A great big THANK YOU to all my students who made it through sleet, snow, rain and shine to get to class every Wednesday and some on Thursday. It has been a pleasure to teach you for the duration of the course. I am sincerely hoping that you will all come back in September to finish the book and really know all about pattern drafting.
I will be holding summer sewing classes so we can put to use all the valuable information we learned over the course of the year.
Also anyone who is interested in taking these intermediate classes is welcome, registration will be open soon. There are beginner classes as well in the form of a complete course to learn to sew.
Hello all, sad to say there is only one more class left in this module then we are off for the summer! The time has gone by VERY quickly.
For this week all you have to do is study for your exam. The best way to do this is to create a couple of bodice drafts and sleeve drafts without the book. Your exam will be closed book and there will also be questions. You will be required to draft a bodice front and back along with a set-in sleeve and some sleeve variations. The measurements will be included in the exam paper, same as last module.
Good luck everyone, you already know it all so don't overthink it and second guess yourself. The most important thing is to get into the habit of comparing the draft to the measurements.
Hello all and congratulations for a job well done last night! I am very proud of all of you on your progress and retention of the bodice draft!
Because you are all so capable, your homework is to draft a bodice front and back in a large size with the sleeve adjusted for a larger upper arm as shown last night. Do only the master bodice, no need to trace the pattern pieces. The sleeve must be completed with the adjustments and have it taped on another piece of paper to stabilize it. Be prepared to explain the procedure.
The other part of your homework is to create a mock-up of the princess line dress that was drafted in class complete with sleeves. No need to tailor tack, tracing wheel is acceptable. I would STRONGLY reccommend basting the pieces in place before machine stitching. Please bring the mock up to class for a fitting and show and tell!
On the master add in your personal adjustments BEFORE tracing the pattern pieces. Perhaps use a different colour to highlight the adjustments.
Hello all, now how easy is a sleeve? You all caught on so very well last night, very proud of you!
For your homework please create a sheath top only to the hip line using your personal measurements with a short sleeve. If you like you can create the flared sleeve as I demonstrated last night as well using your measurements. For next week I am hoping to have some sewing demos, so for your own records you can bring in a recording device and tape the demo to use at a later date.
Hello ladies, I will try to clarify the raglan sleeve further next week prior to starting the set-in sleeve. For homework please draft the top on the hand out only the top one DO NOT TRY THE BOTTOM ONE using your personal measurements. Do the draft in the form of a story board:
step 1) base draft with the sleeve incline only
step 2) base draft with sleeve incline and the markings only
step 3) base draft with steps 1 & 2, now connect the dots and complete the draft
step 4) all of the above and now include the back
Next week I will show you what to trace to come up with the pattern pieces and how to put the sleeve together on paper. Seeing this procedure will clear up a lot of issues. The important thing with the raglan sleeve is not to overthink it, rely more on your eye rather than the measurements shown. The procedure is very fluid and not very technical.
have a great week
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"