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Thank you for sending this, Sandy !!!!

Hello A-Team !!!!!

Things are finally coming back to normal.  YEAH !!!!!  

Sewing Fundamentals:  Last week, Jeanne had you cut your portfolio patterns and showed you a power point of supplies that you will need to buy.  Then last Tuesday, we went on a field trip to buy supplies.  Not many students showed, due to the rain, but a good time was had by all who came !!!!  This coming week, we will learn how to lay out and cut our patterns correctly on grain.  What fun !!!!  Here is what I wrote in the syllabus, about the upcoming week.

Week 3:  Mon  Sept 21Fabric Prep work is the most important part of sewing:  Totally take notes on this lesson if you come unprepared !!!!  Truing your fabric on grain, Layout your portfolio patterns on your preshrunk fabric.  (View the pictures:  Finding Grainlines & Layout.)  Remember to:  1.  Lay everything on grain.  2.  Get an okay from the instructor to cut.   Production Term of the Day is commandment #12:  Respect Thy Grainlines.  Remember to cut your interfacing:  WOVEN:  Back neck facing, Front facing, Collar, V-neck facing, Two 8 ½ x 11 sheets (woven buttonholes and closures).  KNIT interfacing for one 9 x 4 inch pattern pieces. Check what is written on your pattern pieces.  Homework:  What you do not finish in class, you will need to do at home.  Come to class tomorrow with everything cut out on grain.  Remember to bring Scrap Fabric to all classes plus all your cut out fabric pattern pieces and patterns.  Individual and Group Help.  

Tues Sept 22 – More Prep Work:  Demo & Do:  Fusing interfacing with a press cloth, Serging, and Marking:  Darts:  regular 4 & fisheye 2, Dots (inseam pocket, shoulder on sleeve), lines, corners, swirl, wrist ruffle.  Commandment #14:  Thine Iron is Thy Friend.  Learn to give TLC to the school’s sergers.  Homework:  Finish up what you didn’t get to complete in class.  Individual and Group Help.  Remember to bring Scrap Fabric to all classes plus all your cut out fabric pattern pieces and patterns.  Individual and Group Help.

Computer Patternmaking with Patternmaker:  Last week, we made our croqui pictures.  These will be used to design on.  Remember, to draw as if someone else will be making up your garment.  We also started researching what we want to design.  For the next 2 weeks, we will have an introduction to Patternmaker’s icons and menus.    

Great Links:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/assets/pdf-download/One-seam_poncho.pdf  Great Article !!!!!  Download the PDF.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx   Great FREE Halloween Bat from Urban Threads.  Grab it.  If you do NOT have an embroidery machine, get the design in .pes fromat.

This is the latest book catalog from Bloomsbury and Fairchild.  Great current book offerings !!!!!

Enjoy !!!!!       See you all in class this week !!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office:  619-588-2244


The Final Week of Summer

B&W Form & Color Formal
Time for Final Fittings


Hello A-Team:

Thursday is the final day of summer school.  This makes me very very sad.  This will be the last official A-Team email until the Fall semester begins on September 8.  Keep checking back for the new syllabi, patterns, and other updates.  

For the next 3 classes, we will be sewing away on our shirts and pants.  When you are done, by fabric and start another project.  Your choice.  I will be here to help you.  Next Thursday, we will be having a pot luck in the student lounge.  There is a sign up sheet in the classroom.  I will be taking pictures of your completed outfits.  Without those pictures, I can’t prove your grade.  So come dressed to our Pot Luck !!!!!  What fun !!!!!

Pot Luck on Thursday


Get FREE Threads e-Newsletters:  http://ThreadsMagazine.com/4Newsletter  

Link to Dior and I.  I tried to view this through my television.  It did not buffer right.  Try viewing this on your computer.  And say Thank You to Elo !!!!!!  http://putlocker.tn/dior-and-i/    

3D Printed Clothing on YouTube.  Thank You Jena !!!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s94mIhCyt4      

See you all in class this week !!!!!  



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Fashion Show Update +

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Hello A-Team:

Attached please find the 2013 Silk and Saffron Flyer. Print as many as you need. There has been a change in timing. All models need to be at the school by 3 PM on Friday. We will be having a rehearsal. I will keep you informed throughout the week as to further changes.

