Today we had a 3 hour class felt more like a 3 minute class! We started off with a Q and A session on sleeves to finish off the last class and give them more insight as to how the sleeves work in order to prepare the class for more homework to include sleeves. Remember if you don't use it, you lose it. This is not going to happen on my watch! In fact I have been saving some sleeve samples on a Pinterest board called "Class examples" check it out you might find a challenge you would like to try!
We then started on the new chapter, pants. Pants are the same basic block for women as they are for men, they are pretty easy to sew, to draft they are a little more complicated than a basic bodice but not much. There are a few more steps to the base and it's the half-hip that is used and not the half-bust so that is a bit confusing for the first draft. To help with easing the confusion I use the storyboard format using generic measurements to teach, works like a charm! The students love to hate them but can't live without them... figure that one out!
In any case by the end of the class everyone had completed the storyboard and almost everyone had completed a pants front using personal measurements. Keep up the good work! The hardest part is the fitting, the negative space inside the crotch really does a number on ones brain trying to figure out the adjustments because they are the opposite of how they should be! Really bends the mind can't wait to see the comments from this group LOL!!!
Homework is to draft a pants front using other measurements plus draft a sheath front with a set in sleeve using same measurements; drafts only. Next class we will be drafting the pants back then cut a mock up and sew it to fit the body in class so please bring your sewing machines as well as some fabric for the mock up along with the drafting tools.
I had a chuckle in class when assigning the homework, one student was about to ask if they were to draft a second draft using personal measurements but was cut off by another saying "shhh don't give her any ideas!!!" I pretended I didn't hear any of this conversation even though I love it when students assign their own homework, but after the last class I felt they needed a bit of a break with Easter coming and all... See I'm not so bad ;)
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"