Great class yesterday! We covered a lot of ground, more pad-stitching for a notched collar, how to do mitered corners, how to cut both upper and under notched collar, how to install a cuff on a shirt sleeve, make a French cuff, alter a shirt pattern to fit the wearer's body and finally adding the collar to a shirt! Whew all this in only TWO hours! If you think this is a lot you are correct it is quite a lot of information but Andrew gets it in no time! He understands exactly what it is I'm telling him.
He also got a pep talk regarding fear, I basically told him to have none, be fearless and go forward. He is a little apprehensive about taking the plunge and adding pockets to the actual jacket that he is making with quite expensive fabric. I asked if he wanted to do it in class but he declined saying he has to learn how to work on his own, I applaud this stance! The reasoning I gave for being fearless is that fear can paralyze a person into staying in one spot and not progressing forward, in the end it is only a garment and he has done quite a few welt samples already all he has to do is let the muscle memory take over, follow the instructions taking his time and checking measurements as he goes. If something untoward does happen it's not the end of the world some of the best design features have come from mistakes or "learning opportunities" as I like to call them. The other thing I tell all my students is don't overthink it, the minute you start second guessing yourself is the minute you start running into problems.
Homework will be complete the pad-stitiching on the under collar as shown in class, add pockets to jacket front, add sleeves to mock up for fitting purposes, practice mitered corners on napkins then try them on the mock up sleeves; they can be done even before the sleeves are sewn together, mark the stopping point for the seam and stop sewing there when finishing the back seam on the two piece sleeve.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"