Hello all just wanted to post a great big thank you for being in my class to all my students and being patient with me as sometimes the explanation of things eludes me, the work is easy and I do it instinctively so it just gets done then when I try to put into words, well that's a different story....... So last night while explaining the collar draft once again I had one of those AH-HA moments and so am now posting it, hopefully it will make as much sense to the students as it does to me! Please take a look at it and if you have any questions contact me for further clarification. Click here for document
For the cuffs, I did a very quick demo last night but want students to know that to properly install cuffs please create the pleats first, either pin or baste them in place, then baste the cuff on to the sleeve and only then machine stitch in place. Once that is done press the cuff and either stitch in the ditch or topstitch to finish, either way is appropriate, choose which is the most fitting for the shirt.
The second bridge is now available online to register. It will run from May 27 to June 27 on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The class has decided that they want to be split into 2 groups, one doing dresses including a strapless, asymmetrical top, cowl neck top/dress and empire cut. The other group wants to focus on jackets and tops. Both groups will be doing an element of sleeves, neckline finishes and mock ups in this 30 hour course. It seems like a lot but my grads are up for the challen
Hello class and once again job well done! For Monday please be sure to
have your shirts ready to add collar and cuffs, so finish the side seams as
well as the slit on the sleeves. On Monday we will be also adding the
buttonholes and buttons. Be sure to interface the collar and cuffs
beforehand to be ready to sew in class. If there is time we can discuss
pants as well (keep fingers crossed)!
Just to re-iterate the second section of the bridge course was decided by the
class that it should be held on Mondays and Thursdays from May 27 to
June 27 from 7 to 10 pm. This was voted on in class and the motion carried.
Hello ladies and sorry for the delay this is the first opportunity I have had
to post this announcement.
Homework will be to finish unfinished work to be ready for
Saturday’s class. Students may cut the shirt at home and bring in
the pattern pieces with the paper still on the fabric to have them checked
before removing paper. Practice the slit finishing with some broadcloth
can do both methods at home, in class we will be using method on page 100 with
the fabric strip only as I demonstrated in class. If you have an
opportunity to create a mock up to fit the wearer it will go a long way in
making the work easier on Saturday. Even if you don't get the sleeves on
it will be ok, the neckline is the important part to fit be sure to chalk in
the actual neckline.
The pant skirt and sweater are due for marking on Saturday please
bring in the pattern pieces as well.
We were musing about a pot luck lunch seeing this is our
last Saturday class, I will bring in some homemade salami and olives along with
some fresh bread.
Congratulations to all for the great work done in Saturday's class! I
bet you surprised even yourselves by how much was accomplished today and how
well the garments looked on!
For Monday please be sure to take measurements for the shirt wearer if
someone other than yourself. Ideally it should be a man's measurements so
use your measurement chart to record the necessary measurements. Take
them as though you were making a dress with the exception of the bust
height and half bust distance, with the addition of the neckline
circumference. If possible please bring a shirt into class to use
in place of a mock up. We will be drafting a shirt with long sleeves
(measure the total length), yoke, collar and cuffs (take the wrist measurement
as well as the cuff width).
Hello all! Very proud of your grasp of the pant skirt and sweater
drafts, wait until you see how easy it is to sew them together! For
Saturday's class please have a mock up ready from home of the pant skirt (if
you have time) to fit in the morning, then it will be cutting and sewing
the pant skirt before noon! Remember to decide on the closure, if it will
be on the front or the back of the garment and bring in the zipper as well as
the interfacing if you are planning to install a front fly
In the afternoon we will be cutting the knit sweater with raglan sleeves and
the neckline of your choice, you can add a collar either a turtle neck or mock
turtle, or even a wider collar such as the examples I brought into class on
Monday. Just be sure you have the right materials to work with. For
the sweater a polyester thread with a bit of stretch and the correct needle for
the sewing machine will be a big help in expiditing the work.
If there are any questions please contact me and I will be happy to answer
Don't forget your patterns, portfolio page and gored skirts for
Hello ladies I wanted to add something to think about, please jot down some thoughts about the past 3 classes for Monday evening. Can you tell me which gored skirt drafting method you preferred and why? Also what was the most important thing you learned in Saturday's classes? What did you like/not like about the classes?
We will have a short discussion on this at the beginning of class.
I tried to post this sooner but something was up with my site and it wouldn't let me, so sorry for the delay in posting.
Hello all and can I say; Job well done! Everyone finished (almost) not one but two skirts! Please complete any work at home and bring them back next Saturday for evaluation.
For Monday's class we will be drafting the pant skirt and sweater with a raglan sleeve. Please keep in mind the fabric choice when creating the pattern draft especially for the sweater in a knit, the stretch will be a definite factor in how much to shrink the pattern pieces to fit properly. If you would like to create a turtle neck as shown in the picture there must be a fair amount of stretch in the fabric for the collar or choose a ribbing of the same or contrasting colour.
Everyone should be very proud of themselves for the hard work today!
Finally back home! Forgot how much work it is to look after two toddlers, it's non stop cooking, laundry, nursemaid, cleaning and so on! I just hope my daughter feels better soon after the surgery. I'm just glad that I was able to be there and help.
So tonight I rest and will be ready for class tomorrow morning.
We will be cutting and sewing TWO skirts that are students' choice of fabric in either a 6, 8 or 10 gored skirt with elastic waistband and a rolled hem.
Welcome back everyone! I am thrilled to be a part of this class!
We are going to be learning so much new material and building on what we
already know. For Monday we will be drafting in room A221 starting with
the gored skirt using only one pattern piece. We will also be doing a
couple of variations just to keep things interesting.
So rest up and be raring to go on Monday evening.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"