Food For Thought during the Break

Hello A-Team:

This past week before Spring break was a busy one. Check out these pictures !!!!!!!

I had some time to go over the evaluations.

Portfolio:

I was asked why I don’t allow for lab time at the end of class. The reason is that everyone gets up and leaves when the lesson is over. Also, for the students who get out of work around 5, it takes them time to get to class, so for their sake, starting the lecture/demos at 6 gives them time to make it on time. I try not to start before 6 pm. Sometimes, I am asked to start early.

Some of you, wanted time to repeat the portfolio lesson a second time. The class is just not long enough to do this.

No, I will not supply coffee and donuts in the class. Only clear liquids are legally allowed in the classroom.

Sewing swimwear, lingerie, alterations, and dance wear are taught in Sew Like a Pro classes. Learn the basics first.

By the end of class, you should be able to read and understand a commercial pattern.

Draping:

I can’t keep assignment vague. You need to complete dressform so we can move on to learn the industry method of draping. The closest I can come to being vague, is the dress you are going to make for the fashion show.

The supply requirements are as accurate as I can get them. I always find I forget things. Each class is a bit different in their needs. Some of the students want a list of things they just need to begin the course. This caused confusion for some of you. So I asterisked the items that you need on April 1. I don’t know which way is best until I run the class on April 1 and see what everyone brings.

When we begin draping on our dress forms, the class organization will change. Lectures/demos will begin at 6 pm. All the points of the class are in the text book. You will need required text on April 1.

Giving out the evaluations early in the course was NOT my idea. And I cannot change it.

I am going to try to teach Patternmaker computer patternmaking in the fall of 2013. As to bling, sequins, rhinestones, and fabric dying: this is part of the textile embellishment course. I am teaching this, this summer. You will be able to add bling to your purses.

A lot of what you want me to write on the board, is written in the syllabus – class by class.

The Classes:

April 1 is the first day back from the Break. See you all in class !!!!!

Portfolio: Last week, we learned about closures: shank and sew through buttons, snaps, hooks and eyes. We got into raw edge applique and sewing on patches. Last Thursday, we learned all bout pockets. After the Spring Break, we have 3 classes left. We will learn about hemming, zippers, and buttonholes. Your shoe boxes are due on April 9th, along with your Portfolio Grading Sheet. I always look forward to you moving on to making PJs. You will be using all the skills you learned in the Portfolio class. You are all invited to the Dutch Treat Dinner going on – Wednesday night, in El Cajon’s Tyler’s Taste of Texas. If you want more details, call me.

Draping: I know, you are all excited to finish your dress forms !!!! April first I will be teaching how to drape a bodice. Over the break, you need to do about 3 croqui pictures, finish your forms and arms. You are all as busy as I am, this week!!!!! I want to end this email with pictures of a dress form I did in 1999. I think it will help you finish your necks. My mother-in-law did NOT have any children around. This is why the neck is left loose. When I did my dress form, in 1982, I had young children. My neck needed to be tight. Sara’s too. She has young kids with tiny fingers that can get caught in things. Check out the pictures. I am sure they will help you.

If anyone wants to learn how to drape, print out the syllabus on the blog, www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com , and come prepared to drape on Monday, April 1. Yes, there are supplies you will need. I have home dress forms that belong to the school. You can use those to learn on. You are all welcome to come to the fandango dinner at Tyler’s. Call me if you want more details.

Question: Who is driving up to LA on April 6th?????? Sew Pro’s Bus has filled up. So if you are driving…..I know students who will to pay for the ride up and back…….Let me know.

Enjoy your break !!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Yes, There IS Class This Week

Hi A-Team:

YES….THERE IS CLASS THIS WEEK. SPRING BREAK STARTS SATURDAY, MARCH 23 THROUGH MARCH 30TH.

My computer is finally up and running. The slowdown was caused by 2 Avast add-on programs. Now that the Sandbox and Webrep were removed, I have my memory back and the computer moves the way it is supposed to…..FAST !!!!! Thanks for your patience. I think I have caught up with all my emails. I think………

Now I want to broach a serious subject: Accidents. They do happen. This one caused me to remove the “semester sign” from the wall. We can start counting semesters again, next Fall. Read the following. And I sincerely thank my student for sharing this with us!!!!!! At the bottom of the email, before I go into what is happening in the classroom, I have included pictures of ways to avoid this. Note: the idea was NOT mine. There was a student in one of my previous courses that thought of this.

