This has been a wonderful summer so far this year! The weather has been perfect with sunny days makes one feel great! I haven't been sewing quite as much as I would like but made up for lost time today, I finished some curtains that have been waiting for my attention so I bit the bullet and did them all today! Made me feel really good.
I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a 6 hour workshop at the Creativ Needlework Festival this fall called Demistify Marfy patterns. Students will be learning all about how to compare personal measurements with the pattern and make the necessary adjustments before cutting. The top is a beautiful, soft, loose fitting but fitted at the same time with embellishments on the sleeves and neckline. I already have the fabric to make this top in a sheer chiffon with a sequin cami and use the same sequins as the embellishments! Can't wait to see it on and the best part is that it can be finished the same day!
Have a great one
Hello all and thank you for a wonderful year so far! It is truly my privilege to teach such talented group of ladies!
While you are on summer break in order to get ready for September and best utilize the class time please create 30 bodices, tunic length so they can effectively be used for collar story boards plus you will not lose the momentum in drafting. I know 30 sounds like a lot but if you do one every day until September you will keep up your skills and they will be finished without being stressed out.
Create the bodices as follows using your personal measurements:
10 sheath - 3 bodice backs with fish eye darts, 7 just plain with no darts
10 princess - cut 3 bodice backs with fish eye darts, 7 just plain with no darts
10 mock princess - cut 3 bodice backs with fish eye darts, 7 just plain with no darts
Please join them together and make the armhole adjustments ready for sleeves. Be sure to leave enough paper at the centre front to add facings, also at the top (point A) to add collar. Effectively leave about 30 cm on both those sides.
I will post what you will need for the first day of class, we will be going right into adding facings and re-visiting sleeves
Hello all, sorry for the delay in writing.... For the second last week of class (hard to believe!) your homework is to study for the exam. Go over the bodice draft taking into account the armhole adjustments for the sleeve. Go over the set in sleeve draft and be sure you completely understand the relationship between the armhole and sleeve cap as well as the sleeve variations and the adjustment for the larger upper arm. There will also be questions and please bring in different colour pencils/highlighters.
As I had mentioned in class for module 5 you will be required to create more mock-ups so please check out sales this week at Fabricland for the best prices. During the summer break and to best utilize the class time in module 5 I would like each of you to please create about 30 bodice fronts and backs in your personal measurements, the front should be only with the base dart, some to the apex and some to right for a side dart. The backs should be just plain with no darts or shaping to be finished in class. These will be used for storyboards on collars and more sleeves namely the two piece sleeve.
Hello all, great class last night! For your homework this week please draft a dress with princess lines on both front and back in your size along with one sleeve that has a dart at the elbow and one sleeve with a gathered sleeve cap. You are to do a draft only not a mock up in fabric. Next week we will be drafting the dress on page 74 with the gores and tracing the pattern pieces as well as marking them ready to be cut. We will be doing the set-in sleeve as well. This is the week before the exam so please have any questions ready to ask if there are things that are still a bit foggy. The exam will consist of drafting a bodice front and back plus a master sleeve and several variations you will have 2 hours to complete it. Good luck but you won't need it, you know all the materials!!
Hello all your homwork for week 3 is to create a tunic top with set in sleeves
in your personal size. Either the sheath or princess lines are fine, do
whichever is giving you the most trouble and write down any questions that
arise as you are drafting to ask in class on Monday. For the students who will
be away next week please try to create a sleeve with the larger upper arm
adjustment as well as the flared sleeve as I explained it to you in class.
Next week we will be creating the blouses on page 44 with the double base dart
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"