Week 5 syllabus
Homework will be checked,
once approved students may cut the pleated skirt of their choice.
Class will begin sewing the skirts to the point of fitting them either by
machine or by hand. Once fit they
may leave and finish the skirt for homework by sewing the hemline first and
continuing as instructed in class based on their particular style.
For this Thursday please bring in your finished pattern pieces for the pleated skirt as well as the fabric of your choice, the skirts will be cut in class. If you are using a plaid this skirt will be cut free-hand. If you like you can bring your sewing machine otherwise you can sew your skirt by hand and machine stitch it at home. Also the skirt assignment is due, an asymmetrical lined skirt with waistband and zipper.
Hello to all my students who have registered for Saturday's class! You will have a blast and have new skirts to boot!
So please bring the following:
It was great fun and we all learned a lot! I hope the students enjoyed taking the classes as much as I enjoyed teaching them, it was a thrill to see all the students finish the garment by the end of the Marfy class I always enjoy seeing the different fabric choices and how they translate to the garment!
For the first time I had some technique classes, a front fly zipper installation and front pants pockets installation. They were both a blast! Next year I will challenge the students even further with techniques such as more pockets, more zippers or even teach some pad stitching on the lapels of jackets, how to add the twill tape to the roll line and around the edges, all the fun stuff that makes the jacket fit properly and shape to the body. I would appreciate any input on this subject please feel free to add comments or suggestions on future classes.
Take care and see you next ye
Well folks the competition is over, sadly our team did not win but did a FANTASTIC job on their garments! The theme was to create an ensemble that would transition from cold to warm climate with ease.
Our team created a beautiful houndstooth cape with lining and impeccably finished; a gorgeous raglan sleeve sweater with an asymmetrical hood, long sleeves and scarf that came from the hood; a empire cut sleeveless sundress with a lace mid-riff and some appliques. The whole look was very pulled together, elegant and most importantly wearable if anyone were to see this whole ensemble in a store they would purchase it without hesitation. In fact the girls could have taken orders on the show floor if they had the time! That speaks volumes to the dedication these ladies have to this art being part time students with full time jobs, families/school etc.
I applaud their efforts and look forward to next year's challenge.
A big thank you goes out to Amy for being a wonderful assistant!
Well day 1 of the competition is here and the hard deadlines have begun today the ladies were to have the dress ready to fit at 4:00 pm and they succeeded to fit the model by 5:10! I was still there and was able guide them through the fitting process even though I could not touch anything at all! The dress fit very well just a few alterations to be done, I expect that it will be finished by tonight. Amy will be covering my morning look-see as I will be in class and she will bring my up to speed with what is going on!
Keep you posted
Day 1 of the Festival and I feel great! We had a wonderful class today, the students were very enthusiastic and completed their tasks with flying colours! I was very proud of their progress and in the end they were very happy with the outcome. This class is particularly challenging to prepare for because I never know what fabrics and which pattern sizes are students will be working with. In the end it makes for very interesting teaching, I think the teacher sometimes learns more than the students :)
No matter it is a pleasure to teach this class every year. Talk to you soon with updates on the competition.
We have had several meetings and phone conversations with the team and I think they are super ready for the challenge! They all have great ideas and I have no doubt the execution will be second to none. The team is Linda Mings, Danielle Talaska and Dana Krampien (a beginner!). I am so excited to see the finished product and to present the garment to the rest of the classes.
GOOD LUCK LADIES AND BREAK A LEG!!!
Hello all sorry for the delay in writing!
Your homework is to practice the tailor tacking and basting. If you did not complete the mock up in class please finish it and send me a picture of the front and back if possible. My recommendation is to cut and mark another mock up with the tailor tacks, remember the stitches don't have to be very close together it is much faster if they are a little further apart, the marks will still be there and you will eventually only use the tacking on darts with the seams being marked only with the clips.
Because there are going to be 2 weeks between the classes please take the time to draft a couple of patterns as well using different measurements/styles, repetition is the key to success.
Have a great 2 weeks looking forward to the festival and seeing the final creation!
Hello all and sorry for the delay in writing this is the first 5 minutes I have had to do this!
Your homework for this week is to complete the assignment of the asymmetrical skirt of your choice from the 3 taken in class. The skirt has to be lined, with a waistband and zipper. The other part is to finish the pleated skirt pattern if you haven't done so in class, also pick a pleated skirt you would like to wear and finish the master pattern as well as the pattern pieces. Your choices are on the syllabus including the plaid skirt that may also be cut free-hand using the plaid lines as the guide. Bring your choices (patterns) into the next class for approval please.
Looking forward to an exciting festival this year, can't wait to share the experience as well as the garment with the class!
Hello all my students just so you don't think that I am placing unrealistic expectations on you, I place the same expectations on myself only more...... Yesterday I sewed a skirt with pleats out of a poly/wool fabric, drafted the pattern around 2:00 pm, cut and tailor tacked (yes tailor tacked!) the pattern pieces and sewed in its entirety in less than 3 hours! I was home having dinner by 5:40. This is the aim for you to be able to cut a skirt in the morning and wear it in the afternoon :)
Keep up the good work and get that homework done!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"