Wow what a class I have here! First of all let me give a big THANK YOU to Renate for organizing the whole thing plus allowing us to use the marvelous classroom they have to hold the class! That is very, extremely generous of you and your family to do this.
The students are AMAZING! There are different age groups in the class making it interesting for all to see how to fit different body shapes at different stages of life. This is what pattern making is all about not just constructing garments or even just drafting patterns it's all about the fit. In my classes the fit is paramount.
Yesterday's class was a great success, students worked very fast and comprehended the material given very well. We started off with a discussion on terminology, continued with some foundation materials, discussed the kit and finally got to drafting a basic block for the bodice front all on the first day! In trying to keep up with the class speed I totally gapped the hand sewing homework so it will be there waiting for next week :)
In any case there is homework and some prepping for the next class to help maximize class time and to provide some repetition; it's the key to successful drafting. This week's homework will be to draft 3 basic block fronts; one a duplicate of the one done in class; one with the generic measurements provided below; one with different measurements, not personal measurements.
half bust measurement 46
half waist measurement 41
half hips measurement 52
front neck to waist 43
Next class we will be putting the shaping into the bodice so to prepare for this please be sure you have 3 new basic blocks using the generic measurements given in class for the storyboards (this is addition to the one above). If there are any questions or anything that is not clear please feel free to contact me for details.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"