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.
Pictures of the week: Men’s Fitted Shirts at the National City Swap Meet
I can not thank Chris enough for his awesome questions concerning darts in men’s shirts.
This week there is no class. Easter Sunday was March 25th. It is good to have a break every once in a while. I got a chance to update the grading charts. I will be able to show you how you stand on hours & projects. Did you sign up for Sew Pro’s Trip to LA??? It is on April 16th. Call them. Amy says they will take your over the phone payment. Remember: The Accreditation Team will be coming to view the classes next week. Have you learned your Student Learning Outcomes? (SLOs). Here they are again:
Current SLOs 2016
SDCE Institutional Student Learning Outcomes:
SDCE students demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment.
SDCE students demonstrate effective communication skills.
SDCE students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively.
Personal and Professional Development
SDCE students pursue short term and life-long learning goals, mastering necessary skills and using resource management and self advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives.
Students completing a fashion or fashion production course or program will be able to understand and apply concepts, technologies, related skills and techniques by successfully completing class projects in order to prepare for fashion careers.
J McKenna’s Student Learning Outcomes for Spring 2016 Courses:
Sew Like a Pro: Students will be able to demonstrate advanced sewn product stitching & construction skills as evidence by the completion of an Advanced Sewing Operations Portfolio, and the completion of basic clothing alterations using garments from their own closet or from a thrift store using professional standards of workmanship.
Fundamentals Of Patternmaking: Collections: Students will prove their Fundamentals of Patternmaking course learning and competencies by the completion of their first 3 garment (or one 3-Piece outfit) collection.
Tailoring: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to complete a tailored/couture garment using professional standards of workmanship. Evidence will be the selection and use of fabrics and supporting materials suitable for the garment which meet established standards for tailored/couture construction.
Sewing Fundamentals 1: Upon course completion, students will be able to demonstrate basic sewn product stitching & construction skills as evidence by the completion of a Sewing Techniques Portfolio.
Fundamentals Of Patternmaking: Drafting: Students will demonstrate their Fundamentals of Patternmaking course learning and competencies by drafting and using their five piece Master Dress Sloper to pattern and construct a garment from their text book.
Last week in the classroom:
Drafting: We are still finishing up our sleeves. We learned a new method for “walking off” sleeves in an armhole. Of course, over this break, I made handouts for you. Teaches you how to make changes 2 – 3 different ways. Next week: We will make the skirt front and back and finish up the sloper pattern collection.
Sew Like a Pro-Both Classes: We are still learning how to construct sleeveless facings. We are almost done. Next week: We will finish up our sleeveless facings and learn how to put in a Fly Front Jeans Zipper. Both these classes have open spaces. If you need extra sewing time, you can join us.
Sewing Fundamentals 1: We are making our way through our sewing techniques portfolio grading sheet. Next week: We will be learning to make flat-felled seams, inset right corners, facings, and collars. Keep those questions coming, Chris!!!! We even did an extra credit: dart in a seam to show how you can hide darts in a fitted garment.
Tailoring: We just finished our 7 portfolio Tailoring Operations. I have one more demo to show you concerning double buttonholes. I just had to think of another way to do tailored jacket buttonholes without cording because you just can’t do it EASILY, on a keyhole buttonhole. Remember to bring your pattern guide on Monday, April 4. We will also read through and UNDERSTAND, what they are telling you to do. We all know how to read. We all need to understand that the guide is a guide and not a God. Words to remember: You have the opportunity to use different methods, if you don’t like what the guide is telling you. On Wednesday, April 6, your Tailoring Operation Samples are all due for grading. I will be taking pictures of your samples and you wearing your jacket toile. WHAT FUN !!!!!!
Collections: There is a month left. In the right hand side bar, there are the rules and flyer for Mesa’s 2016 Golden Scissors Fashion Show. Read it. I have already asked questions about it. I need to send in pictures on April 26. We will talk in class. After the show, we will concentrate on making a Tech Pack for our garment (s). Thank you for your patience while I worked with the tailoring class.
Links and Things to Know !!!!
