Tuesday October 1, 2013 I was invited to appear on Daytime Simcoe television program.
They contacted me to go on the air and discuss the elusive well fitting pants!
The show airs live at 11:00 am and taped at 4:00 and 11:00pm.
I will appear with a neighbour/friend for whom I made a pair of pants to show the difference between off the rack fit and custom fit, and what a difference there is! The other topics of discussion will be what to look for when purchasing pants, how they should be altered to fit better, different fabrics and how they affect the hang and how to care for your pants.
Women have several choices when it comes to choosing how to acquire their pants; they can opt for off the rack and hope for the best, order custom pants (not as expensive as one might expect) or learn to sew their
own. The last option is not as hard as one may think, once the pattern is perfected it’s a matter of copying it
in different colours. The pants section of the European Pattern and Garment Making program starts in January
2014. This is the most comprehensive pattern drafting and sewing program north of the GTA and the only
flat pattern drafting method taught in the Italian tradition of excellence.
The beginner skirts course is starting on Friday October 4, 2013 and there is still room in the class! This is the very best place to start pattern drafting as it is the easiest to understand while familiarizing oneself with the tools of the trade, learning fabric properties and basic sewing
Hello all and welcome back to the class! It was great fun last night catching up with everyone.
Your homework for this week is to cut a mock up of the asymmetrical skirt drafted in class and bring it in next week for a fitting. Once the fitting is complete the class will continue with drafting one master back and two asymmetrical fronts one with added rouching and one with pleats on the left side as shown on page 13 of your book.
Please consider volunteering for the Project Catwalk competition on October 25,26 and 27. If I don't get 3 people we will have to forfeit the competition. I will need to know as soon as possible.
Hello again! Book 2 is now for sale on the class registration page for $130 by credit card on paypal. Or it can be purchased in class by cash or cheque for $125.
Thank you in advance.
Hello all and welcome back to the class! I can't tell you how excited I am to be entering into this second phase of your studies!
Fasten your seat belts I have some wonderful surprises in store for you. Just today I put together the first skirt you will be sewing, wrap your heads around asymmetry it will serve you well. There are some upcoming events in 2014 that are VERY EXCITING details to follow in class. For the first class just bring in your kits and paper, drafting only the first night.
Brand new beginner courses starting in October for the first instruction book only 15 spots available so register early to avoid disappointment!
It is truly a privilege for me to teach these classes the students get so much out of them and I get just as much in return from the students. It is a very positive learning experience for all involved, everyone gains a new perspective on their own bodies as they learn how to fit garments on their classmates. They see that not all bodies are created equal and there is no "category" or "type" learning how to enhance the positives rather than hide the negatives. This is so much more than a sewing course, it's a confidence builder
because when we look good, we feel good. The class motto is:
The clothes must fit the body, not the body fit the clothes.
Students learn that the body, like the person is an individual and should
not be pigeon holed into a "type" or "category", they learn this by fitting
each other in class. Students are challenged to go outside their comfort
zone and try garments they would have otherwise overlooked. In the end
they are very pleasantly surprised and are wearing more tailored/fitted
garments than before. They are taught to enhance the positives rather
than hide the negatives under baggy/larger garments that alone increases
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"