Hello ladies! Great job in class last night there was a lot of learning going on :)
For next week you are to create a new mock up of one of the above mentioned styles that you have not done yet in a dress format and bring it next week for fitting incorporating all the adjustments that were covered so far.
Next week we will also be drafting a vest using personal measurements and it has been brought to my attention there is a desire to sew this garment in its entirety. I think it's an excellent idea even though it is not on the official plan. Please bring some lining and fabric you would like to use for this project, we will be cutting the lining in class and marking with tailor tacks. If all goes well we can hand baste it and fit the lining ready to sew both the lining and fabric at home for the following week to finish in class.
Hello ladies you have no homework this week. I am planning to demonstrate how to finish the dress with the cap sleeve using the half lining next week. If you like bring a recording device and tape the demo for future reference.
Next week please be prompt as Danielle will be teaching us how to make flowers for the first half hour, we are to bring only some needles and thread she will have the rest of the components. Looking forward to learning from my student!
We will be drafting a new pattern with a cap sleeve but it will show how to transfer the base dart in a unique manner also how to add a fish eye dart with a different slant, very effective as a design feature. I would like to see the adjusted mock ups from this week along with the half lining that was supposed to have been finished for the last class, ideally they should be separate so that you can finish them using the method I will demonstrate next week.
Hello ladies sorry that I didn't get a chance to post your homework for tonight, I had you write it down in class last week, it was a new mock up with the adjusted pattern based on reading the initial mock up last week.
Tonight we will be adding the skirt portion of the pattern to create a dress and continue by creating 3 dress designs with one back for all three.
See you tonight
Hello all! your homework for this week is to cut and sew a mock up of the dress on page 54 complete with a half lining. Please have the dress sewn together ready to fit in class as well as the lining so they can be finished, bring shoulder pads if you like just to see what they will look like with the cap sleeve.
I will need to see the traced pattern pieces complete with markings for both the dress and the half lining, they will need to be numbered/lettered accordingly with all notches, grainlines etc.
For the upcoming test I was asked to give a heads up as to what to study for, at this point I don't have the test made up so anything is fair game. It will be mostly common sense questions that you will be able to answer just by sheer experience. So no worries about the test you will do just fine!
Have a great week.
Hello ladies and sorry for the delay in writing. Your homework for this week is to finish your unfinished work from the last class. You all finished drafting the sleeves on page 47 now all you have to do is cut 4 different styles and sew them onto the mock ups you created just to get a feel for how they will look on a garment and keep them for future reference.
Next class we will be drafting the gored dresses on page 54 to 56 so bring a lot of paper for a master pattern and the tracing paper for the pattern pieces.
Have a great long weekend!
I am very sorry for the tardiness in posting this but it ended up in my drafts rather than being published live! Not sure what happened there. If this ever happens please contact me and tell me to get my act together!
Here is the definition of the princess seams I wasn't sure if I handed this out last class. If not copy and paste it into your notes please.
Hope you had a great break, don't forget there is a test at the beginning of the next class it will take 40 minutes to complete and then we have some fun fitting mock ups! For the test all you need to know is the basic draft, scales, letters, some fixed rules. Go over the handouts I gave the first class with the measurement chart and you will be fine.
Hello ladies, great job on the tops and adjustments to reflect the measurements, you have come a long way in a short time!
No class next Friday May 16 due to the long weekend so a bit of a break. So for the following week you are to create a mock up in a sheath dress as described in class, incorporating your personal adjustments. Please leave the back open to get the mock up on and bring it to class for the first fitting. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the initial fit.
There will be a short quiz at the beginning of the class, please study your scales, letters on the basic block, terminology, go over some of the fixed rules (it is always the same and never changes), the drafting two step, princess lines etc. I have every faith you will all do very well on the test!
Hello ladies, that was intense last night! You learned a lot; how to sew French seams, add a bias strip to both the armhole and neckline and learned how to draft a gathered sleeve cap as well as a pleated sleeve cap! I realize that I am pushing you to your limit and beyond but it's only because you have the capabilities to handle the work. If you weren't so darned talented I would have to slow things down quite a bit but I have every faith that you are going to exceed your expectations, not mine I know you have it in you, you have to see the potential.
For your homework you are to sew two very plain mock ups in order to add 4 different sleeves (one to each armhole) to keep for future reference. Last night you were shown how to draft the first two graphics on page 46 and it was explained that the last graphic was of a pleated sleeve; this sleeve can be created two ways, number 1 is purchase the fabric already pleated or number 2 pleat the fabric yourself. I chose number 2 because it will teach not only how to cut the pleated fabric but how to create the pleated fabric by using either plain brown paper bags or the tissue paper or easel paper we use to draft patterns to pleat and press the fabric. This is the only way the fabric will hold the pleat even after it is washed. So please create some pleated fabric if you would like to learn this technique and bring it to class as well as other fabric for the two sleeves on page 47 or any other sleeve you may be interested in creating. These are only suggestions and not mandatory so if you have a style/design that has been puzzling you bring it and we can try to decipher it! After all variety is the spice of life is it not?
Cheers and have a great week!
Hello ladies great job on the base dart last night! Learn this technique well it will serve a very important purpose in the future.
Create a new basic block to the hipline using personal measurements for both front and back. On the back add the fish eye dart but nothing on the front we will be adding the princess lines as well as the shaping on the side seam next week.
I am going to ask that you also create a front and back using the generic measurements as well
in the same manner as stated above, this will stay with the storyboards for future reference completing the bodice front and back.
If you have any questions please contact me for clarification.
have a great week!
Hello ladies! Last night we swapped measurements and drafted each others' pattern on page 42 complete with personal adjustments. We were to return the finished pattern to the rightful wearer by the end of class. Some finished some did not, in this case please finish the draft and either return it to the wearer or create the mock up to that pattern as well as your own unless there was an agreement between the partners to do each others' mock up. The whole point is for each student to have a pattern and mock up for the next class in order to create variety sleeves using the measurements from the master pattern.
There will also be a demonstration on how to finish a sheer neckline with a fine bias binding, you may either watch and take notes or bring your sewing machine and do your own sample to keep as a reference.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"