Joan Hankin’s Stash. Email her. She wants to sell it all for $1 a yard. The fabrics are all cotton like. You have a variety of knits and wovens. email@example.com. Her phone number is: 619 442 8128. I do have samples of the fabrics. Ask me in the classroom.
Richard’s Great Fashion Videos and Websites: These need to be seen to be believed !!!! I need to add the following about Richard’s links. I do believe that at least one link, uses nude models. They had to use a nude model to do what they did. It is still worth seeing what they SPRAYED on her !!!!!!
The following is from Janet Prey. She lives in Michigan. Someday, I want to take classes from her. She IS terrific. She teaches the Islander System of Sewing. Here are her 6 Tips for Interfacing Shirts.
Interfacing is one of today’s most missunderstood products in home sewing. It is important to know there are several reasons for interfacing a pattern piece:
To create a crisp appearance such as collars, cuffs and plackets. 2.To reinforce areas where buttons, buttonholes and topstitching will be applied. 3. Adds to the longevity of the garment. To follow are 6 tips for interfacing shirts that rival top ready-to-wear garments selling for hundred dollars.
Choosing only high quality fusible interfacing is a no-brainer but I felt the need to say it anyway. The quality of the interfacing you choose is equaly as important as the quality of the fashion fabric.
Two types of interfacing are required in the classic button-up shirt: a firm and a soft. The firm is applied to the collar, cuffs and buttonhole placket. The soft is used on the pocket hems, collar facing, cuff facings, sleeve plackets and button placket.
Leave the seam allowance on the interfacing everywhere except the collar points.
Cut and adhere interfacing to all pieces well in advance of starting to sew.
5. Use a quality iron made for garment sewing. It must have good steaming capability and it should be heavier than the average home iron. For best results in fusing interfacing, use a pressing cloth, lots of steam, firm pressure but you don’t need to apply your entire body weight. *Apply heat and shots of steam for 30 to 60 seconds or according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Now, don’t touch it! This is very important and where many fusible interfacing projects go wrong. It should cool for several minutes before you handle it as you could disturb the the glue before it has a chance to set and permanently adhere to the fabric evenly.
I use my press for fusible interfacing, it’s the best! All the same rules apply; to create steam use a damp press cloth, clamp the press shut until the alarm sounds. I open the press and close again for one more alarm, let it cool and it never fails.
“It doesn’t get any better than that!”
* Remember to read the manufacturer’s directions on any fusible interfacing as they may vary in time, temperature and steam or no steam.
When I have the time, I ALWAYS put it into my blog posts. See you all next week !!!!!
Can you believe it is 2016 already !!!!! It was a short rainy week last week……. Yes, there was class on Wednesday and Thursday night. There are just 3 weeks left to the Fall semester. Yes, there is class every day except Martin Luther King’s Day: January 18th.
Both classes: Sewing Fundamentals 2 and Computer Patternmakingneed to complete their projects, And remember for a grade: you need to have at least 80% of all class hours + your completed project.
My courses and timing changed for Spring 2016. I am still writing syllabi for the upcoming semester. There is lots of stuff already up on the blog. BUT…please be patient with me. I like writing complete syllabi.
www.centerforpatterndesign.com/ Periodically I mention this site. If you are serious about becoming a great pattern maker, check this out !!!! Someday, I am going to Eugene, Oregon and take classes there.
www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx Urban threads has a great freebie out: Winosaur. Very cute. If you are into machine embroidery, grab it !!!! If you do not own an embroidery machine, yet, make sure you pick it up in PES format. They also have a free standing dress form, that I just had to put on my wish list………….
How to Use a Tailor’s Board This is from the threads newsletter. Very good techniques to know. This video comes with a commercial in the beginning. Just turn the sound down.
