Hello all I hope this winter has been good to you. I am very happy to be home and back to work. Actually I don't even consider my job work, it's fun work! I love working with people and fabrics, getting creative but most of all challenging my students to get out of their comfort zone. To see what they come up with creatively never ceases to amaze me! I sometimes get 10PM messages making me laugh, our own special chat time is what we call it!
I'm happy to announce there is a pants workshop on March 19, 2020 from 9 to 4 at the Oro Station Community Hall. This is open to advanced students who have taken the pants module already as it is a masters class on fitting and adjustments.
There are a few spaces left if you are interested check out the link above.
Have a great day :)
Hello all well I guess winter is winter everywhere. The rain was teeming down this morning, now it stopped for a bit, nice and cool good for house cleaning :)
It's so nice walking on the beach, great pedicure, for free! Today is going to be an indoor kind of day or running errands.
Laundry is also getting done plus I thought I would do some computer work today.
The pants masters workshop is up and running for March 19, 2020, so I will be back refreshed from my vacation. We are taking a road trip to visit some friends in central Florida for the weekend, so another coast to see :)
I found the nicest farmer's market for fresh produce that is within walking distance and the prices are reasonable too! Also found a real Italian bakery that has home-made salami, really good cheeses and fresh pastries along with excellent bread! Now we have to find a fresh fish market, there is one up the street, haven't had a chance to visit it yet, only been here since Sunday LOL! Apparently there is a fishing boat that comes in periodically with his catch of the day, hoping to get some from them as well. I may be posting some more youtube videos on how to cook fish, who knows....
Will be working on the lesson plans for the master's workshop and semester 3 of the Bradford class while I'm here.
Remember to register early for the pants workshop
Hello all I'm happy to announce the pants masters workshop coming soon to the Oro Station Community Hall on March 19, 2020 from 9:00 to 4:00! Pattern drafting experience is required.
This workshop will be focused on the pants draft for women, what to look for, a few line changes specifically for women that will make all the difference in fitting the body. I offer a unique perspective on how to draft pants because of the many bodies that have been fit during the course of the various classes that I have taught plus the pants that I have made for clients, family and of course myself. Understanding the negative space in the crotch and how to deal with it is a bit of a mind bender, but once understood it will be invaluable in future projects! We will also be sewing a mock up, fitting the body, making the necessary adjustments to the pattern as well as the pants among other things.
The classes are always a fun way to really learn a lot, they are jam packed with information not to mention the confidence gained that will last a lifetime! Registration is limited to 10, small enough for one on one time, large enough to have a variety of body shapes as well as many diverse questions! Looking forward to it!
Register early to avoid disappointment!
So who do you call when you want to do 6 weeks worth of work in 1 day???
The Bradford class that's who!!!!
Yesterday was a humdinger to say the least! This amazing group of ladies did the impossible, I pushed them to their limits and they do not disappoint. The topic was skirts, pencil, A-line, tapered, gored, bias, circle (both semi and full circle) with the added bonus of the volants!!! Whew!
In the morning we started with the basic pencil skirt using generic measurements then did the same using personal measurements AND created a mock up to fit the body! Continued with the A-line and tapered skirts all before lunch! In the afternoon we did the rest of the work and finished early even!!! I tell you it was an amazing day of learning, fun and work, work, work.
The homework is the following:
Have a great winter.
We had a class with Amanda who is almost finished the first book! This young woman has excelled in pattern drafting taking all her classes on Skype! Who said overcoming distances is hard? She lets me know when she is ready for the next class and we plan accordingly. All that is left to do to complete the first book is the collars and two piece sleeve!
This is quite an achievement especially for the pants fitting, it was a bit tricky but it was done. Amanda had a couple of fit models she used making mock ups, taking pix, sending them to me and I would look at them, critique them and send them back, puts a whole new twist on correspondence classes!
This week we focused on the man's vest pattern, I did a demo and then Amanda drafted one on her end while I watched to make sure she understood the method, which she did very well.
There is homework; draft the vest on page 89 (bottom graphic) using boyfriends’ measurements and mock up, draft top vest using the same measurements. For next class get ready a sheath pattern using personal measurements as shown on page 95, we will be adding the collar in class and creating the facings etc.
Have a good week!
Hello all I hope the Holidays were happy, spent with family and friends and of course a lot of food! I haven't posted in a while because of the Holidays, still trying to catch up with the to-do list, still working on chapter one, may give up on it and start chapter 2!
I will be taking a vacation this year for a change so I'm actually trying to finish a bunch of work, I have 7 garments to finish by January 20; 5 are done and then I ran out of fabric for the remaining 2 so this project is on a holding pattern for the time being.
While I wait for the fabric I have a suit, jacket and pants, to finish before leaving. Today I completed the pad-stitching that was started yesterday, put the pockets in, put the jacket together ready for the sleeves; the suit was cut way before Christmas...
The grandkids were up for a couple of days, they were supposed to return home today but the impending inclement weather scared everyone into getting them home early leaving me with a full day to work today.
Before Christmas I completed the men's jacket with the bufant roses that turned out so beautiful if I do say so myself! The client came to pick it up a few days ago and his comment was that it looks like a work of art! This made me very happy!
Now it's back to class on Thursday with a full day in Bradford focusing on the skirts and volants. It will be nice to see the class again!
