Hello ladies, as promised this is an intense module. For this week please continue with the pad stitching on the undercollar as shown in class. I would like to have the jackets basted together for fitting and stitching in class next week. We will also be adding pockets right in class so please bring your sewing machines. Also if you have not underlined your jacket please be sure to interface the pocket opening. Once this is done the rest will go very quickly.
If anyone has a sleeve board and they can bring it in it would help speed up the process of pressing. I will bring in an extra iron as well.
Keep up the good work and I will show you a few short cuts to add the lining and finish the jacket. It will be much easier than you think to do
These girls are AMAZING! They cut, marked, sewed and wore gored skirts in less than one day! I am very proud of these young women and how far they have come in such a short time. My beginner as well did an amazing job of her mock up. Next week it's the pencil skirt for her.
For next class please bring in fabric of your choice to create a circle or semi-circle skirt. Be sure it's a soft, drapy fabric so it will hang well. You will also need a zipper and some interfacing for the waistband.
I also want you to start thinking of the original skirt for the following week which is the last class and the skirt that will be marked so you will be entirely on your own, I will be there as an observer only. Please bring in a sketch for the original skirt with you next week so I can look at it and give you advice on fabric selection and work involved. The skirt must be an original design that you create, it can incorporate any of the skirt styles you have studied up until now. For example; you can have a semi-circle skirt with a yoke or with points, like a handkerchief skirt, you can add volants or gather the waist, make it assymetrical..... It's your choice, you know how fond I am of creative thinking :)
For your homework please cut out the fashion fabric and if any underlining. If you are using a fusible underlining please fuse it together and mark your pattern pieces ready to pad-stitch. It is very important this is done or the blazer will not be finished on time. There were a few fit issues and sleeve issues get them resolved on paper before cutting the fabric.
Next week bring in your sewing kit, same colour thread, batting, all the pattern pieces and the lining pieces on paper only. Remember the centre back lining has to have a 3 cm pleat for added comfort.
Hello all this is the final week of module 1. Congratulations on a job well done! This week once again your only homework is to study the drafts, you will be asked to draft a skirt in it's entirety also to add changes made to create other skirts so bring in different colour pencils. The volant will be on the exam as well as the circle/semi-circle skirt. There will also be some questions.
Please look under helpful hint page for the instructions for the volants and circle skirts. If you like print the page and keep it as a reference.
Hello all, just wanted to say what an amazing job students are doing in the class on Saturdays! Nov. 6 in only 3 hours students created a bias skirt and nearly finished the whole thing! The only task left to do is the hem and I am confident they will have that done in no time. A bias skirt is tricky because of the nature of the bias stretch but they were troopers and worked with it until it was done.
Next week a camera crew will be coming to film the class for a segment on an Italian talk show, not sure when it will be aired, I will be sure to post it on this site.
For next class we will be creating a gored skirt, students will create the draft in Monday's class and use it on Saturday. They expressed a desire to create a mermaid style gored skirt so the best fabric is something with a weight to it so it can drape nicely, also a solid colour so no print matching will be necessary, making life much easier. Please bring at least 2 lengths of desired fabric if it is 150 cm wide, more if it is more narrow.
That's all good luck next week and we will
Hello ladies, your homework for this week is to trace the pattern pieces for the blazer adding in the grainlines, notches etc. leave the lining and interfacing pieces until class next week I will advise how to proceed with tracing those at that time. Please bring in the master pattern as well.
Create a mock up of the jacket ready to be fit in class. Pre-shrink your fabric, lining and anything that will be used on the inside of the jacket. There are instructions at the front of the book on how to pre-shrink wool if you would like to so so. Please bring the materials to class as well next week.
This module is going to be pretty intense so if possible come early so we can start right away or we will be staying later.
The marking will be as follows:
Consider the whole module an exam.
This is going to be short and sweet there is no homework for this week!!! Be prepared for next week we will be covering circle skirts and volants along with the mermaid/gored skirt. So bring paper and lots of it!
The pattern will have been created in class on a Monday fit and will be used to create a bias skirt on Saturday. It is literally 2 seams with a zipper and waistband. Students will use a plaid or print of their choice for this project. They will also be challenged to create a new pattern each for another person with different measurements, one of them is for me! It is such a treat teaching these young people such a wonderful art that is running the risk of becoming obsolete.
Hello there students, please check out the helpful hints page to see the basic terminology sheet handed out on Monday, this is just in case you didn't receive one please use the one posted, you can print it (at least I think you can!) as these will be on Monday's test.
Hello ladies once again you went above and beyond! Job well done. Your homework for this week is to create the pattern on page 14, the mermaid skirt. Remember to look at the changes made from the base draft, the 4 cm on top are there to create a lower rise skirt. Some of you asked if you can do a mock up of the bias skirt, I agreed so look at the graphic on page 14 for the cutting layout and just create the front and back with only the side seams leaving an opening at the left side where the zipper would be on the real skirt.
Study the following for your test:
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"