Hello ladies great job on Friday! We did the robe with shawl collar and Dolman sleeve plus went over the wing collar and drafts from last week.
Your homework is to finish the pattern pieces for the robe to include the front and back with the sleeves still attached to the pattern, the facing that is 3 mm larger than the collar on the body, please mark the roll line on the facing as well in red; a pocket if you would like to have one and we will be cutting out a belt next week. You are to sew together the front and back at the side seams as well as the shoulder/sleeve seam ready to install the shawl collar next week so please bring your sewing machines and all the pattern pieces to finish the robe in class.
Have a great week!
Hello all, sorry to say that there were just not enough people to run the class on Saturday this time. It's disappointing for the students who had registered perhaps another time.
Hello all I hope you enjoyed the trip down the raglan memory lane last night! I felt the differences and similarities needed to be highlighted before we move on.
For this week you are to draft your pattern for the main project; jacket or coat with a raglan sleeve of your choice. We briefly discussed the idea of having a collarless jacket and I thought it would be alright to do so without losing any marks. In retrospect it is not fair to the students who are creating a collar to be graded by the same criteria as the collarless ones. So in the interest of fairness, I will have to stick to the original plan of having a collar of your choice as part of the jacket. In Tim Gunn's words "make it work" to your advantage. The collar is stipulated in the syllabus and in my descriptions since the beginning so I'm afraid it has to stay as part of the jacket......
So please have your pattern finished and mock up cut ready to sew in class. If you would like the pattern checked before cutting the mock up please bring the muslin/fabric to class early and I will check the pattern so you can cut the mock up before class starts.
Have a great week!
Hello ladies good work on both the test and the class! Everyone did a fantastic job!
For this oweek's homework please draft both the volant once again using a different measurement. In class you were asked to draft 2 spiral volant, one using the new method and one using the old method, with a neckline measurement of 35 cm. Please repeat that task using a different measurement. Also please draft an actual circle and semi-circle skirt using
We will go over the homework in class next week so if there are any grey areas please ask for clarification. Next week is our second last class so we will be having a review of the basic drafts prior to the final exam. For the final week after the exam it will be students' choice of the topics covered so if there is a style of skirt you are interested in knowing more about bring it in and we can discuss it after the exam.
Have a great week and keep warm! I will be seeing most of you on Saturday if one more person registers for the course, so if you know of anyone who is interested in sewing this a great place to start even if they haven't taken the drafting it's ok the patterns can be drafted for them and they can still learn how to sew them. Thank you.
Hello ladies what a great review on Friday! We went over the set in sleeve as well as the bodice front and back and then you learned how to draft a collar for both the wing collar and the man's shirt collar. The difference with this draft is that it's completely done by using a measuring tape! There shortcuts but before we run we have to walk so no shortcuts until the basic is completely understood. Your homework is to complete the draft started in class the previous week on page 69 with the two pleats and yoke using your personal measurements. Once that is completed please create a blouse with princess lines on the front only, a set in sleeve as well as a wing collar. You only need to go to the hip line for this project. Please bring the completed assignment into class we will be going over it at the beginning of class and then learn about the notched collar briefly. We will be going on to the robe with a Dolman sleeve, front overlap and shawl collar. The two piece sleeve will not be covered until there a full attendance as this is a very important aspect of garment making so I will need everyone present for this instruction and subsequent storyboards.
Have a great week!
Hello ladies sorry for the delay in writing your homework it has been a very busy couple of days.
In class we discussed the raglan sleeve blouse that is fitted with darts using scale A instead of scale 1. I can tell you that the fit is incredible (you all know how much I don't like raglan sleeves!) but I have to say the dress I made and wore today was one of the best fitting most comfortable garments I have ever worn! That's saying something about the method!
Your homework is to finish the draft and tracing the pattern pieces using the generic measurements that were given in class. In addition you are to create the same pattern (master only) as on page 102 using personal measurements incoporating your own special adjustments to the base draft. I want to be sure the pattern is correct before tracing the pattern pieces and cutting the mock up so please bring it in on Thursday to have it checked once satisfied the pattern is correct then you may proceed with the rest of the work. Remember you are to add the fish eye darts on both the front and back pattern pieces.
Please have a sketch or picture of the jacket you would like to create as your main assignment so we can go over the design and decide how to proceed. The criteria is that style can be a bomber jacket, car coat or other style of jacket suitable for a raglan sleeve. The garment must be lined, have a collar and either buttons or a zipper at the front, the sleeves may be a contrasting fabric in colour and/or texture, pockets, can have decorative stitching. In other words get creative with your designs!
Have a great week!
Hello ladies sorry for the delay in writing I have been working on some homework of my own! Great job in class on Tuesday!
For this week you are to draft a mermaid skirt using the traditional method of pattern drafting. The biggest difference being that the front will have a small dart drafted in of 2 cm deep (1 cm on either side of the fold line) by 10 cm long, you will also add a 2 cm dart allowance to the front. You are to create a master back and a master front and then trace the pattern pieces, label, mark the notches and grainlines as well.
In addition to this you were shown how to draft a gored skirt using one pattern piece only, if you got this done in class that's great! If not you are to create this pattern piece for an A-line gored skirt as shown in your book. For this purpose it will be a 6-gored skirt. To see the difference between the traditional mermaid skirt draft and the one piece mermaid draft you are to create a mermaid gore following the book as well.
This is a great way to compare drafting methods to see which you prefer. For next week we will be drafting the circle skirts and volants. This is always a fun class so please bring in some inexpensive fabric to cut a semi-circle skirt as well as some spiral volants.
Have a great week!
PS for anyone who is taking the skirts sewing class on Saturday Feb. 28 please be aware that the cafeteria as well as all the food outlets are closed due to the end of reading week. Please bring a packed lunch. thanks
Hello ladies! Great job in class on Thursday.
You are to finish tracing the pattern pieces for the blouse on page 101 with the scarf and then create a mock up. There was a demonstration of how to finish the hemline and the neckline you were allowed to tape the demo for use at home but I think you all got the gist of it. You already have created raglan sleeve tops so just in case the memory is a bit foggy.....
Have a great week try to stay warm!
Hello all what a great class on Tuesday! For this week there is no homework except to study for the quiz coming next week at the beginning of class. Study your terminology and the basic pencil skirt draft and the bias cut skirt.
If you have time please do a draft or two only for practice.
The skirts sewing class has been postponed for one week and will start on Feb. 28, 2015 and go for the 5 consecutive Saturdays there will be no break because the sleeves sewing class will start following the skirts so there is no wiggle room. Registration is open for the skirts sewing.
Have a great week!
Hello all great job on transferring the dart fullness on Friday! Please go over the procedure of how to transfer the dart, create 2 base darts that transfer to pleats either at the neckline or coming from the shoulders. For next class bring back the drafts that were done in class on Friday to get the armholes ready for the sleeves and to draft the set in sleeve for this style. We will also be drafting the wing collar and compare the wing and notched collar, the differences and similarities. From there I will be giving a tutorial on the two piece sleeve and we will get started on this as well. So a busy class ahead in TWO weeks, there is no class next Friday due to the family day weekend.
Please create a few more basic front blocks and two backs. Is everyone clear on what a basic block is? There is no shaping to it at all, just the very basic block ready to use in class.
Have a great two weeks!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"