Hello ladies here is your homework for this week:
Hyacinthe - pants with new pattern, please cut the pants add the pockets and front fly zipper. You are an expert at both already! In class we can finish the pants by adding a waistband and hemming but before we do that we will perfect the fit.
Mary – vest to match pants; great job on the pants! You learned a lot with this project. For the vest please create the pattern according to the book instructions, make it as long/short as you like it, add a pocket or welt if you like and at the back you can choose to add a small belt or just shape it with fish eye darts. It's your choice if you want to have a fabric back or lining back, you can cut the fabric out at home, mark the pattern pieces bring them in ready to finish the vest in class. We will sew the lining first and fit it and then work on the fabric.
Danielle – blouse; Not sure what you have in mind but I am sure it will be spectacular just like all your other projects!
Audrey – original skirt with tucks and Volant; Quite the challenge you decided on! Good for you for going for it! Like I said in class I would suggest you cut a full circle volant and a semi-circle volant for the mock up to see which you like better for the skirt. For the mock up you could cut only the front just to see the difference between them and then decide which to go with. Will this skirt be lined? If so the lining should be only a pencil skirt without the tucks and should be the length of the skirt to the top of the volant. Lining it is a great way of finishing the hemline and volant at the same time so if you have all the components cut and partially put together we can finish the skirt in class on Wednesday. Great job on the previous skirts as well!
Berry – mock up using revised pattern and sleeve mock ups; the newcomer to the class, welcome! You are doing a second mock up using the revised pattern pieces to check the fit on the top. I think you will be very pleased with the outcome as I was very pleased with the initial mock up! It was decided you were going to add sleeves so please draft a sleeve at home, cut them out and add them to the revised mock up. Bring it in for a fitting also bring in some fabric to make a real one you can wear. Let's keep it simple at first and then add to it as you progress so please bring a zipper of your choice for the centre back.
This is such a great group of women to work with the day goes by and no one realizes it we are having so much fun! Great job with the circle skirts this week! I think everyone is in love with a laser level on a tripod for hemming purposes! Danielle even got a high-low semi-circle skirt out of the deal! They are the easiest skirts ever, Hyacinthe knocks one off in an hour or less! Thank you Audrey for starting a trend :)
Have a great week!
Great job on Friday Ann! Congrats on your final skirts exam, passed with flying colours!
For this week you are to create a pants back using yours and other measurements for extra practice. Then you are to create a mock up for yourself so you can try them on during the first 10 minutes of our next session. If you can have someone there with you it would be very helpful to pin any issues (if any) on you.
This is a very good way of learning a new art I am hoping to make it to Fredericton at some point for a visit and to see the east coast which is something I have always wanted to do.
Have a great week!
Well I have to say that these ladies have outdone themselves!
Hyacinthe has successfully adjusted her pants to fit her "new" body perfectly as well as a slim gored skirt! Great job Hyacinthe! Don't be afraid to cut off excess fabric, makes life much easier. For next week you said you will create a semi-circle skirt (or three!) so go for it and bring them to class to hem them. They should hang for a few days before hemming to allow the fabric and gravity to do their thing....
Mary is diligently working on her pants and doing a fantastic job! For next week try to have the front fly zipper in by using your storyboard made in class for just that purpose; step by step instruction. It will serve you better to try and figure it out on your own rather than having me standing over your shoulder all the time...... If you should get stuck then leave it for next class and we can work on it together.
Audrey surprised even herself as to how fast she can produce a garment! It took her almost 30 minutes to sew a semi-circle skirt! Not sure what took so long :)...... Excellent work Audrey it is quite a feat for a novice sewer but you did it! For next week you decided to work on a wrap skirt that is lined. Please try to draft the pattern at home and have the pieces ready to cut the lining in class. Yes you are lining it :)
Danielle B. has successfully created a beautiful robe for a very lucky friend! Great job Danielle! Don't be afraid to clip before sewing it makes life much easier :) You have really challenged yourself by creating an asymmetrical skirt in book 2! Today you cut the lining, baste it together and try it on before cutting the fabric to check the fit. I explained briefly how to put it together, if all goes well cut the fabric and have it tailor tacked ready to put together, if you should run into a problem bring to the next class to work on it.
Great class, great people so a great day!
Hello ladies what a great job you did last night on the pants mock up! It's always great to know that you are learning something no matter what age even if it is tailor tacking :)
Next week there is a simple quiz on the pants front and back so studying is in the cards. Go over the scales and their uses, study the lines and what they stand for and the draft itself. There will be no drafting as this is only a written test worth 10% of your final mark.
Also please try to finish your mock ups ready to try on in class and read the mock up. We will be making the necessary adjustments on the paper patterns before going on to the next step.