You just gotta know….in both courses: Drapingand the First Pattern, everyone is hard at work trying to finish their project for the Fashion Show. Don’t push it. Good work takes time !!!!!!

I was at Home Goods in Parkway Plaza last Friday. They had a whole bunch of Martha Stewart tomato keepers for $2.99 each. These keepers are PERFECT for pin cushions. This is a safety issue. By using these containers, little fingers, dogs, cats, etc., cannot accidently swallow a pin or needle.

I want to suggest: if you are thinking of taking my summer course, Working With Asian Garment Patterns, buy the book now. You have a choice of 3 books. They are sold on www.Amazon.com. I do have copies of these books in the classroom. You are welcome to look at mine, before you buy one of your own. You only will need only one of the 3 books. Each book has different patterns in them. We will only have time to make up one pattern. Make SURE you buy your book in English. They do come in both Japanese and in English. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=drape%20drape&sprefix=Drape+Drape%2Caps%2C305 Each book is less than $20. All three books were written by Hisako Sato.

Amazing Links:

The Fashion Bookstore located in the California Market Center. www.thefashionbookstore.com This is a great resource !!!!! Check it out !

Free Webinar for embroidering ready to wear clothing: http://bullarddesigns.com/webinar-home/ Looks great to me !!!!

Cute Free Designs. Remember to get the format .pes, if you do not own an embroidery machine, yet. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=b8tdhpdab&v=001ritck83OfZkvVsQiE3XEfFDcxwdoridms9loLqh-YKS__o4JEEsavU4RrRekst_qWo0W50rOlezgEVBq00cC6VeCV-msh9MZe5ZDArsdK3s%3D

Serger videos. I still think a Babylock Imagine is the serger to buy because the threading is so easy!!!!. BUT here, are some videos to help you get acquainted with sergers and serging. http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f8c95083dae7cbbbdc4d7ab5f&id=9343413a33&e=aa6f2dee5f

http://ebm.e.taunton.com/c/tag/hBRi$3HAri9wOB8yU6FAuxTDd.Ari9wOUj/doc.html?t_params=I_ADSPOT_PRINTSUB_RENEW%3D0%26I_ADSPOT_THRSUBS%3D0%26I_SUBJECTLINE%3D0%26EMAIL%3Dmckenna%2540gothere.com%26FNAME%3DJANICE%26PASSWORD%3DAri9wOAuxTDdBRi%25243Hgq5noiBn6V1A%26SOURCE%3DCA Threads newsletter.

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

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Silk and Saffron II

Hello A-Team !!!!

Such excitement !!!! The West City Campus annual Silk and Saffron II Fashion and Culinary Show will be on Friday, May 17th, from 4 to 7 PM. What fun !!!! You will be able to show the world how much you have learned !!!!! If you were in the Portfolio course, we will be displaying portfolios. Let me know if you will allow me to display your shoe box !!!! We will also display completed dress forms. We will be modeling draped dresses and PJs. What fun !!!!!

I also want to let you know that I got the flyers for the summer courses !!!!  You can print the PDFs from the right side column.  In the coming weeks, I will get the syllabi up on the blog.  But for now, here they are:

The Courses:

Draping: We started working on our draped dresses this week. We are going to continue working on them, through May 15th…… May 17th is the Fashion Show !!!!

First Pattern: The prep work is done and the sewing has begun. Remember that you need to press and fit (try on your PJs) as you sew. Remember commandment #14: Thy iron is they friend. AND sewing commandment #13 says a lot: Seam lines are second chances for perfect fit.

A few Incredible Links to keep you on your toes:

http://www.thekitchn.com/no-more-soggy-salad-a-guide-to-the-perfect-salad-in-a-jar-186104 No more Soggy Salads: A Guide to the Perfect Salad in a Jar. Thank you Faye for submitting this. What a GREAT idea !!!!

Here is a link to a video where you can learn how to use triangular quilting rulers: www.fonsandporter.com/trirecs

http://www.ageless-embroidery.com/fontinprogress.html You can pick up a complete exquisite alphabet font – free from Ageless embroidery. You need to do it soon. The set will go on sale on May 1st. Remember, if you don’t have an embroidery machine, pick up this font in the PES format. The format is just about universal.

