The pants sewing course is up and running!
This is the third course for beginners to learn how to draft and sew their own pants that fit!
Take advantage of the opening special of 15% off the registration until November 6, 2020, go to https://le-grand-chic-italia-school-of-fashion.teachable.com/courses for more information. There are pricing plans to suit every budget!
In this course students will learn so much more than just sewing a pair of pants, they will learn how to install a lapped zipper, how to slip-stich a blind hem, how to properly install a waistband plus a bonus lesson on how to install a facing instead of a wasitband if that is the preference. If you want to use a commercial pattern, that's fine too, the important thing is you will have learned many tricks of the trade that commercial patterns don't provide in their instructions.
I would highly recommend drafting your own pattern but in the end it's your decision, you have to do what you are comfortable with. If you do choose to take the pattern drafting route then there is a treat for you, a discount on the tools when you register for the drafting course. This is probably the best time to challenge yourself with something new, learn a new skill that will give you a lifetime of well fitting clothes you will love to wear!
Well these ladies are speed demons when it comes to pattern drafting! I decided to challenge them and have them draft out 2 patterns instead of 1 yesterday, I gave them one hour each to draft an asymmetrical skirt with rouching on the left princess seam and one with pleats on the same side. They had to draft a new master pattern then create the pattern pieces for each skirt from that. We had a discussion on various asymmetrical styles based on the week before and they came up with 8 different styles then I did a demo and they started drafting. The long and the short of it is they were done by 3:15!!! 45 minutes ahead of schedule!!! They work so fast that I have to up my game, they are challenging me to come up with new and improved lessons.
Homework is to create two mock ups from the patterns created in class these will be fit on the body in the morning. Please choose ONE of the styles worked on in the last two classes, this is your assignment for the AM.
PLUS we will be learning how to chalk a pattern on the fabric cut and sew it together also in its entirety in the afternoon. Please have enough fabric for a simple pencil skirt in a solid colour as well as a zipper and button to complete the task. This is an add-on to the syllabus to learn some short cuts in pattern making. You will be allowed to use a tracing wheel and paper to mark your fabric unless you prefer to tailor tack or the fabric is too thick for the tracing wheel to go through... I'm not so mean after all... :)
Anyway great job ladies!
Great start to the new semester in a brand new book!
The blazers were graded and everyone did exceptionally well, the grade was made up of 50% fit and 50% workmanship. I can tell you that everyone received the full marks for the fit, very proud of these ladies!
Also the class received their certificates of completion from Italy, well deserved after 2 years of work. Congratulations!!!
We started off with asymmetry in skirts, they surprised me with the speed and accuracy with which they completed the task of the first asymmetrical skirt pattern! We even finished a bit early which is unheard of in these classes, usually we run overtime...
There is homework,
Homework is to create a mock-up of the skirt on page 12. Be sure to have the over/under laps on the bottom part of the skirt.
Because you are such great students, I asked you to think of a new asymmetrical skirt style using what you learned in class, you came up with two ideas now I would like you to come up with 2 more ideas that will be conducive to the style we learned yesterday.
I hope you remember what was discussed because I do and I want to have 4 different styles next class. This is only a conceptual exercise not be drafted or sewn.... yet... You may use the designs discussed in class as well as two more new ones.
So far 2020 has been a year of, shall we say uncertainty, one bright spot is Amanda on Skype always with a bright smile and a willingness to learn more stuff! For this I thank you Amanda!
We are working on the blazer, the open book exam to complete book 1, the work has already begun with the pattern draft but now the REAL bespoke work begins with hand basting the canvas to the jacket front and then everyone's favourite; the pad-stitching!! I told Amanda to find a favourite movie or three for each side, relax and enjoy the ride LOL!!
Homework is to finish basting the other side of the jacket to the canvas following the work already done, adding the front stay to the canvas in the same manner as the first side. Continue with the pad-stitching on the lapels as shown in class. Do a practice piece first cut the same shape as the collar to see if there are any issues. The pad-stitching is to follow the roll line in the collar fall and horizontal on the collar stand.
Install the pocket by cutting the canvas around the pocket opening for the installation, that is the only difference between the storyboard and the jacket. The next step is to hand baste together the jacket together to fit the body including one of sleeves.
The next step is to add the twill tape to the centre front using a catch stitch and tacking the canvas to the pockets as well as the princess seam which will be done in class as well as a demo on how to baste the shoulder incline together, there is a specific method to do this.
Finally back to school for this great group of ladies! They are starting with Book 2,
"La Modellista" or the pattern maker. This book presents students with new challenges starting with asymmetrical skirts, if anyone knows anything about asymmetry then they can understand the challenges of trying to keep everything straight! Students will be working essentially backwards when looking at the front head on, the left is the right and the right is the left! Add to that a lining and then it's backwards again making it forward, does that make any sense??? But this is what tailors and pattern makers for ladies wear are faced with on a daily basis, I guess this is why we see things a bit differently than the rest of the world LOL!!
Anyway we will also be looking at pleats, some rouching in the asymmetry as well as cutting a plaid on the bias to make a whole new design. Just to keep things interesting I have added a skirt from the very old book 2 in a circular design with only one back seam! I think this group will be challenged plenty don't you?
Can't wait to get started!
Well I must say the mock up fit exceptionally well today!! There are a few minor adjustments that need to be done but that is to be expected when creating a blazer. This is the stage when many decisions are made regarding the width of the lapel, length of the jacket/sleeves, pocket placement etc...
Amanda did such a good job on drafting this blazer that the adjustments are minimal.
Homework is to pre-shrink the fabrics and press them when dry, cut the jacket pieces out and mark them with tailor tacks using red thread on the roll line on all pieces. Sew together the front pieces only and press them ready to add the canvas next class, there will be basting!
All the pattern pieces must be marked with tailor tacks for the blazer construction.
We will also be covering the pad-stitching on the under collar. Be prepared for a lot of hand sewing in the very near future!!! I like to put on a movie or three while pad-stitching the lapels it becomes almost relaxing... that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I am so excited to be starting on a new adventure in my work! It has been a very steep learning curve to the point it hasn't started to crest yet, but a good one, keeps those brain cells hopping LOL!!
So many things that don't even enter one's mind that need to be done for online classes, there are no physical borders but there are documents to be filled out such as the US tax form... well I thought our Canadian forms were convoluted, they don't hold a candle to this one! But I got it done.
The other thing is the attention one has to pay to details that in a live class are dealt with organically as they occur, not so for online, I had to imagine every possible scenario and question I may be asked and answer them on the videos and with supporting documents. I only hope that the answers are as clear to the students as they are to me!
The Launch special pricing is being held over until October 3, 2020 on both the courses and the tools. If you are thinking about registering I would encourage you to take advantage of the discounts.
I already have 6 students registered!
A very short class last night! We discussed many things to do with knit/stretch fabrics, how to take into account the stretch and reduce the pattern accordingly. There are a few ways of accomplishing this, the most straightforward way is to actually place a pin the fabric, hold the end down at the end of the measuring tape and pull to see how much it actually stretches. This, to me is the best way of doing it because there are so many fabrics out there with so many different stretch factors that no one rule/formula can apply to them all.
Kerise found this out the hard way when she combined two methods and came up with a very small garment LOL! She went against the little voice in her head telling her not to and guess what, the voice was right! I always tell my students not to second guess themselves, the first instinct is usually the right one and then they start thinking....
Great job anyway I'm sure the next one will be perfect!
There is homework:
Homework is to draft a new pattern using the proper shrinkage for the stretch fabric and create a mock up.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"