What a class tonight!! We did have many technology issues today with the screen freezing, my audio not working at times but we overcame and finished the class!
We covered so much ground from discussing the warp and weft yarns in fabric to body issues and how to solve them then we went on to some stretch fabrics technology notwithstanding....
I showed Kerise how to figure out the stretch before drafting the pattern. Then we went on to do the math and I also did a demo on the pattern draft for knits/stretch which she was totally enthralled by!
There is homework:
Homework is to draft and sew a sleeveless mock-up using stretch fabric. Create or adjust a sheath mock-up from the last class to fit the body and make the necessary adjustments.
Great class last night with Amanda, she is starting her blazer exam! Yikes it's a lot of work in live classes let alone on Skype which is how Amanda has been doing her lessons.
Amanda got the mock up done so the class was on fitting the body, there were a few issues with it that were a direct result of incorrect measurements, this will happen from time to time so nothing to be worried about it will all come out in the wash...
During the class we took (I use the term we loosely, I explained, Amanda measured LOL) the measurements to find they were off so they were fixed, the biggest discrepancy was the bust height and half bust width, the rest were not bad.
We also discussed the pocket placement... I chuckled when Amanda wanted to know how to place the breast pocket, my answer was that no we will not be adding a breast pocket on the first blazer, it will be enough to do all the basting and padstitching for the first time let alone a breast pocket that has to be inserted BEFORE the canvas!
In any case it was all sorted out, the part that sucks is the homework:
Homework is to draft a new pattern using the updated measurements and create a new mock-up to fit the body again. Next class we will be going over the mock-up and the finalize the pattern pieces for the blazer.
I am so excited! The online classes will be starting October 1, 2020!
The pants are the first section that will be open for registration! In these courses students will start with the basic pattern draft for the front and back complete with the storyboards, yes the dreaded storyboards! They are a part of the course for two reasons 1) they get the students to practice
2) they are a great reference to use especially at the beginning rather than trying to do it from memory.
Anyway the courses have step-by-step videos on how to draft, mark, trace the pattern pieces; how to cut, mark and sew the mock-up plus the most important aspect of all HOW TO FIT THE BODY! I provide generic measurements for students to start with and then they will be drafting using personal measurements their own pants, how cool is that?!
The platform is Teachable, emails will be going out very shortly with all the details, pricing etc.
It has been a very steep learning curve I have to say... but so worth it in the end I feel such a sense of accomplishment. This is only the beginning, I plan to have all of book 1 online in good time...
It's always a pleasure teaching this young woman! She is working on the final exam for her certificate from Italy, the blazer! It is a very challenging job to create a blazer from "scratch", literally from a right angle, to a pattern, to a mock up, to a finished garment that fits.
She will do very well I know it even though we have not had a single live class! Amanda's lessons have all been using Skype. She has persevered and made many patterns/garments all while working full time, as anyone who has taken this program knows it's not for the faint of heart. I look forward to presenting her with the certificate of completion in the near future.
Homework is to re-do the side front of the blazer on the mock up as well as correct the master pattern and pattern pieces. Finish the mock up ready to fit on the body for next class when we will be finalizing the remaining pattern pieces for the canvas, front stay, lining, upper collar and facing.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"