wI have been out of for a while now with the Festival classes this week. It has been a great year yet again!
I have to admit I was a bit concerned about the classes as I didn't have much time to prep this year but in the end they went very well. I don't think I can choose which went the best as they were different in nature, as long as the students came away with some new knowledge I consider the class a success.
The first class was the altering a fully lined, finished blazer, when I asked students to bring in 2 safety pins they thought I had lost it completely LOL! But in the end they realized what an asset two safety pins really are :) They were all very successful in hemming sleeves and we even had a session on how to take in a blazer at the back if there are some flaws detected in the fit. They even learned about tailor tacking yes folks tailor tacking something that seems to have gone by the wayside lately, well I'm bringing it back! They are your best friends when sewing or altering clothes.
Second class was the blouse techniques on how to add a placket, apparently I'm mellowing out in my old age and letting student merge steps on their storyboards! (Don't tell anyone) they really could do it in a couple of steps but I like to make them complete the whole journey without taking any shortcuts.
Third class was hemming pants/jeans and a Euro hem. Students were very keen on the Euro hem and were very surprised how easy it can be to hem a circle skirt or any circular hemline. A lot of great feedback and they were done even before the end of class!
The seminars went very well, I enjoy seminars even if they give only an overview of things, we did manage to cover some fit issues for some people, wish we had more time to help all who came to class.... In the end if they came away knowing a little more than when they came in it was a success!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the all the students for taking the classes and seminars it's always great to see new people and familiar faces as well. I would like to thank some students for bringing in pictures of lace garments they created after taking my working with lace class, it's great to know that I touched people in such a positive way.
Now on to the next challenge, classes in Toronto in 2017!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"