This group of ladies is AMAZING! In one day they learned about Maria's 3 favourite F words! Fit, Fabric and Finish. What did you think I was going to say? ;)
Then we went on to learn about darts, what they are and where they came from, it was men's wear actually, Coco Chanel was the one who took men's wear and made ladies clothing out of it incorporating the use of darts for shaping the fabric to fit the body. This is what brought women out of corsets and into the clothes of today.
If that wasn't enough the class then learned how to put this theory into practice by learning how to add the base dart into the bodice front which they did so in the form a story board to get a very clear picture on how this is done. By this time they were mentally exhausted so we took a break by taking new measurements using the buddy system which works out great in a class of 8!
Break time was over and they learned how to draft a back bodice block which they then executed in class with flair! But they are troopers, I did ask if they wanted to draft a back they all said YES! (At least they think they get to choose) so we proceeded with the back draft. The class went by in an instant it seemed, before you know it it was time to assign homework and we were running overtime LOL!
So this brings me to today's post the homework assignments that will be completed during the two week interval is:
To draft a master front complete with shaping exactly as it was done in class and a back basic block also exactly as it was done in class using personal measurements that were taken and recorded in class. Also to complete the hand sewing assignment as shown in class. No tracing at this time we will be finalizing the pattern pieces and tracing in class. If students are able they are to take a different set of measurements on another body and do a front and back draft, (a repeat of the homework assignment) to re-enforce the steps by changing the numbers the whole thing changes and gives a new dimension to the draft giving a whole new perspective to the pattern maker.
FANTASTIC JOB EVERYONE!