As a final assignment worth 40% of the final mark the Modellista students were assigned a jacket to make using one of the jacket styles studied during the semester, the choice was a jacket with a notched, Peter Pan, or tuxedo collar. Everyone did the fantastic job, some finished on time some did not, life happens so some were given only partial marks. It was a tough semester with a new jacket to draft almost every class and come up with the pattern pieces as well.
This is what real life is like when you have deadlines and work constantly coming at you so it's good practice to learn to budget time so all the work will get done. That's why this program is so good because the students are expected to work as though they were on the job giving them the necessary hours of apprenticeship required to become a master tailor. I am tough in my classes I expect a lot and it's for marks, imagine an employer who pays a wage what their expectations would be, or if you are self employed the discipline you need to be successful in your business. This is all part and parcel of the program and not in an abstract, case study sort of way, it's actual work with deadlines and expectations.
I would like to share some pictures that Judith sent me of her now finished tuxedo jacket and you can see for yourself what the expectations are and what is taught throughout the program. Judith is in book 2 and has many personal adjustments to make on her patterns for them to fit properly, not because she has any specific problem only because her body, like everyone else, is unique. She got this jacket to fit impeccably well even though when I saw it the jacket was not completely finished so she sent me pix of the finished product and here they are!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"