Being Thankful for Friends, Family & Guided Instruction

Hello A-Team:

I know, I usually write an A-Team post the weekend before we come back to class. This break, I decided to change it up. There is just too much I need to tell you about. I know, this week, we will all sit down with family and friends to listen to good music, eat till we bust, & laugh over the same stories from Aunt Martha, that we heard last year. There is also a break from the classes you are enrolled in. This gives you time to catch up. As usual, this email is designed to tell you where we have been and where we are going with my classes. So I won’t be sending out a post next week. Communicate with me if you have specific questions and concerns.

Sewing Fundamentals: We are really moving fast through all the prep work of sewing. And we all know, the prep work, is what is going to make our sewing easier. I am really so proud of you all !!!! Last week of classes before the break, we had our first pattern fittings, straightened our fabric grains and cut our fabric. Besides all of this, we fused down our interfacings and serged all our open edges. (Encased edges do not get serged because serging, adds bulk. The final preparation that must be done before you can begin sewing using your pattern guide, is mark the pattern markings on your cut fabric pieces in such a way, as they will NOT show when you sew up the garment. We will do this, during class on Tuesday, December 2. See you all there…..ready to mark your cut fabric !!!!!!

Sew Like a Pro: In Module 3, we are adding to our sewing fundamentals portfolios by learning advanced sewing operations. Last week, we finished up our portfolio prep work and learned a lot about pleats and how to work with them. We learned about knife pleats, box pleats, sunburst pleating, and release tucks. Everything in the sewing operations portfolio module won’t be easy. These operations combine techniques to produce exciting elements that you can use in your fashion design work. On Monday, December 1, we finish up our study of pleats by practicing knife kick pleats, and inverted kick pleats. We will also learn how to do single fold mitered corners. These are the kind that you would use in a hem of a skirt or in a sleeve vent. On Thursday, December 3, we will begin our study of bias: How to handle it, How to fussy cut it, How to sew it, and How to decorate with it. Don’t miss it !!!!!!

Links and Thoughts:

This week, on the National Geographic Channel (108 on Cox) there is a series called: Eat: The Story of Food. You need to catch some of this. It is very profound. While I am working, I have this on. Makes me want to become a vegetarian. Makes me very aware of: We ARE what we eat. AND what advertising has done for snacking…….

Here is something great from one of my FAVORITE blogs: Hungry Girl: Hope this helps with food control this holiday season. IT truly is the survival guide. So far, I have been doing really bad….. Too much good stuff….. I will pay for this in January with the fit of my clothes. Here is the website, just in case you want to join the daily Hungry Girl blog.


We’ve updated our wildly popular collection of Hungry Girl Survival Guides, bringing you even more ridiculously helpful smart-eating strategies! Bookmark it. Share it. Love it! 
Stop & Go EatingChipotle Survival Guide – Everyone lovesChipotle, but the customization is both a blessing and a curse… See how things add up!Subway Survival Guide – While Subway is a great place to assemble a smart meal, the menu has its pitfalls. Scope out our latest guide…Panera Bread Survival Guide – There’s more toPanera than just bread. Navigate the menu with this handy guide!Starbucks Survival Guide – You must read this before your next stop at the ‘Bucks. It’s crammed with the smartest java options, breakfast finds, and pastry-case picks.

Fast-Food Survival Guide – Get through ANY burger-joint drive-thru without a calorie catastrophe. Read up on our top tips and best picks.

Sandwich-Shop Survival Guide – Here’s advice you can apply at any sub stop, plus the 411 on several sandwich chains. This guide’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.

Ice-Cream-Shop Survival Guide – Tips for ordering at popular chains and general ice cream advice are covered here. Do not miss it.

Fro Yo Survival Guide – Frozen yogurt more your speed? There’s a guide for that! Read up on soft-serve suggestions and so much more.

Sit Down and DineRed Robin Survival Guide – We’re not gonna lie — this place is tricky to navigate in a guilt-free fashion. Luckily, we crunched all the numbers for you!Chili’s Survival Guide – Our latest Chili’s guide has the 411 on apps, soups, sides, andentrées. Eat up…TGI Fridays Survival Guide – Loads of helpful info here. From starters to side dishes, we’ve got you covered!Olive Garden Survival Guide – Sure, it’s safe to assume anything “endless” is a bad choice here, but you wouldn’t believe how many smart selections we found…

Ruby Tuesday Survival Guide – Are you familiar with how many excellent options there are at Ruby Tuesday? Prepare to be impressed…

IHOP Survival Guide – There are plenty of smart picks at the International House of Pancakes. This guide’s even got a Beyond Breakfast section!

Chinese Restaurant Survival Guide – Check out the calorie counts on common dishes before your next takeout meal. And don’t miss the HG makeovers!

Chinese Buffet Survival Guide – Endless platters of yummy Chinese food? This buffet needs its own guide.

Sushi Restaurant Survival Guide – So much fantastic info here, no blurb could do it justice. YUM!

Think Outside the Eateries…At-Work Survival Guide – Workplace snacking DOs and DON’Ts, tips for a brilliant brown-bag lunch, and guilt-free desk snacks!Back-to-School Survival Guide (College Edition) – Learn how to navigate the campus dining hall, find the best snacks to keep in your dorm room, and whip up a bunch of no-cook basics in a small kitchen space.Travel Survival Guide – Use this handy reference to avoid a trip to Calorie City. (Wehear that’s not where you were headed, anyway.)Brunch Survival Guide – With both breakfast-y and lunch-like options, brunch can be a scary situation. No worries; we’ve got this…

Convenience Store Survival Guide – Need to throw together a meal at a convenience store pit stop? This guide’ll get you through it!

Happy Hour Survival Guide – Keep cocktail time happy with these guidelines for a guilt-free party. Plus, recommendations on how to stock your own bar, HG-style!

Holiday-Centric Solutions…Holiday Season Survival Guide – Thisguide’ll get you through all those winter festivities. It’s also great for dinner events and cocktail parties!Super Bowl Survival Guide – Recipes, pregame ideas, party tips… This one is great for any game day!Summer Survival Guide – FromBBQs to beach days, and everything in between. Lots of product picks and recipe ideas here!Halloween Candy Survival Guide – Let’s face it — it’s hard to hide from candy all year-round. Better bookmark this one.

Classes start up again on December 1. See you all then !!!!!!

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Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244