Wishing all my readers a very Happy religious Holiday (whatever it may be) filled with good food, family, friends, good health, laughs and good times; Happy New Year filled with prosperity and only good things for 2017 and each year after that.
My wish is for a world that will end the year better than it began.
See you in the new year!
Another great class with Andrew especially after last week I had to cancel because I was sick. This week we had a double class to sew together a dress for his sister. In four hours this young man cut, sewed, finished with facings a sheath dress; the first dress ever that he has sewn!!! How cool is that!
Andrew is very diligent at taking notes and taking pictures/videos of demos so he can refer to them at home. He is very meticulous in his work and will be an excellent tailor for both men's and women's wear, he understands the draft very well and is really grasping all the makings and directions on the pattern pieces. I am very happy he decided to include ladies wear into his repertoire, he even said that I am 1000% right is saying that women's clothing is much more complicated than men's wear to construct and fit. Glad to hear once in a while I get something right LOL!!!
Homework is to finish the hem by serging slip stitching in place, finish the facings by tacking down with strategically placed slip stitches. Also make another mock up in a different cut but finished in the same manner, with neckline and armhole facings. Different measurements would also be helpful.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year along with your family, see you in 2017!
What a wonderful young woman this student is, so calm and collected when working! Last time I asked Isabella to make a mock princess cut mock up along with other things, she completed her homework assignments with ease. I had her try on the mock up to check the fit and it was PERFECT! To the point I thought we had sewn it in class, but no she just sewed the paper pattern for practice. I was floored how perfect the seams were!
When asked which she finds easier drafting the pattern or sewing the garment, Isabella replied "both" she finds the sewing easy because she can see how it goes together by drafting the pattern pieces so it makes sense to her. This makes me very happy that a novice sewer finds garment construction easy!
Homework is to create a princess mock up using personal measurements, the adjusted mock ups for mom and sister. We will see you in the new year.
In the meantime have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with love, happiness and good health, hopefully Santa will be good to you!
This year everyone is getting something that was made by me! I didn't have the energy to go out and shop, only for the ladies of the family did I end up buying something the rest all got home-made gifts. This cold has taken so much out of me it's not even funny!
The gentlemen are all getting a silk scarf that was already planned from the fall because wool scarves seem to pill very easily with the beard rubbing against them so silk seemed to be a viable option and guess what; IT WORKS!!! I made a couple for my husband and he has been wearing one of them every day with great success no pilling whatsoever!
The children are getting some new clothes, no toys from nonna and nonno this year! I made a couple of jumpers for the oldest and the youngest girl and a cute girly skirt for the middle girl. The little grandson is getting a coat that I happen to come across through my daughter, so now all that's left to do is to add some tights and wrap the gifts!
Not much to tell, I have been sick with a cold and something that's going around. It's been a couple of weeks that I have been feeling kind of not myself and finally this week I had to give in and admit that I have a cold/flu something! My "if I ignore it, it doesn't exist" theory somehow didn't seem to want to work so this morning I broke down and to the walk in clinic in Barrie.
If I ran my business like they run the clinics I would have been out of business so long ago it's not even funny! The clinic is supposed to open at 10 am, fantastic, I get there at about 9:50 expecting a few people in line already and sure enough there were 4 people ahead of me. Not bad in my mind I'm thinking about 15 minutes per person I would be there an hour or so, I can live with that. Well the girl waltzes in at 10:05 to open. We wait outside in the freezing cold a further 5 minutes for her to turn on lights and get things going! There is only one girl who has to do EVERYTHING, sign people in, triage them, answer phones and help people who are picking up meds at the pharmacy!
The doctor waltzes in there at 10:30ish taking his sweet time, the pharmacist shows up 10 minutes later.... When I had the restaurant and opened at 5 am I was in there at 4:30 to turn everything on and get coffee ready etc, wouldn't it make sense to be there EARLY to get things going and be fully staffed especially during flu season on a Saturday morning????? Our tax dollars at work!
So I wait and wait and wait for my turn, in the meantime I see people walk in, check in and are escorted to the see the doctor right away. hmmmm this is not right, so I asked the girl what is going on and she said with a big smile "we are taking appointments now so you don't have to wait to see the doctor" REALLY???? DID THEY NOT THINK TO SHARE THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF INFORMATION????
Two and a half hours later with only FOUR people ahead of me I finally see the doctor for five minutes. All is well that ends well, I have a sinus infection so on drugs now to get rid of it, Merry Christmas to me!!!!
.....so I keep Skyping with Antonia and she keeps giving me assignements! Does that tell me something?