From: A Student of Mine
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:47 AM
To: Joan McKenna
Subject: Re: Puppy update

Hi Joan,
Sami is 13 months old, past losing her baby teeth, but she is a chewer, and likes to have something in her mouth. We have several toys (stuffed creatures, nylabones, and real antlers) for her scattered around the floor so she doesn’t find the furniture or shoes to be more attractive to chew on. She finds a stick on her walk and will carry it throughout, and leave it on our doorstep til next time. We used to have ropes AKA “tug toys” around for her, but she gnaws on the loose threads and shreds the ropes. Any toy that has a loose thread is a goner, because that is the weak point of the toy. She will chew on that thread, and within minutes the toy is in pieces. In hindsight, that tomato must have seemed to Sami to be “the perfect toy”.

When I found her near the tomato, there were about 6 pins scattered about. Some were bent. This was my “old tomato” that I’d had since I started sewing, and it had little silk pins (like my mom used) in it. I didn’t know how many were on the tomato. She had a needle & thread in her mouth, the needle was dangling toward the floor, as if she’d pulled on the thread, and the needle just came along for the ride. I couldn’t tell if she had eaten more. She didn’t seem to be in pain. There was just a subtle sense that her usual contentedness wasn’t there, though I wasn’t sure if I was reading too much into her actions. She behaves the same way if she gets into something she knows she shouldn’t (such as digging up plants in the garden). I just took her in because I didn’t know, and that an x-ray is worth the cost for peace of mind. I’m thankful that I did, because as it turns out, she had a pin sitting in her stomach, which was relatively easy to get at, and will heal more easily that if it had continued on to her intestines. The other concern would be that it can perforate the lining and travel around in the body. Blech. In my brief Google search before taking her, I saw dogs with a dozen pins in them, all along the digestive tract. That was what I was imagining for her. When I saw her x-ray, I was thinking “All this for one pin!!” Anyway, I’m happy to share this info, if it can help save other pets and babies. It’s a $1200 lesson, but hopefully Sami will come out of it okay.  See Pin in Sami's Tummy                      image0021

Sami did well in surgery, will be staying overnight, and will hopefully be back home with us tomorrow afternoon. The other day Sami seemed interested in the “tomato”, and
I thought it was because it looked like a chew toy. I found out today that it is filled with sawdust!!! It probably seemed nearly irresistible to her with loose threads & wood scent!!
Thought you might want to share this with your class…
Thanks!Here is the fix:

B.A.           C.B.                  A.C.

A. This container if for half used onions tht need to be stored in the refrigerator.
B. This container stores tomatoes.

C.  C.This box is an old floppy disk box.

The Classes:

Draping: We are in the final fitting process of the dress form slipcovers. We had one student who started padding her dress form, last week. This coming week, is the final week of fittings. Don’t forget to get a fellow student to mark your soutache braid lines. Over the break, you will need to pad your dress forms. April 1, is when I start teaching how to drape. You will need your text book and all the other supplies asterick’d (*) in your syllabus supply list. You have a few weeks to finish your arm. It would help, if you could zig-zag some of the soutache braid on, before you pad your dress form. Remember the order for padding your dress form. I demo’d the process: Sew the slipcover with default stitching. Cut all seam allowances to ¾ of an inch. Clip all seams one inch apart. The form, should be set about 1 inch smaller than your measurements. Try the slip cover on the form. See where you need to pad. Measure, cut and sew your bottom drawstring pull. Pad the form. Put on the bra. Stuff the key for the form, inside the bra. Put on the cleaner’s plastic covers so you can easily slip your slipcovers on. Check your bust, waist and hip tolerances: Should be within ½ to 1 inch. You will probably need to adjust your soutache braid once the slip cover is on the form. Now is the time to cover your armholes and neck edge. Finish your soutache braid application. Finish your arm.

Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we finished our collar insertion and learned all about pleats and how to personalize them. Last Thursday, we practiced V-necklines, and learned how to read a pattern envelope by seeing a power point presentation. This coming week, we will be learning how to sew on closures, buttons, snaps, sequins, beads,patches and hooks and eyes. On Thursday, we ill be learning how to deal with patch pockets.

Free Embroidery Design Links:

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx      EMI freebie !!!!

http://www.hatchedinafrica.com/detail.aspx?id=2503    St. Patrick’s Day set.

http://www.embroiderthis.com/vadayfrde.html    Valentine’s Day Designs.

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

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.

THE CUPS

  • 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

THE WIRES

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

THE BAND

  • 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

THE STRAPS

  • 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 !!