During this Winter Break, I hope you all had time for the following: Just Breathing. Stepping outside. Lying down for 5 – 10 minutes. Just Meditating or Relaxing. Sitting down with a cup of tea. Writing in a journal. Expressing your feelings in art or to a friend or spouse. Pausing between each project you do. Going out by yourself and seeing a friend, or a a movie. I can honestly recommend 2 movies: Star Wars and Joy. Both very very different. When I go to the movies with Warren, we go before noon on a Sunday. The tickets are usually half price. IMAX Star Wars was different. I don’t want to spoil these movies for you. Each is uplifting in its own right. Of the two, Joy will influence me for the rest of 2016.
This is the first post of the new year !!!! For more than 2 weeks you have enjoyed time away from your education. Almost time to come back. The first class of the new year starts Wednesday, January 6, 2016. The fall semester is winding down. This is the time to make sure you have all your assignments in. The final day of class, I do intend to take pictures. If you don’t know if you are missing anything…..I will tell you in class. If you know what you are missing, send it to me in an email.
I learned something new about Stella this Winter Break. I learned what happens when a pussy cat eats a live flea. I also learned how to cure this. Thank God for Master Card and flea bombs!!!!
I am still working on the syllabi for the Spring Semester 2016. I will be publishing by Wednesday, January 6th. I know what I am teaching. I know I should be teaching in the evenings. I have no flyers, yet. And don’t know if I will. Bear with the system. It will get better. During times of change, the elephant dances slower.
In Sewing Fundamentals 2 – Apparel Constructionwe will continue working on our shirts and pants.
In Computer Patternmaking – now is the time to make up your muslin toile samples. May of you are missing passed assignments. We will talk during class, on Wednesday, January 6th.
One Amazing Link:
Threads Magazine:http://www.threadsmagazine.com/videos Very interesting videos to view. Some of them, you will not be able to view. They are for insiders only. These require you to pay. LOOK for the ones that do not have the lime green dot. These are free and very educational. Check out the video categories half way down the the left hand side of the page. You will be glad you did.
The year has gone by so FAST !!!! Can you believe it? This is the final week before Winter Break. Classes will resume January 6th, 2016 !!!! This is the last A-Team email till the new year. I will send out a post to remind everyone when classes resume. Computer Patternmaking will resume January 6. Sewing Fundamentals 2 will NOT resume until January 11.
Last week, in Sewing Fundamentals 2, we only met on Monday. On Tuesday, I had to go to an eye doctor because I broke a blood vessel in my eye. Thank God it was only a surface vessel and I came back to teach on Wednesday. Last Monday, we practiced with the school’s and student’s straight stitch sewing machines. They run differently than sergers. The two machines are staples for sewing. Note: the very first sewing machine you should purchase should be a straight stitch sewing machine. You can do a great fake double needle stitch that looks just like a cover stitch. You can stop your edges from raveling with the various utility stitches available on a straight stitch sewing machine. And there is the famous 2 mm x 2 mm zig-zag stitch that can sew knits with a small width seam that stretches. On Monday, we will begin to sew our shirt and pants. Remember to bring your scrap fabric to test your stitches before you start to sew. By following your pattern guide, you will create your first garments !!!! When you run into pattern guide interpretation problems, I will be there, to guide you. I am also planning on demoing our embroidery machines, just in case you want to embroidery on your shirts or pants. SEW FUN !!!!!
In PatternmakerClass, we finished our final sloper patterns this week. I sent out emails stating that the 5 students who finished their patterns, would get them plotted by a fellow student. This happened on Thursday night around 11 pm. Thank you Pedro !!!! This coming week, we will be back in room 209. Now is the time to make up the garment/project toiles. We have about 5 weeks to make up the toiles, and correct the patterns. In this way, if you ever want to plot out your garment/project again, the pattern will be perfect !!!! Side note: I tried on Richard’s Patternmaker corset, after he set the grommets. Maureen laced me up. The fit was marvelous !!!!
Isn’t Morgan’s helper cute???? Even though they really really want to help you cut your fabric and sew your projects, be very aware, that they also can get into pins & thread. Make sure supplies and notions are put away in such a way, as to NOT encourage cats or dogs to use them as play toys. This also goes for when you wrap holiday gifts. Take care. There is danger in ribbon.
