What a great group of ladies in this class, I know I've said it before and I will probably say it again, but it merits repeating, I continually challenge them and they come through in spades! They even create their own challenges LOL! Goes to show how dedicated they are to learning. The fit on the mock ups if fantastic, there are still a few very minor issues left to deal with on some mock ups but I think it's more a sewing issue than drafting we will get them all sorted out next week and I promise to take pictures!
The project is a jumper or dress that is sleeveless and will be finished with facings with the exception of one who purchased some exquisite fabric to make a dress so she will be lining it! I know she is up to the task :) They are supposed to be either straight, A-line or tapered hem but one creative soul decided to add godets to the front and back princess seams (even though we haven't done the back yet!) and the sides, great idea so I asked her to do pin-tucks from the bottom of the fish eye dart to where the godet begins and the front seams should go to the hem instead of finishing at the fish eye darts. It will be fun to hem this puppy hahahaha!!! The beginners are progressing very well, very impressive work indeed.
Homework will be to cut the jumper/dress, mark and sew the darts and centre back from the bottom of the zipper opening ready to add zipper in class the following week. Leave 2 cm seam allowance everywhere including the facings, tailor tack the whole garment for the most accurate sewing possible.
Finish the hand sewing assignment, catch stitch the pressed edge to the end.
Draft a knit pattern only using page 84 as a guide this can be ready for December 13th class, no sewing required on this one at home. I just need to see the pattern and possibly the tissue pattern pieces next week to check for accuracy.
For next week bring some lightweight or ultra-lightweight fusible interfacing strip long enough to cover the zipper opening and the width of the seam allowance. Also enough to cover the facings for a better finish. Bring in a short zipper and some fabric to do a practice zipper before installing it in the dress. Don’t forget the long zipper to be installed in the garment.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"