Check out these Sewing Bee videos from Great Britain!!!! Thank you Rita for submitting this !!!!!! Move over Project Runway !!!! Even though the videos are long, they are worth watching. You will learn SO much. The critiques are much more positive. They are judging the sewer’s skill !!!! Very Refreshing. AND OF COURSE…..I LOVE THE TROPHY !!!!!! Simple and worth all the work !!!!!!!

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Final Episode 4:

See U all in class this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Forging Ahead !!!!

Attention A-Team:

I know, the lessons are getting harder. Realize that every class builds upon the other. One of the definitions of “forging” is to advance gradually and steadily. You can also forge quickly and suddenly. The outcomes are till the same: Everything comes together in the end. Trust me. Six months from today, the lessons will sink in, as you begin to use the techniques in your everyday sewing.


I didn’t have a chance to read all the evaluations, yet. Thank you all for filling them out !!!!!


Good Stuff Happening THIS Week!!!!

Next Tuesday night, March 5th, Central Sewing is coming to demo the amazing feet for the Imagine and the Evolution. If you want to be there, you will need to sign into this course. There is plenty of space. The demonstration/lecture will start around 7 PM. This will give the Rupleys time to close up shop and grab a bite, before they come. If you were thinking about these sergers, this is the time to come and see what else they can do. I can do everything listed on the “cheat sheets” but when it comes to the accessory feet…..I am in awe !!!! Kudos goes to Jewel for bringing in her Evolution for the demonstration.


The Courses:

Draping on Body Doubles: Last week and this week, we continue with our slipcover fittings. Some of the students are ready to start the final fittings on the right side of the slipcovers. The next step will be to sew on our soutache braid. I sewed mine on by hand. BUT…last class, someone sewed it on by machine. I LOVE this technique! Within the next 2 weeks, we will be padding out our dress forms and putting our personally fitted slipcovers permanently on. Our arms will be completed, too. If some of you, want to attend this class, just to learn how to drape, you can easily slip in here. You can learn on the school’s full size dress forms. I can also bring in a couple ½ size dress forms, if you would like to learn on these. Just let me know.

The Sewing Techniques Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we learned the Corded seam, the Curved seam, the Flat Felled seam, and the Inset Right hand corner. Last Thursday, was tough. We learned how to control fullness six ways: Elastic waist casing with Ban Roll Elastic, Eased sleeve caps 2 ways, Ruffle cuff, classic Straight Stitch Rolled hem, Sleeve Insertion without puckers and tucks. It was a lot to take in. Remember….all these techniques are MUCH easier when you do them full size instead of ½ size. Next Tuesday, you will see and experience 3 different seams on the Imagine serger and one on the Evolve. (The Evolve, is the older model of the Evolution.) You will get to compare the 4-thread seam, the 3 thread seam, and the rolled hem. On the Evolve, you will see and understand what the cover stitch is. After you do all of this, the Rupleys will come and show you the rest. Make sure you have paper and pen for notes. Next Thursday, we will learn all about darts. We will also make up a collar and insert it in our ½ size bodice.


Links & More:

Free Embroideries

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/newsletter/20130304.html Gorgeous Religious Easter Embroidery. If you do not own an embroidery machine; always get your free embroideries in the .pes format – IF given the choice.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx Urban Threads has a cute Sasquatch design to grab.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=b8tdhpdab&v=001cHaZO6NvI5UCEFoYx8ZOAnNIqJQDzuX6TvujbLCri8P85EByE2KQOx8PAWHtx6x_sJVvZp2tiQilG69-opGdxOGGek851f6N68-_yhPgWvE%3D There is a cute monster at the bottom of the page. If you go into JuJu Designs, there are a bunch of freebies there.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/how-to-use-the-tape-stitching-foot/ This video is for you, Nancy. This foot is BETTER than the metal Binder foot that I bought for my machine. Be sure to check out the other videos concerning feet on the right hand side of the video.


Good Bra Fitting Tips

This article is from the Bra Makers Supply Newsletter.