Have a great week and keep up the good work!
It is with Ann's permission and with great pleasure that I am going to be posting her progress with the skype classes. What started out as a pie-in-the-sky idea is now a reality; Ann started with the skirts section of book 1 a few weeks ago in one hour, weekly sessions; successfully completing it although I am still waiting for the final exam to arrive by mail so I can grade it..... I'm sure she passed with flying colours!
Today was our first day of the pants section- the pants front. This was Ann's introduction to my now famous or infamous storyboard format of learning! My theory is that repetition is the key to success therefore I break down the drafts into steps having the students draft each step until they complete the task. By the time the students have repeated the draft 5 times it is clear how it must be done with the added benefit of having a step by step reference for future use. It is very tedious to do them and everyone complains, Ann did not, at least not audibly :) but in the end they see the benefits. In fact one of the intermediate students said she pulls it out all the time when starting something new for accuracy especially if it's been a while since last drafted a particular garment.
With Ann we skype once a week for 2 hours now for the pants section as it is more complex than a skirt, on my end I show the draft on a white board plus have samples of patterns and from her end she positions the webcam so that I can see what she is drafting, works great!
So in keeping with the other students your homework is to draft 2 more pants front; one using your own measurements and one using a different set of measurements to show me next Friday at which time we will be covering the pants back. So please have 5 more sheets of paper cut and ready to go for more fun storyboards!
Have a great week!
What a great group of ladies for this class! Everyone is working on projects of their choice, so there are some who are working on skirts, pants, robe etc.
This is a great way to learn a multitude of techniques in a short period of time just by watching others who are in the same class not to mention the small class size is a real bonus! I am leaving homework up to individual discretion, we discussed it briefly with each individual in class so please do as was discussed. See you next week same time, same place :)
Hello ladies, great job last night on the pants back!
The storyboards will really help you in the future I have students who say they pull them out all the time when drafting patterns especially if it's been a while since they have drafted a particular garment.
Your homework for this week is to create a master pattern front and back using your own measurements. I had said to trace the pattern pieces but have re-thought that strategy, we have to compare the measurements to the master pattern, make any necessary adjustments on the master pattern and then trace the pattern pieces. So scratch the pattern pieces from the homework! I'm sure you are all broken hearted :)
For next week please bring in some muslin or broadcloth to put together a mock up to fit your body. We will be hand basting them together so no sewing machine required.
Have a great week!
Bring your own project class at my studio on Wednesday April 15, 2015 is a go from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm with 1/2 hour for lunch, we had 5 but now have 4 so there is room for more if anyone is interested in finishing or starting something new they can book the time with me. The students have opted for the 20 hours of instruction time making the weekly course one month long. The cost with 4 students is $300; 5 - 6 students is $240 or with 7 students $200. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the class through the contact us page.
Hello lovely ladies what a great last class we had on Thursday! I am so very proud of each and everyone of you for getting through this very tough module of the raglan sleeve! There was a lot of work expected of you and you delivered in spades!
I especially got a charge out of Linda sitting there BORED because she had done all her work and got it graded halfway through the class! Kudos Linda on a job well done!
Meaghan created the most unique blazer with a contrasting collar complete with a border and contrasting cuffs, looked as good on the inside as the outside. She also finished all her work and did a great job! Kudos to you Meaghan!
Bose was almost done and created the most unique bomber jacket ever! It was professionally finished with contrasting band at the hemline and cuffs, nice choice on the colourful zipper! Kudos to you Bose!
Amy's coat is so different and fit so well, was graded in the almost finished stage but I could see that it was going to be a stand out! Teacher gapped some marking so we are going to skype some items. Kudos Amy!
Danielle T. is an amazing tailor and FAST! Her coat is a standout with a lot of work done there is still a bit to do can't wait to see the finished product! Kudos Danielle!
Denise even sewed without pinning! WOW this is a first for Denise proud of you kid! Denise's work always stands out in its perfection and always fits like a glove. Most of the work was done can't wait to see the rest! Kudos Denise!
Judith is one of a kind, was away on vacation with her husband celebrating their 50th yes 50th anniversary! CONGRATULATIONS TO JUDITH AND HUSBAND! Want to hear all (or at least most of) the stories when you return! Classes resume May 7, upon completion of that module you will have reached the halfway point of your journey through book 2 and that much closer to the Italian diploma. I feel like a proud mamma!!!!
What an amazing job everyone did on Tuesday! For this week there is no homework, only if you didn't get the pants front using personal measurements finished in class please finish it at home. There will be a short oral quiz at the beginning of next class just so you know.....
Please be sure you have plenty of paper as there will be another storyboard on the pants back.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"