Have a good week!
Today's class was great once again! The drive to and from Bradford no so much... It was snowing on the way down and traffic on the way home, a fact of life when living in the snow belt area of Ontario. No matter how bad the drive these students always lift one's spirits with their optimistic outlook, hard work and being generally good people! Today we covered the cap sleeve, tried on cowl neck mock ups and then I did some demos on sewing techniques.
I wish all the students a great Christmas and an even better New Year together with their respective families may they all be blessed with good health and happiness. In the end that is what's important...
We will have a full day class in January to complete the skirts section in one day! They will do it after all they survived this semester that was full of new material and we marched on to complete the section with minimal time and much effort!
All the students got approval for their design to use in the exam garment due at the beginning of the first class in March, date to be determined. Fabric is to suit the garment with no stretch, it must be a woven fabric, points will be deducted for any stretch in the fabric or a mark of 0 will be given if the design is converted to suit a knit fabric. The best way to learn how to fit the body is with absolutely no stretch in the fabric. Don't say you weren't warned!
Some have really challenged themselves which is great, I agreed to their designs because I felt they could execute the task without a problem. I have much faith in this group!!! Alas there is still homework!!!
Homework is this:
Next class is January 16, 2020 at 9 am for the skirts drafting section starting with the basic skirt block on page 21, from the block we will be varying the hemline. Next we will add pleats/wrap to the front only followed by the godet skirt. The gored skirt will also be covered along with the circle skirt and volant.
The only fabric required will be for the volant which will be the width of the forearm plus enough for a couple of pleat variations in miniature. 2 metres of fabric will suffice.
Have a great Holiday Season Everyone!! See you in 2020!!!
Last night we had a class with Amanda on the Raglan sleeve, did you know the raglan sleeve was invented for the Earl of Raglan in England in the middle ages? The story goes that he lost his arm in a battle so the tailors of the time had to figure out a way of fitting him with something that hid his battle wounds. The came up with a sleeve that was a part of the bodice, no shaping, no armhole (there was no arm) and it is very easy to assemble! I am not a fan of Raglan sleeves even though I have numerous tops, a dress with shaping (book 2) and an overcoat I can wear on it's own or over a jacket. Amanda said to me "it seems you actually like a raglan sleeve LOL!". Perhaps waaayyyy down deep there must be a very little part of me that does, I will vehemently deny this with every breath I take!! Perhaps I am in denial or delusional, jury's out, but I don't like to draft raglan sleeves regardless.
Having said that, I will teach the raglan method because it's necessary to know how to draft and sew it, that means new clothes I have to make as examples and will wear if for no other reason than I hate to waste anything....
Amanda was actually very pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of the draft, when I was finished my demo all she could say was "that's it?" I'm sorry I couldn't make it more difficult, like 55 easy steps to the raglan sleeve LOL! It's a very fluid pattern, mostly visual to make sure the lines are the right curve etc. this is what throws most people off, the lack of structure, in the end the pattern fits very well and is very comfortable. I guess that's what matters...
Amanda did a great job on her draft but there is homework!
Trace pattern pieces complete with markings, grainlines etc. cut a mock and sew it together in order of
Have a great day!
The importance of proper patterns was evident today at a model fitting for production, the mock ups were exactly how the principles envisioned them! Thanks to the Le Grand Chic method of pattern drafting I was able to bring their vision to life in a way they did not imagine was possible! I listened to what they had to say, took copious notes and got to work with THEIR vision not mine. I'm just the general contractor "respecting the clients' wishes is the most important part of the job description" is what I tell my students. One will have clients for life especially if one delivers on time and on budget.
There are minimal adjustments/fine tuning to a few of the mock ups, the others were perfect! All I have to do now is finish the garments in linen for a photo shoot in at the end of January... A few pics were taken today and even though the mock ups were done in drapery fabric, the styles looked amazing. This makes me very happy, didn't mind driving through a couple of snow storms on the way home LOL!
Anyone who is interested in taking courses don't put it off any longer, the satisfaction is so worth the expense and effort. Imagine having creative freedom to make your own clothes PLUS the ability to make them a perfect fitting reality! There is no greater feeling of accomplishment and you will love to wear your clothes because they FIT!!
Conversely, making clothes for clients is just as satisfying and one can get paid too! Don't hesitate to contact me like a person from California who is calling me on Friday for classes :)
Enjoy your day!
Hard to believe this was the second last class of this semester! Where does the time go?
Yesterday everyone was a bit giddy I think, the giggles and laughter in the class was contagious! I merely asked a question on the cowl neck; what are the benefits of this style? Well it turned out to be a loaded question! Some of the answers were, um, different that I expected leading to much laughter and more interesting answers... This class is so much fun, I love teaching!
We covered the cowl neck style, how to transfer the fullness from the base dart to create the drape at the centre front in two different ways, some did it with less drape, some did it with more drape just to keep things interesting. So far everyone has had different measurements to work with, they have passed the measurements charts around until they are going to get their own measurements back during the last class! Took a bit of planning but it worked very well because once the numbers change, everything changes, the body issues are different making the drafting more challenging. The added bonus is that the students learned more about the basic drafts that maybe they were doing incorrectly because they were so comfortable using the same measurements all the time. In any case all the mock ups so far have fit very, very well every time! Very proud of this class!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"