 

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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 !!!!!

http://www.ageless-embroidery.com/freedesigns.html

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

https://m.facebook.com/SheratonLosCabos?id=162110611809&_rdr

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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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Three Weeks till the end of the Fall Semester.

Hello A-Team!!!!

I realize that most of you, did not realize that last week was the week that classes resumed from Winter Break. This email/post marks the beginning of the end of the Fall 2012 courses. You have come a long way in your learning. In the next 3 weeks, we will tie everything together !!!!!

I have sent an email about room 209 being so cold. They issued me a work number. Until then, make sure you bring something warm to throw on. I believe the air conditioner goes on between 6:30 and 7:30 PM.

Check out the blog: www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com. I have gotten 2 out of the 3 spring syllabi done and up in the right hand column. The only one that still needs to be completed is Draping on Body Doubles. Both Sewing Fundamental Courses (Sewing Techniques Portfolio and Using your First Commercial Pattern) are there, ready for download and printing. Check out the Britex Image. I did put some other interesting things up for you. Troubleshooting your sewing machine is very very good. It came from a great sewing machine store in Chula Vista.

In Drafting & Flat Pattern Manipulation: We are starting to make the patterns for our final half-size project. I can’t wait to see how this progresses. It is exciting to me to see you use your skills to flat pattern your slopers into a dress of your own creation. Of course your hours grade comes into the picture @ grade time. You need 80% of 105 hours which is 84.

In Using Your First Commercial Pattern: Everyone continued to work on their pajamas. Several had completed their PJs, and were starting other sewing projects. Just remember, I need to see the final finished garment(s). I need to take a picture of you and the pajamas. In this way, if anyone questions my grading, I have the pictures to show. Plus, your hours grade stands as is. Every week I add your hours. The course is 72 hours. You need (80%) 57 hours to go on to the next course: Sewing Fundamentals II: Intermediate Sewing.

Note that I can no longer change grades if you complete a required project after I send in the final grades. Everything must be completed by the time your course ends.

Good Things to Know:

Flu, Colds, and Other Bugs: How to Stay Well During Virus Season

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Busted! We admit it: We can be manic about shooing people home at the first snuffle or sneeze, even if they swear they feel well enough to work. Fine; work from home. Just don’t spread that virus. (Here’s the secret to shrugging off colds.)

Part of it is selfish. We don’t want to catch a bug or see half of the staff get it. Part of it is on your behalf. The more often you come to work sick, the more likely you are to get really wiped out down the road.

The evidence behind this: Researchers (love their nitty-gritty brains) have figured out that if you come to work sick at least six times during 12 months, you’re 50% more likely to be out for weeks within the next 18 months. Why? They think that when your body never gets a chance to completely recuperate, you get more and more run down. Eventually, your immune system cracks, and the next little illness spells big trouble. (Here’s another reason to stay home.)

What if you can’t afford to be sick? Follow our six basic YOU Docs rules for boosting your immunity. They’ll help you stay well in the first place.

1. Get enough ZZZs. You need 7 1/2 to 8 hours of shuteye. Every night!

2. Get enough vitamin D3. Take 1,000 IU a day; 1,200 after age 60.

3. Get your ahhhs. Both periods of big stress (e.g., the holidays) and quick hits (e.g., parking rage) take a toll. Carve out 10 minutes a day for meditation, deep breathing, and serene stretching. Don’t let stress get the best of you.

4. Walk. It keeps your body humming and your head clear.

5. Eat and drink like a smart person. These 5 foods will give you an edge.

6. Wash your hands. Scrub 100 times a day. Okay, 150.

Should you keep exercising if you’re sick but not that sick? Take "the neck test."

Inspiring Links:

http://wt.dlisys.com/nancysnotions/NN121334.asp?e=&src=&x1= There are 2 things about this Nancy Notions sale campaign that are intriguing. The fact that you can buy Klasse needles in bulk and @ a great discount and the fact that the fat quarters are all color co-ordinated. The needles, we can all use. I often feel that is what I use my Joanne’s coupons for. And the fat quarters, would make a marvelous color coordinated purse during the summer session in the computerized machine embroidery course.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx I love the way Urban Threads thinks. They have an interesting freebie to retrieve, just for clicking and scrolling down the newsletter.

http://sprouts.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/10AB141CA506BE24/0A0CC5CBEF176EC24BD7C9066BE4161D There are so many good things in this link. I especially like the article comparing all the sweeteners. It’s on the same picture group line as the quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes.

http://www.bfc-creations.com Check out this embroidery design website. They have lots of freebies scattered all over. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, yet, always pick up the freebies in .PES format. They have graciously said they would give the class a discount on the designs to be used in the summer embroidery course. Details to be worked out after the new Spring semester starts.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29365/how-to-sew-a-single-fold-clean-finish-seam Video snipit of how to do a clean edge finish.