  • should fit all the way around each breast
  • should not have flesh bulging out anywhere
  • should keep the breast inside the cup
  • should support the breast comfortably
  • should not allow any skin to rub against skin
  • should not need to be padded in order to support well


  • should encircle the breast mound completely
  • should not poke, pull or protrude
  • should not hurt to wear


  • should hold the cups in place without being too tight
  • should not ride up at the back
  • should be snug enough to engage tension on elastic
  • should not roll up, or dig into the rib cage
  • should sit on or very nearly on the breastbone


  • should not be digging into the shoulders
  • should not fall off the shoulders
  • should hold the breasts at a comfortable height
  • should not support the weight of the breasts

See you all in class this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Truth in the Pine Sol Commercials

Check out the shoe bottoms
Check out the shoe bottoms

Hello A-Team:

So I keep seeing that Pine Sol commercial where the lady is wearing shoes that clean her floor. And I keep thinking HOW do they dream these things up????????????

I found the following @ Wal-Mart. I just could NOT believe it !!



My pick for the best dressed at the Oscars 2013.

A note about Cleaning Irons. An iron with rough or sticky spots on its surface can be cleaned by running it, set at low, over a piece of paper with salt on it. This household hint was from the SALT Helpful Household Hints Book. Sometimes, you can get these books through Publisher’s Clearing House. And you can also enter their sweepstakes……………

Last Monday was President’s day. School was not in session. Oh yes, here is another date to mark on your calendar. The REAL Columbus Day is October 12, 1492. Thank you, for submitting this, Selenia. I received the following from Margy. Here is the truth about what happened to the US calendar. She remembered.

I knew Lincoln and Washington and Martin Luther and Cesar Chavez. Back in the late sixties they changed some of the holidays to be Monday and Fridays, to encourage people to travel and see more of the US. Now that gas is so high no one can afford to travel and so we all just get 3 day weekends. It is also cheaper for companies to turn off heat and air conditioners for 3 days rather that one day and turn everything back on for another today of work and off again. Of course we cannot change the 4th of July, or Christmas and New Year’s, or Thanksgiving (set by congress), and few others set by congress. So as you said Mark the Calendar with the correct Date and celebrate, and enjoy 3 day weekend.

Remember to sign up with Sew Pro’s for their annual bus trip to the LA Garment District and M & L Fabrics. Call Rosemary or Deanna at Clairemont for bus details: 858-270-4700.

What’s Happing in the Courses:

Draping: We only met last Wednesday. We are in the process of fitting our dress form slipcovers. This means, use ONLY basting stitches. If you don’t; UNSEWING for changes will be tough. Remember to always wear the bra you will be using on your dress form for the fittings. Remember to work on your arm, too. Angel went to the lecture at Mesa: Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Star Reality Show. She told us all that she learned a lot !!!!! This week, we will concentrate on the fittings. Next week, we should be ready to start padding out our dress forms…….

Here is a great article concerning Vintage Soutache Braid. We’re going to put this on our dress forms……… http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29739/a-vintage-blouse-embellished-with-soutache-braid/page/all

Portfolio Class: Last Week we learned all about seam finishes and 3 seams: the slot, classic French seam, and the serged French variation. There was also free time to catch up during Thursday’s class. Being that only 6 people stayed, I am assuming everyone is all caught up with their cutting, fusing, serging, tracing and marking. Prep work really is a lot of fun!!!!! It makes sewing so much easier. This week, we will learn 4 more seams and how to control fullness. These lessons will make it easier for you to read a pattern guide, which you will have to do when you use ‘Your First Commercial Pattern,’ starting April 11.

Links and More: Commandment #XVIII Expose Thyself to Historical and Technical Sewn Product Inspiration.

The following 2 links are from Kris. These sites are DYNAMITE costuming sites. Thank you Kris !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.cosprop.com http://www.bowers.org/index.php/learn/cut_costume_and_the_cinema

This link is from John. It will give you insight into today’s fashion designers: http://showstudio.com/collections/page:1 Real-time reportage and analysis from fashion’s most influential Collections. Thank you, John !!!!!


Found a GREAT new site to buy Quilting Fabric: www.thousandsofbolts.com .

