What a day, what a GREAT class! In 3 1/2 hours Jill sewed a pair of pants from start to finish with pockets and a front fly zipper!! FANTASTIC job Jill!!!
The look AMAZING! Fit her like a glove and are very elegant with a high waist contouring her silhouette perfectly! Jill made the pattern during the last class and was supposed to practice the zipper and pockets at home but life happens and she was unable to complete her homework so we had much to do today. I am quite strict with homework assignments because it's good training for meeting deadlines, good time management and goal setting for future business. Once students are trained to manage their time efficiently from the beginning it becomes second nature making the future jobs less stressful to execute.
Today Jill did very well and worked diligently with great speed to complete the task, once she tried the pants on she could not contain her enthusiasm and I of course was over the moon with pride! Below are a couple of pix so you can see for yourself what a great job and how great the pants look on Jill. The hem is not finished because she could not decide on the length quite yet....
Homework is to do the zipper and pocket storyboards the same as the samples. Sew two more pairs of pants with pockets and front fly zipper to show me the next class, the length is not important so they can be shorts, capris or pants. The important part is the top with the pockets, zipper and waistband. Next class will be in two weeks, no excuses for not completing homework, set soft deadlines to complete the individual tasks and a hard deadline to complete the whole task.
So this has nothing to do with sewing but it is a great investment for one's health. I recently had a birthday, 39 again, in case you were wondering... My family got together and bought me a watch, a very nice watch, but I already have 5 so I traded the fancy watch for a Fit-Bit! Best thing I ever did! I had no idea how many steps I put in in one day or how many stairs I climb each day.
What's even better is it keeps one motivated to achieve the goals I set out for myself. I felt that 9,000 steps per day was something that is very achievable and will give me a good workout without working out. Well apparently I'm an "overachiever", their words not mine... I have been averaging 11,000 steps per day plus 14 flights of stairs! I actually feel great knowing this and want to do even more to keep the momentum going! Who knows it may be a whole new lease of life for me! I would highly recommend getting any kind of gadget that will give you this feedback it is worth it.
On another note, today I went for a mani-pedi, a treat I give myself once in a while and usually it's a fun experience with lots of laughs and joking with the staff and patrons, today was not that day.
I asked the girl to do my manicure first so it will dry while my pedicure is being done, "No. Sit. First pedi!" was the terse answer I recieved. Ok then, pedi first it is.... then I asked if I could see the polishes I chose on something before I make my decision on the colour, there was a particular shade I had in mind... I got quite the eyeroll and she finally agreed and painted them on my fingernails, then I was told "This no shellac, regular nail polish no last", but I want regular polish, this was greeted with a head shake "no last." Talk about feeling like a loser for choosing just regular old nail polish! Finally trying to make some small talk I said I have a party on Saturday "Saturday! Why you come today? This no last. You come on Saturday morning or Friday night, NOT TODAY!" Ok then.... at which point she said "no touch anything sit here for 20 minutes for polish to dry!" which is why I had asked for the manicure first!
Suffice it to say this is the first time I did not leave a tip for the worker also complained to the management on the behavior. I was offered a loyalty card which I declined won't be going back there any time soon...
So what does one do when one has a bit of time on their hands? One makes some summer clothes that what!!!
It all started when I purchased a purse for my granddaughter's first communion in a very light cucumber green, I love the purse but had precious little to wear it with, that was a problem. I bought some fabric to complement the purse, the floral print to make a pair of leggings, then the linen to make the "boyfriend" shirt, they looked great together!
The black spandex fabric was in the stash and earmarked for a specific shirt well I finally worked up the nerve to try it not with the results I was hoping for so when life throws you lemons what do you do? Make lemonade of course! Got my creative juices flowing, but first I slept on it because that is the way for me to get the best possible results in the end I decided to create some strips of the same fabric to insert into the shoulders and down the elbow length sleeve. The results were so good I added the same treatment to the sides just below the waist to the hem... well this led to the nude colour leggings just to make people do a double take to see if there are pants on or not LOL!! Got to have some fun!!
Now I had some of the floral fabric left over and thought it would make a nice top so this afternoon I got busy and in a couple of hours created the tank top! Did I mention the leggings are with no side seams and the each took about one hour to complete! Yes folks once you have a pattern that fits it takes no time at all to put together clothes. The tops took a little longer but then there are a lot of details on them. The linen top has a ribbon finishing at the neckline that was hand sewn plus it is all with flat-fell seams and topstitching. Click here to see pix
One of my students called me today teasing me saying that I will have time to make a whole new wardrobe by the time the next weekend retreat is here, well the joke was on her because that collection was already almost finished!! Next up is a pair of denim capris and a pink top that I have been toying with for a while and now I think I have a plan, stay tuned for updates!!
