Hello all today was such a fun class we had a lot of laughs along with doing a lot of work! There was a TA in the class to add to the fun, Denise a graduate of the course came for a learning experience and to help me out for a bit, which was much appreciated by both the students and myself! Today we added pockets to the pants front and then created a storyboard for the pocket installation, yes the dreaded storyboards... that students thank me later on when they have to stop and think "how did I do this" or "where do I go from here?", believe me these and other questions will come up that are answered by simply looking at the steps in the 3D sample complete with instructions written on the fabric. It really does make more sense to do the lesson in this manner rather than giving a demo, having the students just copy it and try to follow written instructions only, all my classes groan at creating them but in the end, just like mom I tell them it's for their own good LOL!!!
These ladies have succeeded in a getting a good fit on their pants, today we had a really good model with a few issues to fix so it was very good learning for all. In my classes there is no judgment only support and constructive comments by all. I will scold anyone who gets down on themselves for whatever reason, we are our own toughest critics so I try to encourage students to be a little less judgmental of themselves and allow themselves the privilege of learning without any encumbrances. In other words, "get out of your own way and let yourself work, it's not a mistake but a learning opportunity"! I'm happy they all have a sense of humour!
For this week there is No homework, students are encouraged to keep drafting pants and tops using different measurements. Next class we will be doing the zippers storyboard but first we have to add the front fly to the pattern and cutting out the pieces needed to execute the task. I will have a supply list for you for next week.
Have a good two weeks!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"