Wow what a class yesterday! Intense only scratches the surface! Both Karen and Dante did a fantastic job with the drafts at home I glad they got them done because the lesson depended on that. The issue they had to encounter but didn't know it was to have a longer front than back draft. How does that happen you might ask? It's actually very common especially with women who have a larger bustline and carry their weight mostly in the front leading to the affliction known as "gaposis"! It's a terrible affliction that gapes around the armhole usually exposing undergarments, straps among other things others don't need/want to see! Well there is a cure, it comes in the way of moving the lines on the paper a bit and presto you have a great fitting garment!
Karen called it she tried to figure out what to do but then decided that there was probably a lesson in there somewhere. She got it right both students learned so much about the draft and then they had to cut and sew a mock up just to keep it interesting. They were taught how to pin the pattern pieces on the fabric, add seam allowance, cut and finally sew with NO PINS! That is my trademark move NO PINS they slow everyone down so much besides when the pattern goes together well, the seam allowance are equal there is no need for pinning just ask any of my students how liberating it is to sew without pins!
Homework is to draft a princess seam dress front and a sheath back using the same measurements and incorporate the necessary adjustments to the master pattern based on the measurements. Students are to trace the pattern pieces then cut and sew a second mock up at home and bring it in for inspection. Remember the princess front is in two pieces that need to be joined from the shoulder. Please call if this is not clear.
Next class will be a double class starting at 10am on Saturday March 25, 2017; we will be finishing the woven fabrics and start with knits pattern and sewing a tank top so please bring is some knit fabric to cut and sew in class and that will suffice the syllabus for the bodice section.
Following the bodice students will be starting with sleeves.
Have a great week!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"