It was a cool class last Thursday! I mean that in the figurative as well as the literal sense of the word! The furnace broke down, when I arrived it was 8 degrees inside brrrr!! I called the person in charge of the hall and she promptly came to find the problem, well it could not be fixed that day so they improvised and brought in space heaters, they helped a bit, by the time the hall started to heat up it was time to leave! Sometimes one can't win for losing LOL!
The class went ahead anyway, we all usually have a blazer or sweater with us but this time none of us did because it's usually too hot in there, like I said, can't win... The students are troopers though and didn't give up, one good thing with it being quite cool, everyone was awake through the whole class! Between the space heaters and hot coffee we made it through the class with THREE brand new patterns for them to learn in 3 hours.
We started off with grading the pleated skirts which turned out FANTASTIC by the way! Then we covered the semi-circle skirt with full circle flounces, two formulas in one, love this skirt. Discussed the properties of the fabric and design at length to understand how they work together and how they impact the finished garment, sometimes one has to "read the tea leaves" so to speak to have the best possible outcome.
The class also got to learn how to add a crotch to a skirt pattern to make gauchos, talk about going in a totally different direction, they got it right away!
The third section was completely different as it was from the old version of Book 2 so the class didn't even have the benefit of looking at it on their own time, I sent them a picture by email to print and bring to class and that was all they knew about the project. Anyway we analyzed it and now there is homework!
Homework is to:
So I have been having laptop issues again, the second time in a month that it has been in the shop! I actually started writing this post that sounded much better then the stupid thing decided to shut down without any notice at all! It just went dead then started up again... I'm not happy with this.
Anyway I really don't like not communicating with my students for an extended period of time...
This down time I kept myself busy by making a bunch of throw pillows for my couches, Fabricland had a great sale on the pillow forms so I took advantage of it and used up a bunch of fabrics I had in my stash, even used some trim!
The other things I did were some home dec alterations for a very good client, don't usually take those on but made an exception in this case. The alterations consisted of making 2 bedskirts, one queen and one king size, lengthening a Roman shade I had made for her a few years ago (she changed location of the shade to a longer window), made a square pillow into a rectangle plus removed and replaced an elastic waistband on a skort.
Made a skirt to show the class on Thursday what is expected of them when they work on this assignment over the Holidays. It's from the old version of Book 2 with only one back vertical seam, the rest are circular that begin on one side of the back seam and end at the hem and eventually on the other side of the back seam! Clear as mud huh?!
Hopefully this will be the last time I have issues with this laptop...
Take care and stay safe
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"