You know how sometimes you can be surprised by something totally unexpected? Well this has been the case with these two fine women who needed to upgrade and catch up to the rest of the class. Tonia and Kelli work at lightning speed, my head is spinning at the end of the day because all I hear is "so what's next?" no sooner I give them an assignment, blink and it's complete! I honestly didn't think they would be able to do a bustier in such a short time but guess what; they completed it with time to spare!
Not only was it complete on schedule but it fit each of them perfectly! There were some minor issues as there are with mock ups but all in all the most important parts fit them impeccably! They really had to get creative with the boning so we took the various types of bonings and installed them so the ladies could use the bustier as a future reference on different types and uses of bonings with and without casings. The best one was the rigilene (sew in boning found on most ready to wear) the comments had us in stitches laughing! Suffice it to say Kelli and rigilene do not get along well! The underwire was actually easy to install compared to the boning. The end result was worth all the effort, they can now build in a bustier into an evening or wedding gown if the need arises.
Not sure what to do with my Saturdays now....... I really, really enjoy spending all day Saturday in the company of like minded individuals teaching and also learning things for myself as the questions asked always, without fail make me think.
I look forward to the men's wear class starting the last day of February with this group of very talented, very fine ladies who will be graduating soon. Look out world they are coming!!! :)
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"