My next assignment is to create a pattern and button down shirt with contrasting, hidden placket at the centre front as well as contrasting collar and cuffs. Sounds simple enough but I bet it's not!
I happen to have some light peach shirting in 100% cotton with some black cotton sheeting, pays to have a "stash"! I'm hoping to get it done before Christmas, what do you think? Is it possible? Stay tuned I will keep you posted!
Have a good one!
Hooray! Andrew has seen the value of making bespoke garments for women! I have been trying to explain the importance of knowing how to make ladies wear as well as men's wear and finally after several months he has seen things my way! A tailor doesn't necessarily only have to make evening or bridal wear for women, there are a lot of professional women who need suits and dresses to wear to work, they want to look stylish but professional and at the same time be comfortable while sitting at a desk or in front of people making presentations, the list can go on..... I think he has made a wise decision in not eliminating half the population from his repertoire!
So for this week your homework is to create mock ups for mom and sister with adjusted pattern pieces and fit them. I will need to see either pictures or meet on Skype to assess the fit.
Also please purchase knit fabric as well as some rib-knit for finishing neckline and armholes to make a sleeveless shirt using personal measurements, cut out pattern pieces that were drafted in class ready to use the following week. The rib-knit is sold in the form of a tube so you will need to purchase only 30 cm, it can be the same colour as the fabric or it can contrast, that part is up to you.
Have a great week!
Job well cone Fola! Yesterday was the first time Fola ever sewed a dart! Congrats you did a great job! Garment making is a very steep learning curve for someone who has no knowledge at all but the student has no bad habits to break so a clean slate to mold into a tailor. Fola created a perfect pattern for herself on her first try, amazing!
Your homework is to duplicate today’s class at home making another pencil skirt in a woven fabric, take in skirt that was made in class 1.5 cm on each side, purchase a package of waistband elastic to install in the skirt, ask for help at Fabricland they all know me at the Barrie store so they will be able to guide you in the right direction. You understood how important the fabric width is in determining the amount of fabric needed for the project so I would recommend you take the pattern pieces with you and place them on the fabric to see if you have enough. This excercise will clarify even further how to purchase fabric. You will need an extra 10 cm for the waistband.
Have a great couple of weeks!
.I haven't had a lot of time to post on my blog because I had another project on the go that I wanted to finish to wear yesterday. What was the occassion you might ask? My answer to that question is simply nothing special I went to a medical conference for my mom, it's an annual thing the do at nursing homes, which is great because I talk to al her cargivers; eight in total and ask questions, clarify things and bring things to their attention. There was one thing that I took great delight in telling them about one of the caregivers who went way above and beyond the call of duty by staying with my mom in the emergency department on her own time after work! I live too far away to just go there and this happened on the day the intensive students were to arrive which put me in a bit of a predicament. My children were either working or away and could not leave so Mirella took it upon herself to stay with my mom who was really scared of being alone and not understanding what the doctors were saying. Well Mirella saved the day by not only staying with her also buying my mom some dinner as my mom is diabetic and can't stay without eating on time as any diabetic should not. It's stories like this that don't make the news unfortunately only catastrophes are reported that's why I chose to write about this to say there are good people out there if we only take the time to look.
So back to my latest project I made a new outfit, jacket and skirt since my last posting, the skirt is nothing to write home about only a pencil skirt that I chalked on the fabric didn't even make a pattern for it and it fits great! The really nice thing is the jacket that was made out of some fabric I have had for about 5 years and a few scraps of black boiled wool left over from my daughter's coat.
I love the pockets! They are sewn on the inside, not an easy feat for patch pockets, because the jacket has rounded lines I could not see straight pockets so a design feature was born LOL! You can see in the picture the shape and detail, just to be different. The other thing is the large covered buttons I felt there needed to be something to break up the black so they seemed to be a good option.
Well this very young lady never ceases to amaze me! She understands the concept of pattern drafting better than someone twice hear age! On Monday Isabella had all her homework done, 2 mock ups to fit and she came complete with models! Overall the fit was good, there were a few tweaks evident on the master pattern but nothing that could not be recitfied. I keep telling students that all the pattern draft is are lines on paper that can be erased and by making mistakes one learns even more so don't berate yourself or feel ashamed if something does go wrong, it's by far the BEST learning. Some of the most interesting design features and new concepts come from mistakes because in the words of Tim Gunn one has to "make it work!"
Homework will be to draft new patterns for mom and sister for sheath dress taking into account the adjustments and using correct ½ bust measurement, draft a mock princess dress and create a mock up using personal measurements. The back is a sheath back we will be covering the princess back at another time. \
Have a great two weeks!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"