Well it's been a while since Isabella's last class, I really miss my students when I don't see them for a while so I was very happy today. Seems there is no place I would rather be than teaching....
Isabella completed her homework for the most part, what she didn't get we covered in class. What a smart cookie this young woman is! I had her try to draft a man's shirt on her own, no small feat for any pattern maker especially someone so young. She got part of the way and then stopped because she could not quite get the pattern, totally what I was expecting but I like to challenge my students because I won't always be there to guide them so I make them think!
Today we finished the raglan sleeve knit top with a rib-knit around the neckline, so I got Isabella to do a practice piece before attempting it and of course she did it very well! I even broke out my new cover stitch machine for her to try! Bet it's going on a wish list soon! I think her mom might be more than a little annoyed with me LOL! I have to show students how to professionally finish garments after all :)
Homework is to create a mock up of the man’s shirt, fit the model and make notes. Try to make another knit top for a sibling using the rib-knit for the neckline. Remove the sleeves on fleece top, open the side seams and replace the sleeves properly then close the seams before adding collar and zipper. Next class we will be covering the collar and cuffs for the man’s shirt, go over any necessary adjustments on the pattern and finalizing all the pattern pieces. Finish the fleece top by adding the collar and zipper.
Well last time I posted there was a death in the family and my husband went to Italy for the funeral, he's back now and brought back quite the souvenir; a cast on his arm!!! I thought he might bring back something less ostentatious!!
He fell down a flight of marble stairs from the top to the bottom! He was actually very lucky he didn't bang his head it could have been a very bad situation, as it is he fractured his elbow and has a soft cast on for a few weeks it seems. We will know more once we see the specialist here later this week.
So I'm not only the chief cook and bottle washer but also the chauffeur, dresser, undresser, cleaning lady etc along with teacher and pattern maker LOL! He actually does a lot of the cooking and cleaning when I'm working which is a really big help but for now I'm the jack of all trades!!
This doesn't mean the students who have classes scheduled will get a holiday, classes will go on as usual. You didn't think I would go soft did you?
Wow what a great class! Lorraine has a great understanding of pattern drafting, KUDOS!
Usually I do the shaping and making personal adjustments in two separate classes but in Lorraine's case I felt she would really understand the concept especially because she is a confident sewer to begin with so we added the dressmaker dart PLUS took into account the difference at the sides between the front and back AND the half shoulder width on the back to more accurately make a base dart that gives enough room for the bust on the front!
This is the cure for the affliction called "gaposis" at the armhole! Something most if not all women with a larger bustline suffer from! I have a video on youtube that shows the draft adjustments using actual measurements.
Another video that shows the fitting
Lorraine please take a look at these videos as a reference guide. Homework is to create a mock using pattern drafted in class with personal measurements. Draft another pattern using different measurements taking into account what the numbers are saying to make any necessary adjustments. If there is time draft a second pattern with different measurements again, the more you practice the better you will understand the role numbers play in fitting a garment even before any fabric is in the picture.
Have a good two weeks!
A big welcome to Lorraine! Yesterday was her first day of class and she did amazingly well with the basic block! It's funny how simple the basic block is but how essential it is to the successful execution of a pattern draft. Once the shaping is added and the measurements are taken into account the pattern will fit very well, not perfectly at first but any adjustments will be minor.
Homework will be draft a basic front and back using generic measurements and two basic front and back blocks using personal measurements.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"