Hello A-Team: Welcome to the Spring 2019 Semester!
Check out the following photo. It is worth a thousand words!
These 2 tapemeasures are supposedly the same. But are they?????? The white one seams dead on when compared to the cutting mat. The yellow one, seams to have shrunk. Amazing. Sometimes tapemeasures stretch; sometimes they shrink; when they are getting old. Maybe the cutting mat was printed off. Always check and replace your tapemeasure because you always need accurate measurements. This tip was given to me, by Maureen. Thank you, Maureen!!! The picture is worth a thousand words !!!!
For my spring 2019 courses, the syllabi are under their respective pictures in the right hand column. Just click on the picture to get an idea of the amount of learning I packed into each course. Go to the menu and check the Downloads page. There are useful things you can download and print from there. Check your syllabus for needs. The Links page has many links that you will find useful to buy texts at a better price or to look for your first fashion career position or internship.
Come to class for a learning experience you will be using for the rest of your life!!!!!
I am in the process of editing the blog’s right hand column with the new spring 2018 syllabi. What is there now, is just place holders. Just before class at the end of January, I will do the final updates. Taking class with me, means that you are starting a journey to gain knowledge to better yourself, or to update your workforce skills for either a career or to start a new business. This semester, I am teaching Computer Patternmaking with a very student friendly program: Patternmaker. Check them out!!!!! Press on the link. The Professional Studio uses CAD tools, just like the big boys in the Apparel Industry. My other course will be Sew Like a Pro. In this course, we will be exploring textiles and sewing a garment with fabric that is difficult to handle.
Apparently, I can not add anything to the website. There seems to be a major glitch. You can still get into the Downloads menu and print your Sewing Fundamentals 1 Patterns. Remembers to do this without scaling or shrink to fit. You can also print: Toubleshooting your Sewing Machine. I will be prepared to give you a syllabus tomorrow in the Sewing Fundamentals 1 class. Wednesday, the Drafting syllabus will be given out.
Summer will be all about Fundamentals of Patternmaking: Draping. Pad out an old dress form to be an exact duplicate of you with a little ease. Use any edition of Connie Amaden- Crawford’s The Art of Fashion Draping, and learn to create using industry standard draping techniques.
The following group of pictures are a bit mixed up. I could not get the pictures to move where I wanted them to go. After a while, on a tour, you begin to forget where you are, what time it is, and events seem to merge. Enjoy.
Sadly, the Fall 2016 semester is coming to an end, in 2 weeks. Everyone is busy working on their final project for their grade.
Under the pictures in the right hand column, are the Spring 2017 Syllabi. All the timing is correct. Download & Print your Class Syllabus, the Classroom Etiquette, and your needs from the Downloads page.
The following websites are a guide to Vogue’s upcoming fashion shows:
Don’t let this sleeping kitty fool you !!!! You are looking at her through a piece of glass. And I can tell you, that her dreams are all creative. You dream it, you can make it !!!!
This is deadline month. This is the last A-Team email, before the new semester. Come to class to see what is happening. I will be grading everyone the last day of class. I have been told what I am teaching. The correct schedule is not in stone, yet.
Check out the following, given to you, with permission from Beverly Johnson, the Fairy Bra Mother. Get on her email list. She is the best !!!!!!
I just could not wait till the end of Winter Break to email you all. I cannot thank you all enough for all the gifts and cards!!!! I do what I do out of love of the subject. I want everyone to know they can earn a living sewing. It is important to know, that you don’t have to stop wearing something, just because it ripped, lost a button, or got a hole in the pocket. These repairs are easy to fix. And once you learn patternmaking….. You can create your own designs to sell. Thank you again, for all your kindness.
Some of you have homework to do for your first class in January, 2017. I am busy working on the Spring 2017 syllabi along with several other projects. I started to update the right hand column of the blog. I think I will have all the syllabi out by Mid-January. There is a field trip to Yardage Town on February 4. And the trip to LA with Sew Pro’s is on April 29, in the new Spring semester.
Draping: The final class before Winter Break went by so quickly. This class, has only 2 classes left before the end of the semester. We went over draping circle skirts, and our final projects. Our next class is January 9th. Your full size muslin toiles and patterns are due.
Upcycling: The morning class would NOT let me do the daily demo which was the fly zipper for jeans. In the evening class, we practiced the insertion of the invisible zipper.
Flat Patternmaking: We finished up our Style number 903 pattern. There are now 4 classes left to complete our final half-size project. Hope you are working on your half size patterns during the Winter Break. Aren’t the quarter size patterns making more sense??? They should be giving you a sense of direction and confidence.
Sew Fun 1: This class got reversed with the hemming class. We learned how to put hem tape and flexi-lace hem binding on our samples, We learned about the three hand hemming stitches: The blind hem, the slip stitch, and the cross stitch. Learning to do a blind hem, by machine, we put off till the next class in January. Then the students saw a sequin demo. So next class. we will start there, practicing our sequin application. We will also learn how to sew on buttons, snaps, and hooks. Please remember to bring in a small patch so I can show you how to sew it on.
Links and News:
Tasha called me with a great message to all of you !!!! The Humane Society is waving it’s fees for the holiday season. So if you want to adopt a dog or a cat….now is the time !!!!!
The West City Center Career Center Office will be open on Thursdays, from 10 – 3 pm in January. If you are a SDCE student or recent training program graduate, our Career Counselors are available for individual walk-in career planning assistance, job search guidance, and resume critiques. No appointment needed!
Need your resume critiqued? Please bring a hard copy or flash drive file of it with you to your walk-in counseling ses-sion and we’ll review it and give you suggestions!
Check out the many career planning and job search resources are on the Career Services webpage: cds.sdce.edu
Career Counselors: Barbara Elliott for Mesa CE Campus, North City Campus, West City Campus
Marcia Grant for ECC Campus, Mid-City Campus, Cesar Chavez Campus
Our very own Mermaid sent this wonderful link to me concerning bone soups. This gives scientific meaning to my Mom’s chicken soup.
Dear Campus Community,
We are thrilled to present Jump Start to your success on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 8:30am-1:00pm. This is a time in which we invite hundreds of prospective students to our campus and showcase what we have to offer and how great we do it! The program will include support services, academics, department resources, clubs, and the lively community feel we create at Mesa. We hope you will join the fun!
Columbus, Ohio is becoming MAJOR fashion center. Check out this article !!!! Thank you for sending this link to me, Donna.