The Latest Digital Stitches Magazine: http://www.stitches-digital.com/publication/frame.php?i=147184&p=&pn=&ver=flex

Embroidery Tip from Master Deborah Jones:

Normally, the needle type used for sewing a particular fabric crosses over to embroidering that fabric.
For instance, you sew a knit with a ball point needle and you embroider a knit with a ball point needle.
Do you know the two instances when the proper needle for sewing a particular material is not the proper needle
to embroider that fabric?

The two materials are satin and leather.
Satin is sewn with a sharp point needle, but in embroidery, there are many needle penetrations in a close proximity.
This concentration of stitches delivered by a sharp point needle can cut the floating threads on satin fabrics.
A light ball point should be used for embroidery on satin. A small blade size such as 70/10 is ideal for this lightweight fabric.

Leather is usually sewn with a “chisel”, “wedge” or “narrow wedge” needle point. These needles, also called “leather needles”,
were developed with cutting points to help make a very straight seam.
But even the needle manufacturer will tell you that these cutting point needles should NEVER be used for embroidery.
They cut your leather because of the concentration of stitches as compared to a seam. They can also cut any previously applied embroidery stitches.
For example, if you apply lettering over a fill, the stitches in the fill would be cut by the cutting points when the lettering is applied.
The best needle point for garment leather is a light ball point. It punches out a nice round hole with enough room for the thread to exit without breaking. Very thin or fragile leather should be embroidered with a sharp point needle.

See you all in class this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Happy President’s Day!!!!!

Hello A-Team:

Happy President’s Day!!!! I hope you all did something exciting on your extra day off!

You know, since they moved all the holidays to Mondays and Fridays, I bet that some of you do not know the real birthdays of Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. They don’t even mark calendars any more with these and other important historical dates !!!!! I don’t think this is a good thing. I think it is a matter of convenience. It used to be, if a holiday fell in the middle of the week, say on a Thursday, some less honorable workers would take the holiday off and then just call in on the Friday. This made 4 day weekends anyway. So as a matter of convenience, the holiday celebrations were moved. God willing, they won’t move July 4th to make yearly 3 day weekends.

To set the record straight, here are the dates:

Martin Luther King: 1-15-1929

Benjamin Franklin: 1-17-1706 Michele Obama was also born on 1-17-1964

Abraham Lincoln: 2-12-1809

George Washington: 2-22-1732

So enjoy your 4 day weekend and mark your computer calendars – with NO end date – so you never forget what these people did for us.

Doings in the Current Courses:

Draping on Body Doubles: A Personal Shout Out to Kris! Last Monday, she took a pattern to Pt. Loma’s Kinkos and printed up 3 sleeves and a back for the other students in the class!!!!! Thank you very very much !!!! All last week, we tried on our paper slipcover patterns, and started cutting our fabric. On Wednesday, this week, we will start fitting our slipcovers to our fit models or ourselves. Remember to sew everything up with big basting stitches! I am sure…there will be a lot of unsewing and resewing to get the slipcovers to fit like a glove. Remember to put the back zipper in first, when the back is flat. It is easier this way. Again…..sew the zipper in lapped and with basting stitches. Oh, I almost forgot: Use non-matching thread. The sooner we get the dressforms covered, the sooner we can design, drape and sew our dresses for the school’s Silk and Saffron Fashion Show on May 17th.

Sewing Fundamentals: Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we learned how to care of the school’s and your own personal sewing machines. I also handed out a “cheat sheet” for fusing, serging and marking your portfolio patterns. I am hoping this made the sewing prep work go easier. Many of you have read the Portfolio Instructions. I just didn’t think the prep work to sewing was covered clear enough. Prep work is the backbone to sewing. If you do your prep work, and pattern fittings when you are making a garment, everything will come out terrifically!!!! Last Thursday, we finished up our sewing prep work, and practiced needle down turns, circles, and lines all with back stitching. We also made our first 7 seams. The outcomes from this class got you 10 points on your Sewing Techniques Grading Sheet!!!! On Tuesday, this week, we will be studying and sewing seam finishes including serging, which you should not be afraid of anymore. On Thursday, we will start doing some interesting seams. Come to class and learn !!!!!

