Well ladies I have been lacking in posting updates, sorry! Day 3 the ladies started on their bodice drafts with shaping to better understand the principles behind the shaping as well as get started on the princess lines. They drafted, cut and sewed the lining ready to try on in the afternoon. Once they fit the lining they made further changes on the pattern pieces and master pattern. Once that was done we drafted and sewed a semi-circle skirt complete with lapped zipper! Students got to install the waistband at home that evening.
Everyone was bright and eager to sew the dress! The dress was cut, marked and sewn together with minimal difficulty. In the afternoon students were given a tutorial on how to install an invisible zipper which they found very easy, anything can be done with the right equipment and the little plastic invisible zipper foot really makes a difference in the ease and accuracy as to how the zipper is installed.
The alterations on the lining are done, the invisible zipper has been installed, they did a professional job the zipper was totally hidden into the seam. Students were taught how to install the lining at the neckline properly and were very happy with the outcome of both the fit and finish of the neckline! Once the dresses were pressed and they were tried on the ladies were very happy and commented that it felt like they were wearing nothing, this is how a garment should fit (FYI)! By afternoon they were ready to finish the armholes with facings if only to learn how to both draft and install facings, they are to finish this task at home. At the end of the day the ladies hemmed each others' circle skirts which they finished beautifully at the waistband only to be told they will be taken apart and a silk chiffon layer will be added to the linen! I think they fainted when they were told this was one of the tasks to be done at home.
In the end the accomplished so much work it would blow your mind to try and quantify it! In 10 days they drafted and sewed the following:
Ladies it was my pleasure to teach you a few things I hope you had a bit of fun in the process!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"