and pockets at home but life happens and she was unable to complete her homework so we had much to do today. I am quite strict with homework assignments because it's good training for meeting deadlines, good time management and goal setting for future business. Once students are trained to manage their time efficiently from the beginning it becomes second nature making the future jobs less stressful to execute.
Today Jill did very well and worked diligently with great speed to complete the task, once she tried the pants on she could not contain her enthusiasm and I of course was over the moon with pride! Below are a couple of pix so you can see for yourself what a great job and how great the pants look on Jill. The hem is not finished because she could not decide on the length quite yet....
Homework is to do the zipper and pocket storyboards the same as the samples. Sew two more pairs of pants with pockets and front fly zipper to show me the next class, the length is not important so they can be shorts, capris or pants. The important part is the top with the pockets, zipper and waistband. Next class will be in two weeks, no excuses for not completing homework, set soft deadlines to complete the individual tasks and a hard deadline to complete the whole task.
So this has nothing to do with sewing but it is a great investment for one's health. I recently had a birthday, 39 again, in case you were wondering... My family got together and bought me a watch, a very nice watch, but I already have 5 so I traded the fancy watch for a Fit-Bit! Best thing I ever did! I had no idea how many steps I put in in one day or how many stairs I climb each day.
What's even better is it keeps one motivated to achieve the goals I set out for myself. I felt that 9,000 steps per day was something that is very achievable and will give me a good workout without working out. Well apparently I'm an "overachiever", their words not mine... I have been averaging 11,000 steps per day plus 14 flights of stairs! I actually feel great knowing this and want to do even more to keep the momentum going! Who knows it may be a whole new lease of life for me! I would highly recommend getting any kind of gadget that will give you this feedback it is worth it.
On another note, today I went for a mani-pedi, a treat I give myself once in a while and usually it's a fun experience with lots of laughs and joking with the staff and patrons, today was not that day.
I asked the girl to do my manicure first so it will dry while my pedicure is being done, "No. Sit. First pedi!" was the terse answer I recieved. Ok then, pedi first it is.... then I asked if I could see the polishes I chose on something before I make my decision on the colour, there was a particular shade I had in mind... I got quite the eyeroll and she finally agreed and painted them on my fingernails, then I was told "This no shellac, regular nail polish no last", but I want regular polish, this was greeted with a head shake "no last." Talk about feeling like a loser for choosing just regular old nail polish! Finally trying to make some small talk I said I have a party on Saturday "Saturday! Why you come today? This no last. You come on Saturday morning or Friday night, NOT TODAY!" Ok then.... at which point she said "no touch anything sit here for 20 minutes for polish to dry!" which is why I had asked for the manicure first!
Suffice it to say this is the first time I did not leave a tip for the worker also complained to the management on the behavior. I was offered a loyalty card which I declined won't be going back there any time soon...
So what does one do when one has a bit of time on their hands? One makes some summer clothes that what!!!
It all started when I purchased a purse for my granddaughter's first communion in a very light cucumber green, I love the purse but had precious little to wear it with, that was a problem. I bought some fabric to complement the purse, the floral print to make a pair of leggings, then the linen to make the "boyfriend" shirt, they looked great together!
The black spandex fabric was in the stash and earmarked for a specific shirt well I finally worked up the nerve to try it not with the results I was hoping for so when life throws you lemons what do you do? Make lemonade of course! Got my creative juices flowing, but first I slept on it because that is the way for me to get the best possible results in the end I decided to create some strips of the same fabric to insert into the shoulders and down the elbow length sleeve. The results were so good I added the same treatment to the sides just below the waist to the hem... well this led to the nude colour leggings just to make people do a double take to see if there are pants on or not LOL!! Got to have some fun!!
Now I had some of the floral fabric left over and thought it would make a nice top so this afternoon I got busy and in a couple of hours created the tank top! Did I mention the leggings are with no side seams and the each took about one hour to complete! Yes folks once you have a pattern that fits it takes no time at all to put together clothes. The tops took a little longer but then there are a lot of details on them. The linen top has a ribbon finishing at the neckline that was hand sewn plus it is all with flat-fell seams and topstitching. Click here to see pix
One of my students called me today teasing me saying that I will have time to make a whole new wardrobe by the time the next weekend retreat is here, well the joke was on her because that collection was already almost finished!! Next up is a pair of denim capris and a pink top that I have been toying with for a while and now I think I have a plan, stay tuned for updates!!
Have a great long weekend, hopefully it will be good weather.
Jill is working very hard at the pants with great success I might add! She came with a mock up of the newly adjusted pattern that fit PERFECTLY! "Now what am I supposed to teach?" I asked with a great big smile!
So we carried on with adding the pockets both front and back to the pants draft as well as the front fly zipper and then traced the pattern pieces. It had been 2 weeks since the last class and Jill was quite comfortable with starting a new draft, just zipped right through it but then we compared the pants back to the previous pattern and well there were a few issues with measuring accurately. By that I mean adding the front leg measurements to the back and then making the back adjustments, this is something I insist on for accuracy in fact on exams students lose marks if I don't see the front measurements transferred to the back. A good way of remembering that were indeed transferred is to mark them in a different colour pencil. All in all it was a great class.
I love it when students add to their homework and Jill really added to her homework!
Homework is to create storyboards of the front fly zipper, welts and pockets using mine as a guide. Trace the pattern pieces for the front and back including the pressing lines, pocket placements etc, please bring them with you the next time. Also pick different measurements and make a new draft adding in the front, back pocket placements and the front fly zipper.
Next class we will be creating a finished pair of pants including waistband so practice, practice, practice...
Maria Calautti, Jack of all trades!