A question also came up. Buying your First Sewing Machine. As you all know, I am prejudice concerning sewing machines. I have my favorites. In time, so will you. NOT wanting to do the leg work to buy your first sewing machine is NOT an option. You need to see what is being offered on the market. I know, you are not going to buy top of the line. I know you should NOT buy from a BIG BOX store. You need to find a dealer who will work with you. Read what Sew Pro’s has to say in the right hand column concerning buying your first sewing machine. Pfaffs and Berninas are top of the line. Janome is the easiest machines to work. Brother and Elna all have low end models. So does Babylock. I love what Babylock has to offer. You can get them in Paradise, in Poway or in El Cajon at Central. They have new straight machines for less than $500 that will do all that you need, at the moment. And then….as your skills grow and your sewing machine wish list gets longer, you may be able to trade your machine in, for a newer more featured machine. I say maybe, because once you decide to trade in your machine, you will have others knocking at your door….ready to take your old machine off your hands. So from the bottom of my heart, I tell you….do the MIRACLE 10 MILES OF SEWING MACHINES. See what is new. AND LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE IN THE USED DEPARTMENT. You will get more bang for your buck, if you buy a used machine. And you will get to know your dealer. THIS EXPERIENCE IS THE MOST VALUE PART OF LOOKING FOR A MACHINE. You will decide if you trust the dealer. And if you can….this is the right fit for you !!!!

************************************I am still working on the Lecture: Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Star Reality Show. I have asked more questions. If the answers I get are in YOUR favor, I will e-write the A-Team again. It’s going to be tight. The lecture will be given at Mesa, on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 late in the afternoon.

Links and Reads

::This is an article that should NEVER have happened:: The fact that it happened in a major hotel chain makes this story even more damaging.

The article was from Skeldale House Designs dated: 2-18-2013.

I do not normally do this but maybe this does need to be passed on

Last Monday night my niece Corrie Adolph was sexually assaulted while on holiday in Mexico In her words

"I have struggled with speaking up, as I am sure many woman do, but abuse won’t stop if we don’t speak up…On Monday night I was sexually assaulted by the bellboy at my resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When I reported it to management, they spent more time trying to figure out how many drinks I had than to find the culprit. (I had three BTW over 4 hours), but even if I had 30, there is NO EXCUSE to sexually assault someone. Pls help me spread the word, and let’s put some pressure on the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar to create better policies to protect solo women travelers. Please repost, and lets raise our voices against sexual assault, and give other women courage to speak up!

Thanks folks, really I am fine, and I so appreciate your well wishes. Please take a minute to post on your Facebook and Twitter accounts a Warning about the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas. Only with widespread bad press can we force them to change their policy on how they treat women who come forward."

Sheraton facebook


I give you all permission to pass this on to as many venues as possible.

“Bell bottom G” applique. Enjoy. http://www.skeldalehouse.com

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-cats-or-dogs-more-protective-for-childrens-health/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-cats-or-dogs-more-protective-for-childrens-health&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=fc024b2a3d-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email Are Cats or Dogs More Protective For Children’s Health?

Thank you for sending this, Kirsty !!!! She just discovered that San Diego has a fashion week. There will be a runway show and everything. Ii think it would be really cool to see one in person. http://fashionweeksd.com/c

http://www.freetrademagazines.com/computers-information-technology-magazines/?cid=7877 Interesting Free Trade Magazines.

See you all in class this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Doings in the Classroom

Hello A-Team!

The school would like you all to sign up for emergency e-mail and text notifications. This is a good thing to do. Check it out on the main SDCE site. www.sdce.edu. Look under quick links at the bottom of the page. Check e2CE notifications. Check it out !!!!! You will be glad you did.

Patternmaking Certificate news: It seems that the school ran out of certificates for Patternmaking for the Fall 2012 semester. They need to be remade. I will let you know when they are ready.

Last week, in Draping, we had measuring day on Monday night and on Wednesday night, we made our patterns in a great program called Patternmaker. You can check out the program at: www.patternmakerusa.com. This program is $400 and it is great! The patterns were printed in a program called cute PDF. Cute PDF writer is a free program if you need to make PDF files. www.cutepdf.com. This weekend, we all went to our Local Staples, (all except the one on Rosecrans. For some reason, they just can’t seem to plot the pattern.) and had our pattern plotted out on a wide 36 inch printer. For the same price as a regular pattern, you get a customized pattern to your measurements. And this week, we get to cut our patterns out, with customized 1 inch seam allowances, try them on, and then cut them out of our non-stretch denim. We are on our way, to customized dress form covers !!!!!!

