Welcome back Bradford students! What a fantastic group of ladies! We started around 9ish yesterday the roads and traffic were horrendous so some of the class was late but no worries by the time they left they had a top to wear home! Yes indeed they started drafting the pattern in class, cut out the fabric and sewed the whole thing by 3:15 they were ready for new instruction, unbelievable! The tops turned out beautifully, they fit the students well, some needed to take in the sides, I always like to err on the side of caution and prefer to have it a bit larger and take it in rather than it being too small and have no recourse to enlarge it...
One of the students even decided to really get creative with the neckline finishing and got a top that she likes to try and replicate the collar, well by the end of the class she succeeded, another one absolutely loved here sleeve and how they fit, one decided she wanted to shorten the top once she tried in on and then proceeded to sew on the binding on the right side rather than the wrong side! What to do? Design feature is what, I brought in my coverstitch machine so she stitched it with the chain on the outside instead of the straight stitch, she liked it so much she sewed the hem and sleeve hem in the same manner making a very unique top! Two others decided to challenge themselves with a cowl neck and sure enough the finished product turned out very well much to the surprise of the students!
Anyway homework is to sew other knit tops for other people using different measurements for extra practice. Once the pattern is done the shirts really don't take long to sew, about one hour is all it takes from the time it's cut to the time it's finished. I also assigned homework before the Christmas break and that still stands due in March when classes will resume.
Have a great winter!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"