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html#channel=f1a2146bca49b58&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.advanced-embroidery-designs.com&channel_path=%2Ffreedesign.html%3Ffb_xd_fragment%23xd_sig%3Df126d95888460d9%26 Free baby boy and girl design. Real cute.

Entertaining Trivia:

http://www.printsew.com/ Very interesting. I signed up for this. I want to see how they will print on a standard home printer. If any of you have tried this, let me know and we will compare notes. I did everything they required. I got my password. I got the free program “File Open.” I could NOT get this site to let me download the pattern. AAARGH!

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Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Leave Time for Personal Growth

Dear A-Team:

I know that this is a very busy time of year. There is lots of shopping and baking to do. Take time for yourself. Come to class !!!!! These weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are filled with instruction and learning. I updated the blog’s right hand column with the flyers for Spring 2013. Check it out !!!! Hope to see you in my Spring courses !!!! Also, there is a flyer from the Campus Police Department concerning Personal Safety at the West City Campus. I made the flyer printable. Print, Read and Be Aware.

This coming Thursday, the college police will have an open “Coffee with Cops” event. It will be at West City Center. The main Lobby. Thursday December 6, 2012. 12PM – 1:30 PM. Go and talk with them. They are here to protect us. The meeting will have an informal format, designed to be informative regarding public safety and quality of life issues that impact our campus. All Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome.

The Classes:

Flat Patternmaking: Last week we finished up our Torso slopers, graded them, and started the Raglan Sleeve with Convertible Collar pattern. We will finish this up on Monday. Next Wednesday, December 5th, your patternmaking portfolios are due. We will spend the whole class getting your shoe boxes ready for grading. Of course, I will take pictures of all of you with your portfolio. I am SO excited to do this !!!! The following week, the week before Winter Break, we will be learning and doing completed garment knockoffs. This is great to know how to do. You never know when you will want to knockoff a favorite pair of pants or blouse.

Your First Commercial Pattern: Last Tuesday, we learned some new words: encased and enclosed seams. These seams will not ravel because they are enclosed. They do not need to be finished. Just sew them up. We also learned how to fuse our fusible interfacing to our fashion fabric. Remember, to fuse to the wrong side of your facings and under collar. We also serged with a 4-thread serger or by using decorative stitches on your straight stitch sewing machine all the seams that are open and will ravel. Last Thursday, we marked our fabric with all the necessary pattern markings. You also had a chance to embroider your pockets. I was surprised at how much you loved doing the computerized machine embroideries. I would like to teach you more about computerized machine embroideries next summer, 2013. If you are interested in this, sign up for the class. If I get enough student signups, I will be able to teach it. Also……….YOU have got to remember to clean up your area before you leave. It isn’t fair for 1 or 2 people to clean the whole room. I have cleaner for the tables and I have 2 brooms with dust pans.

Next week, we have course evaluations and it’s time to start following your pattern guide. I will always be near to answer questions and help with technique.

Due to the fact that you LOVED embroidering so much…

Every Link following will lead you to free embroideries… (There is also a job posting)

Remember, if you are given a choice, choose the .PES format. This is the most universal format for home embroidery machines.

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html bobbin lace square that can be turned into a Christmas Ornament.

Appliqué Alphabet called Lombardi. Now Available “X, Y, Z.” http://www.skeldalehouse.com This ends the Lombardi alphabet. If you missed some, you can buy the missing letters for $5 apiece.

https://www.starbirdstockdesigns.com/asp_pages/catalog.asp?PRD=19573&PCA=0 Christmas bell.

http://apexembdesigns.com/master-circle-embroidery-font Apex 3-Letter Master Monogram font. Add this to your cart. You get 3 different sizes for the monograms.

Hi Joan,

Hope all is well with you. I miss getting your midnight emails 🙂

I just wanted to let you know I had a call from a fellow that was looking for someone for a full time position working as a stitcher on industrial machines to create banners and other marketing items. Here is his contact info: Arthur 858 678 8909. The company is called ” Above All Advertising” and it is located in Mira Mesa. – Just thought I would throw that out there in the event you had a student looking for such a job opportunity.

Take care,

Gwen

Gwen Couture
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
(858)454-8599

See you all next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244