Welcome to this pair of talented individuals to the Le Grand Chic family of tailors! They had registered for the Toronto classes, the only 2, so it was decided they would come to my house on Sundays for further instruction. I put them through their paces both on Tuesday and on Sunday! They are troopers, one drives from Woodbridge and one drives 2.5 hours each way from Brantford to come for classes, kudos! You both get an A+ for effort!
They did very well on the previous homework so you know what that means don't you! More homework especially because there will be two weeks until the next class.
Homework is to draft a front and back in two different measurements in a sheath pattern and another basic block for each of those measurements.
Have a great two weeks!
Welcome Danielle to the Le Grand Chic family of tailors! Yes you get homework too!!!
Welcome Danielle! We had our first class yesterday and I can see the talent in this young woman already! She requested we start with the pants pattern so we did, she showed me what she has done and I showed here what I do and before you know it we had a mock up together that fit well! Danielle was surprised as to the ease of the pattern making when using the tools, I had said that when she sees these tools in action she will dump the ones she has been using in favour of buying the Le Grand Chic tools and guess what Danielle said just that! She wants a set NOW! I told Danielle she should work with the pattern we drafted yesterday, make the necessary adjustments which were minimal, and then consider joining the pants class with the other Toronto students. She agreed.
So for homework you are to create another mock up using the adjusted pattern and show me the fit.
Have a great day!
Well I have to say this young man is AMAZING!!!!!
Today we had an extended session to finish a job we started last week, one would think what took so long? Let me tell you the ways:
Andrew decided he needs to know a bunch of things like how to work with lace, types of fabrics to use for circle skirts, linings, foundation materials aaaaannnndddd how to draft circle skirts!!!!! Whew that's a lot to learn in one day with the addition of how to install an invisible zipper. So how extended was this session exactly? Instead of 2 hours Andrew spent 3 hours!!
What a trooper this young man is in only THREE hours he did all of the above PLUS installed a collar and separating zipper on a fleece jacket AND finished the zipper with a facing. By the end I asked if he had any more mental capacity to learn, he actually said there was no more room, I was relieved because I had no more left to teach!!!!
So for homework there is only to finish any unfinished work, next week we are going to complete the fleece top so bring everything needed to finish the job and then go on to drafting a shirt.
Whew!!!! Have a great week!
Today was a lot of work, great job Fola! In two short hours we had a pop quiz to review the pencil skirt, the very base of the skirts draft. Unless one understands this draft there is no point in continuing it will all be a jumble.... So today I could see that Fola was ready to diversify into an A-line and a tapered skirt!
She learned how to make one master pattern and two different skirts, way to go! Fola really understood the importance of having the front and back be mirror images of each other.
Homework is to sew together the pencil skirt except for the zipper which we will add in class. Repeat today’s class in different measurements, drafting one master back and one front for both A-line and tapered skirt and trace the pattern pieces. Please mark the master pattern as the ones you brought to class today as well.
Have a great 2 weeks!
Ok so all I can say is WOW! This young woman is truly amazing! In a very short two hours today Isabella installed an invisible zipper for the very first time in her life not once but twice! I had her do a practice run before installing the zipper into the garment which she did with ease and precision. PLUS Isabella finished the neckline AND the armholes of her lined dress! Keep in mind this girl is a beginner with little sewing experience! I am so proud of her accomplishments.
And now the homework.....
Homework: before anything serge all raw edges on inside.
A big welcome to Karen and Dante into the Le Grand Chic family of tailors! Last night was their very first lesson on the bodice, nothing like jumping into the deep end of the pool when you're a non-swimmer! They are troopers and did an AMAZING job! Neither Karen nor Dante had ever seen or used the tools/book before but by the end of the class they were already drafting a bodice front in two different measurements, then I showed them how to do a back which is now their homework! Yes folks there is homework even on the first class!
Due to the low enrollment it was decided that Dante and Karen would come to my house for classes, they are very committed to learning tailoring, Dante is driving from Brantford and Karen from Woodbridge! That's commitment!
So for homework please draft a back using the generic measurements provided and using personal measurements. Use the storyboard for the back as well, the only difference is the back is a mirror image of the front. In addition take another set of measurements on someone else and draft a front only using those measurements, please record the measurements used on the drafts as well as the scales and their uses on each draft.