So last week, in Sewing Fundamentals 2, we mastered the serger and one of its many uses: To prevent raveling of woven fabrics. Then we moved on to learn how to mark notches and other important symbols on the non-public side of our cut fabric pieces. On Monday, we will have tender loving care (TLC) lessons for the straight stitch sewing machine. Missing this class tells me that you are going to bring and use your own straight stitch machine for the rest of your time in this class. And that you already know how to care for it. Make sure you bring some fabric scraps to try different things that can be done with any straight stitch machine. As a fun aside, we will see some wedding pictures from one of your classmates, Whitney. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! On Tuesday, you will be cut loose, to sew up your garments using the instructions on your pattern guide. I will be here, for questions and concerns.
In Computer Patternmaking, we are beginning our last week of classes in the computer classroom, using Patternmaker. We should be all finished with our final patterns on Thursday. DO NOT “CUTE PDF” your pattern(s), till I look them over. However, it is okay, to place your pattern(s) on the prerequisite 36″ x 108″ paper inside Patternmaker. After you get the OKAY….then CUTE PDF your final pattern(s). Over next weekend, we will get them printed. Then, its back to the sewing room to make sample ‘toile’ garment(s). You will need to have one pattern hook for your cut patterns to hang on and you will need inexpensive fabric that simulates your final fabric. Make note of how much fabric, you are using for your toile. This is approximately what you will need for your final garment(s). Your ‘toile’ is due at the end of January. There is plenty of time to work on fit. The ONLY push I have for this course, is that you come to class regularly and sign in. Some of you come to class, and don’t sign in. These students will be in for quite the shock, when I can’t give them a final grade.
Here is a reminder for all my classes: Without a ‘C’ hours grade, no matter how good your final project is, you won’t pass the course. Read the evaluation at the back of each syllabus. You need to come to class 80% of the class hours as part of your grade. NO EXCEPTIONS……
MANPOWER is coming to San Diego City College to interview for jobs available now!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Business Technology Building
To RSVP prior to the event, e-mail an electronic copy of your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. On Tuesday, December 8, come to Room BT‑203 (at the corner of 16th and B Streets) starting at 10:45 a.m., and check in at the front desk. Dress in business attire and bring a resume printed on standard paper.
Interviews are on a first‑come, first‑served basis. Meet and greet style interviews will last approximately 10‑15 minutes.
Part‑time and full‑time positions in various industries are available.
Manpower is a world leader in the employment services, creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work.
—–Original Message—– Terrific trip to LA…….GO !!!!! I am sad because I can NOT go….. From: Gwen Edwards [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, November 30, 2015 7:28 PM To: Gwen Edwards Subject: Heart felt Happy Holidays!
Don’t spend all your money in December! We are scheduling another wild ride to Los Angeles on Saturday January 9th in the party bus! Anyone who is interested shoot me an email and get on the list. Space will be limited. We will be going to Mood fabrics with the option to go to The Fabric Store as well. It’s a long strenuous day of fun – The bus fee is $60 and we will enjoy discounts as a group at both Mood and The Fabric Store.
I hope you had a great holiday break. It is time to come back and learn some more.
Sewing Fundamentals 2: Apparel Construction. In our last 2 classes, we had pattern fittings, read our pattern guides, learned about grainlines with a PowerPoint, and laid out our shirt and pants patterns with a nap layout and on grain. Then I sent you home to cut your fabric out. Tomorrow, in class we are NOT following the syllabus. Bring all your cut fabric attached to your patterns. Bring all your fabric scraps. We are going to have a class on TLC for sewing machines and sergers. If you have a sewing machine, you want to use in class, learn how to clean, take care of, make bobbins for, this is the class to bring the machine to. We will go over threading straight stitch machines. Printout and bring: Trouble Shooting Your Machine, from the downloads page of this blog. We will also master the use of the serger. Be prepared: This class can take up to 2 class periods to teach.
Computer Patternmaking with Patternmaker. There are 2 weeks left before we are going to get our patterns printed. I WANT you all to be ready. I hope you all worked on your patterns during the break. Those of you who are late with your patterns will have to get them printed yourself. So work hard and I will see you all on Wednesday night.