Our zippers came in !!! Due to the fact that I missed the cut off for Chinese New Years, I had to buy a slightly longer zipper, (by 5 inches), from their stock in the US. I am sure you will be pleased. I will be giving them out during Monday night’s class.

I got an email from Mesa College. They are sponsoring a lecture called: “Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Reality Show called Fashion Stars (NBC)” The lecture will be at Mesa on February 20th @ 4 PM. I was wondering how many of you want to attend ????? Let me know. If enough of you want to go, I will see if I can schedule a field trip.

Last week in our Portfolio class, we cut our patterns out, and had a lesson on fusing and marking. On Thursday, we laid out our fabric, on grain with the patterns. We learned a valuable lesson in commandment 12: Respect Thy Grainlines. This commandment will make all your garments look professional along with commandment #14: Thine iron is thy friend.

Now, you can cut your portfolio patterns at home. This is better than cutting them on the hallway floor. (Although I will tell you, that I have cut my patterns on fabric on floors for a long long time.) This coming Tuesday, we will learn how to take care of straight stitch sewing machines and sergers. We will go over again, the lesson on fusing, marking and edge finishing. On Thursday, we will begin our “Sew Along with Joanie” sewing with practicing our control sheets and making plain seams. By this coming Thursday…..everything should be cut, fused, marked and serged. All instructions are in the handouts, your text, or you can go to www.sewing.org or www.YouTube.com. I promise, the pace of the class will slow down from this point.

Interesting Links:

Check out your fellow student’s website. He does a great job !!!!!! www.fokai.tv. He has distribution around the world. How exciting !!!!!

http://www.dzgns.com/blast2013/coops/2013_02_Newsletter/DesignsPlus/index.html?utm_medium=enewsletterpage&utm_campaign=feb Free handbag project. Very cute !!!! Although the embroidery designs for this handbag are NOT free, they can easily be imitated with free motion embroidery and a little imagination.

Trend Report Spring 2013 Clothing 03 February, 2013 Written by Jolie Angie

Spring is almost in pipeline. Means we must know what to wear in spring 2013. As fashion changes continuously and we fashionistas love to wear what’s in trend, so therefore we must first know the trends. Not only fashionistas and fashion fanatics but other people who do not strictly follow trends must know at least what’s in trend. There’s a complete clothing trend report for you.

1. Black & White The Classic Contrast: Black and white contrast is in. Many designers like Jason Wu, Prabal Grunge, Alexander Wang and Philip Lim created this classic black and white look on the runway. I think this is the everlasting hottest combination.

2. Collage Look: The mixing of patterns and patches of different textures to make a dress is in thing for spring 2013. You must at least add one piece like this one. Proenza Schouler, Preen, Derek Lam, Thakoon and many others showcased this look.

3. The Electric Palette: Popping bright bold colors are best for spring. Rock a bit with those colors along with black and white.

4. Frill that flounce: Wear flowing frills that dance on your dress. Either big or small, diagonal or vertical Frills are must for summer. Chloe`, J.W.Anderson and Gucci created those perfect flouncy frills.

5. Global Chic: Marchesa, Peter Som, Marc Jacob, Thakoon and Tory Burch showcased what’s happening in fashion all around the globe.

6. Leather Love: Its a good news for leather lovers to wear leather in Spring either in the form of long cats, jackets or frocks. I love leather pieces at Burberry, Carven, DKNY, Jason Wu and special one The Balmain.

7. Sheer Veils: Sheer fabric with a veil look is in thing for spring 2013. Wear some frocks and floor length sheer maxi gowns that looked like veils. Ladies looked like warped in sheer veils at Marchesa, Carolina Herarra, Azzaro and Alberta Ferreratti.

8. Stripes: Marc Jacob, Tommy Hilfiger, PPQ, Vivienne Tam and mnay other showcased stripes in all angles. So wear stripes either big or small, wide or thin or in any color combination.

February is American Heart Month.

