This young man never ceases to amaze me with his sewing prowess! In two short hours he completed the coat dress by sewing together the shoulders, adding the shawl collar to the neckline and finally completing and adding the facing to the dress. That was only part one! Part two was to put together the sleeves and install them on the dress. Well Andrew had a slight problem with the draft so he had to finish it in class and then cut the sleeve, so he cut the sleeves out, sewed them together and I showed him how to install the set-in sleeve on one side and he installed the other side with great ease and only a few pins! He also got a good lesson on proper pressing techniques to boot!
Andrew expressed a desire to make a blazer so he can wear it by the end of May at a function so that is what we are going to do. I can only say be careful what your wish for...... In order to get started on the blazer Andrew has to install many set-in sleeves in different sizes and understand perfectly the relationship between the armhole and the sleeve cap, I also will need to see the end results. It is going to take work by he is up to the task making extra work for himself is what Andrew does best, even better than sewing!
Homework is to complete previous sleeve homework, create a sleeve with the larger upper arm adjustment on page 53, remove sleeve on mock up and re-install it. Make more sleeves and install them to completely understand the concept of the set in sleeve. I will need to see the completed projects if we are to proceed to the blazer next week. Next class will be a double class on Friday that will include how to finish a lined top. For this task please bring the top sewn together and the lining sewn together, the fabric will need to be underlined with fusi-knit before sewing to maintain the proper structure on the body.
Have a good week
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"