This picture is from Tuesday’s Apparel Construction course where we had a day of Image Consultation. Thank you, Virginia !!!
Hello A-Team !!!!
What an exciting week !!!! Sewing Fundamentals 2 is now open and running. We learned all about personal color, and style on Tuesday. On Saturday, we had a Fandango Field Trip to Joanne’s on Navajo and Fletcher. IT was GREAT !!!! This coming Monday, we will be cutting out our pattern, pinning them together on the seam line, and trying on the pattern. Needed for today’s lesson are: 3/4 inch invisible “green” scotch tape, adding machine tape (Not the thermal kind), a gallon size baggie, the complete pattern, a highlighter, paper scissors, and a pencil. In your spare time, read your pattern guide. These pattern fittings usually gives us some preliminary patternmaking to do, before we cut out our fabric. Remember, now that you have bought your fabric, it is time to pre-shrunk it. On Tuesday, we will continue with our pattern fittings. Once we are done, I will explain commandment #2 in MUCH more detail: 12: Respect Thy Grainlines……. Learn how to straighten your grains. And then, you will be able to lay out your patterns on your fabric and get the OKAY to cut.
Computer Patternmaking only had one class this week. Hope you all had a terrific day off !!!! On Thursday, we continued with patterning our final projects. You know you need to be finished with this by December 10. We are very lucky to have Pedro in the class, so that we can get our final patterns printed as a group. To speed things up, you can open the pattern in your personal Patternmaker download, and work on it, at home.
Tuesday’s Tech Tip, Nov. 10, 2015 Thank you Cindy !!!!!
I is for Internet Shortcuts
Do you use the same browser all the time? Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, or maybe Firefox? Most PC work stations in our district have Internet Explorer but they may also include one or two others. As you navigate around the Internet it is helpful to know a few keyboard shortcuts to save time. Here are a few that are not specific to any one browser and should work with all web browsers.
Ctrl + T to open a new tab and type a new address.
Ctrl + Tab to scroll through all the websites you have open.
Ctrl and + OR Ctrl +mouse wheel up to zoom in.
Ctrl and – OR Ctrl + mouse wheel down to zoom out.
F11 key to go to full screen mode. Press again to return to previous size.
This is the final week of classes before the Turkey Day break. Come to class and learn !!! See you all there !!!!!
This coming week, is the end of Sewing Fundamentals 1: The Sewing Techniques Portfolio. Last week, we learned how to make three types of pockets, and we learned how to hand hem. We also practiced blind hemming with a sewing machine. I personally do not like this technique, but it is good for curtains and drapes. On Monday, we will be learning three ways to input a zipper and we will be having buttonhole practice. On Tuesday, your portfolios are due during class. Class pictures will be taken. The week after this, will start Sewing Fundamentals 2: Apparel Construction. Sewing Fundamentals is now taught in 2 parts. Each part will teach you to sew. So don’t worry if you are just coming on board to learn. Print, read your syllabus and come to class.
In our Computer Patternmaking Class, we are now back in room 208, to begin computer patterning our final project with Patternmaker. For the past three weeks, we made muslin toiles to ensure that our measurements were inputted in the program correctly. We worked on our final croqui images so that we knew what our final project will look like. AND we made quarter size patterns of what we need to do in Patternmaker. What creativity !!!!! How exciting !!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqEuVgO8Rno The Joan Dress – This video is over an hour. I have NO IDEA why it is called the Joan Dress. I just could NOT resist putting this video in my blog. She follows her pattern guide to sew the dress. And she does an excellent job on putting in the back zipper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9faErEnVb8s Ever wonder how a professional dress form is made? Well here is your chance to see a video on it. This video is for Alva Forms. Get a cup of coffee and sit and relax. There is really 2 videos here, back to back. The first one, is a commercial for the second one. Enjoy !!!!
I find my motivational quotes from the tag that hangs on the kind of tea I like. The company’s name is Good Earth. Here is my last motivational quote for the week: The author is unknown. Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eyes.