Next class will be on Sunday January 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Have a great few days!
Hello all there is still room to register for Tuesday's class! I just activated SQUARE to make it easier to use a credit card. It has been brought to my attention that people have been having problems registering with Paypal so there is another option for you.
I sincerely hope the class fills up, the program is so rewarding and will pay for itself in no time not to mention the personal satisfaction of making your own garments that fit incredibly well. If you have been thinking about it "take the leap and the net will appear" is what a wise woman once told. I took the leap and never looked back!
Please come to the first class even if you haven't registered to see what it's all about, look at the tools, meet me and ask me questions. I will be at Fortino's at 6:00 pm for a meet and greet, the class starts at 6:30, I will have extra kits in the event anyone wants to register at the door and start right away. There are 8 spots left registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
Hope to see you there!
Great job Andrew! In only two hours Andrew had to answer a pop quiz, discuss a bunch of things but most of all cut and sew together a fleece jacket, the very fist time Andrew has sewn sleeves! I chose to break him in gently with a Dolman sleeve that is sewn in before sewing the side seams making the sleeve installation a breeze! I keep asking if there are any questions and the answer I get is "no I understand it all" and the funny part is he really does understand the work! I think Andrew is going to be an awesome tailor!
But let's not get ahead of ourselves..... there is homework:
Homework is to get all the materials together to finish the jacket next week. Please bring a 70 cm long separating zipper, fusi-knit, 2 cm elastic to go around the hips, rib-knit to finish the sleeves. Complete the welt pocket story board, fit dress on wearer and either skype or facetime to see the finished mock up. Make pants to go with the jacket as well as finishing any unfinished work
Next class we will be finishing the fleece jacket with the zipper, collar and cuffs, if time permits we will be going on to new materials.
Have a great week!
It was so good to see Isabella after a long Holiday break! This young woman is a wonderful student and wise way beyond her years! I actually timed her to see how long it would take for a beginner to draft a front and back because I have been getting some flack from youtube watchers for the video on a bodice draft in under 5 minutes. Well I am happy to tell you that a beginner doesn't take much longer to draft a front complete with shaping! It took Isabella about 8 minutes to draft a front! So there doubters!
In less than one hour we had discussions, she drafted a front sheath, back sheath made the necessary adjustments based on the mock up from the previous class, learned how to change the armhole and if that's not enough Isabella also drafted another front with a different neckline AND a self-facing! Believe it or not that is the whole truth.
I digressed, this is about homework.....
Homework is to finish the armhole facing on mock up. Trace pattern for both jumpers; sheath jumper will be lined and can be cut out at home, stitch together darts on both the lining and fabric front and back, stitch centre back seam to the zipper end of the opening to install invisible zipper. Mom will try on mock up next class if necessary. Bring in jumper ready to sew together in class, invisible zipper, also paper pattern pieces for the front buttoning jumper, the same back may be used as the other pattern.
have a great week!
I am so excited with the outcome of this latest coat! It took a while to map out the lace appliques each and every leaf had to be cut and placed individually so I could get a perfect mirror image on both the front and back. It takes a lot of time and patience to do this but so worth it in the end!
The first step is to look at the lace and find the motif you want to use it might mean a bit of trial and error but that's the way it's done.
Next step is to place some cut motifs on the spot where they are to be living to see if you want to have a centre or if you want the motifs to be random.
Once that decision is made cut a few more and add them to ones already placed try them in different arrangements eventually they will "click" and look like they belong!
Continue in this manner on one side only staying the motifs with some pins allowing you to make changes if necessary.
Finally, when one side is completed it's time to start on the other side! Now you get to do the whole process all over again only it's a mirror image of the first side. To make it easier start at one edge by removing a motif turn it upside down and find the matching one. Replace the first one in it's original position and place the second one in the same place on the other side as you see in the pictures below.
When the area is covered you can baste the motifs down before finishing by hand.
Once the lace appliques are all basted then using the same colour thread stitch them in place with invisible stitches.
The end result is so worth the effort! I usually teach technique classes at the Creativ Festival and the lace one is a favourite especially when I teach it wearing and evening gown LOL!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"