Have a great long weekend, hopefully it will be good weather.
Jill is working very hard at the pants with great success I might add! She came with a mock up of the newly adjusted pattern that fit PERFECTLY! "Now what am I supposed to teach?" I asked with a great big smile!
So we carried on with adding the pockets both front and back to the pants draft as well as the front fly zipper and then traced the pattern pieces. It had been 2 weeks since the last class and Jill was quite comfortable with starting a new draft, just zipped right through it but then we compared the pants back to the previous pattern and well there were a few issues with measuring accurately. By that I mean adding the front leg measurements to the back and then making the back adjustments, this is something I insist on for accuracy in fact on exams students lose marks if I don't see the front measurements transferred to the back. A good way of remembering that were indeed transferred is to mark them in a different colour pencil. All in all it was a great class.
I love it when students add to their homework and Jill really added to her homework!
Homework is to create storyboards of the front fly zipper, welts and pockets using mine as a guide. Trace the pattern pieces for the front and back including the pressing lines, pocket placements etc, please bring them with you the next time. Also pick different measurements and make a new draft adding in the front, back pocket placements and the front fly zipper.
Next class we will be creating a finished pair of pants including waistband so practice, practice, practice...
Hello ladies forgot something for your homework: THE TAILOR TACKS!!!
Please do many tailor tacks as we did in class; two methods - one through the tissue and one adjacent to the tissue. Try some curved lines, straight lines etc. All using folded fabric to clip the centre threads
The objective is to increase the speed, we don't want to spend a lot of class time on this because there is much to do to finish a garment and no we will not be using a tracing wheel on fabric :)
What a great weekend! Even though it was Mother's day and I scheduled work (my bad) in January thinking that Mother's day would fall last weekend, then proceeded to tell my students that "these dates are set and cannot be changed!" So I could not in all good conscience be a hypocrite and change the dates once I figured out my mistake!!! So we worked, and worked and worked
These ladies are making terrific progress so the next challenge will be to put together a finished garment they will actually wear. I am so happy at the enthusiasm in this class to go forward and learn it's contagious and seems to have re-energized even the teacher ;)
Peggy is doing an empire cut sheath dress with sleeves to the elbow with a Volant attached, she will line her dress
Karen is doing an empire cut with neckline pleats and short sleeves with similar detailing on the sleeve cap
Georgie is doing a flared mock princess cut dress with no sleeves
They will all be adding facings to finish the garment with the exception of Peggy who is going to line her dress.
Homework part 1
Yesterday once again had the pleasure of helping to judge the fashion component of the Skills provincial competition! This has been my third time doing this and the students never disappoint, they are given only one day to create a garment from start to finish, the are given a pattern and fabric but have to manipulate the pattern pieces to create an original design, this year it was a double breasted jacket with a specific collar that could not be changed, pockets and bound buttonholes.
They are judged on the pattern, how many changes they made, many aspects of garment construction, overall appearance and of course my 3 favourite F words; fabric, fit and finish!
There is talent among the student body some come up with pretty amazing designs and execution! Some struggle a bit with the construction, there are some who don't even get to finish....
Not sure why fashion is considered a peripheral course in the eyes of the government..... If one looks around how many people are there in the immediate vicinity, city, province, country? How many of said people are walking around naked? Last time I checked everyone was fully clothed, so why on earth are not more people being trained in garment construction? It is evident the will is there to learn on the part of the students, teachers are willing to teach but there is no standard to adhere to as far as quality of curriculum to reflect the needs/wants of the student body. So why not get experts in the field to consult on the best way to modify/expand the fashion curriculum to one that will train future tailors?
I have taken some steps to change this way of thinking by calling the minister of education to set up a meeting to discuss this problem. The team of judges all agreed that this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later so we will all march into the minister's office to have some real face time! If anyone agrees with me please feel free to leave comments and/or "like" this page on Fb. The only way we will see some change is if we remind the government who is really in charge here - the taxpayer who pays their wages, they are accountable to us so they have to listen and take appropriate action to make the changes necessary to improve this situation.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"