Thank you to Michael's for allowing students to use the craft room.
What a great group of people, they learned how to draft a basic bodice in record time! Well worth the 2 hour drive to teach this class in my opinion!
In short in 3 hours they did the equivalent of 4 days worth of work, AMAZING! Starting with the basic block that looks nothing like a traditional basic block, it has no shaping whatsoever only based on the personal measurements or whichever measurements are to be used. We went as far as the hip line for the bodice and then added shaping to make a sheath top, they were taught how to transfer the fullness of the base dart to the dressmaker dart and add the fish eye dart to both the front and back. In a first class this is pretty remarkable progress, one student was a bit down on himself for having made a mistake and I re-assured him it was fine because they had been using the tools for one whole HOUR to cut himself some slack, he felt better after that.
I don't consider mistakes a show of incompetence, I consider them learning opportunities, in fact once a mistake is identified I always ask "so what did you learn from that?" The students then realize that they learned a lot more than if the result was textbook perfect turning what could have been a negative experience into a very positive one especially when I continue by saying "so how can it be fixed?" making them think a little outside the box. We figure it out eventually and it's something that will never be forgotten.
Homework is to draft a sheath front and back (the exact same as we did in class) using personal measurements, create a muslin and bring it to class for a fitting next week. The gentlemen in the class are to use a fit model if possible, or get measurements from one of the female classmates and create a pattern and muslin using those measurements, it will make for an interesting fit session. Disregard any discrepancies with the lines between the front and back, the way I saw measurements yesterday there will be differences but for now ignore them as they will make for great learning opportunities next week. We can meet directly in the craft room now that we know where it is.
Ciao have a great week!