Heart Attack Prevention is as easy as A B C!

Avoid tobacco

Become more active

Choose good nutrition

Sounds simple doesn’t it?

So why is coronary heart disease the single major cause of death, and stroke the No. 3 killer in the U.S.? One reason is lack of commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. By following these three simple steps, you can reduce all of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Ø Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Ø Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Ø Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Ø Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Ø Women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, tell a doctor about your symptoms. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

For more information on heart conditions and heart health, visit: www.americanheart.org

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Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

One More Exciting Week before Winter Break

Dear A-Team:

Hope some of you went to the meeting: Coffee with Cops. It was held in the West City Center Main Lobby on Thursday, Dec 6th @ noon. I heard it was very informational. If you are interested in an embroidery course this summer 2013, send me an email. The more students that show interest, the easier it will be for me to hold the course. At the bottom of this email, I have copied the story of Mistletoe that I found in a local sales catalog. It’s quite the story!! You need to file this story under “I Never Knew that Before !!!!” Plus I have added 2 more informational tidbits about this season. Read on down !!!!!!!

Now for the classes:

Flat Patternmaking:  Last week, we finished flat patterning the raglan sleeve blouse with the convertible collar. We also had a catch up day to turn in all the flat patterns we made thus far for a grading. I called this a Portfolio of work, but, I LOVED all the shoeboxes. Next week, we are going to learn another way to make a pattern. I am going to teach how to do a knockoff of a finished garment. There are actually 4 ways to do this. We will talk about 3 of them and do the 4th. Come prepared to work on Monday and Wednesday night. The lesson will start @ 6 PM. Don’t push to come from work. Be safe. Remember your croqui picture(s) are due on Wednesday for your final project. Here is a list of the things you need to bring on Monday night.

1.  You can either choose one blouse or shirt with sleeves or one pair of jeans.

2.  Needle point tracing wheel, if you don’t have one. I have T-pins I can give you.

3.  Cardboard cutting board, if you have one. OR a large piece of corrugated cardboard. (We cannot damage the tables)

4.  Pencils and pens.

5.  Rulers.

6.  Sewing kit with paper scissors and straight pins.

7.  And I always like to have a religious object hanging around to help with the process. (I have seen beautiful angels, small bibles, dreidels, and quite a few hands of God.

Using your First Commercial Pattern: We are now making our garments according to our pattern guides. AND as you have discovered, the guides leave a lot for you to know that they don’t tell you. Thanks why I am here. As a sewing operation comes up that you don’t know….just ask Joanie! She will show you how with some little tricks and tips. Last Thursday, I showed how to put in set-in sleeves. This Tuesday, I think some of you will be ready for me to show you how to put in an elastic waistband.

It’s a Tradition to Kiss under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that attacks and grows on a variety of healthy plants, most frequently trees. It is most commonly known culturally as the cute little plant that we hang in the doorway and traditionally kiss beneath around the holiday season. Yet, with such a bad rap in botany, why do we celebrate the plant and share an intimate moment beneath it around Christmastime?

In ancient Europe, nature was religiously revered as a gift from God. It was often incorporated into religious holidays and observances. Because mistletoe is an evergreen plant, it was believed to have mystical properties and was commonly hung in doorways for protection.

The tradition of kissing beneath mistletoe began in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies. It was believed that mistletoe could heal illness, protect against nightmares, and even provide fertility. In the 18th and 19th centuries, kissing beneath mistletoe became a widespread tradition maintained around the superstition that women kissed beneath the plant would be married, become fertile, and bear many children.

Although kissing beneath mistletoe is not taken so seriously anymore, we still participate in the ancient tradition during the holiday season. So the next time you are feeling a little daring during the holidays, hand a sprig of mistletoe in a doorway. Pucker up and kiss the one standing beneath it to continue on the tradition.

Adam Sandler’s The Hannukah Song

Put on your yamukah
Here comes Hannukah
So much funnukah
To celebrate Hannukah

Hannukah is: the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights


Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States (and more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.[1] It is ideological, with seven core principles (Nguzo Saba): Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

For more go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

I would LOVE to post other Holiday traditions. If you know any, let me know.

Until then……Have a GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON !!!!!! HO! HO! HO!

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244