Spring 2018 Semester Courses

Hello A-Team:   Welcome to Spring 2018!!!!

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.

The learning will be NON-stop this semester.

Come for the ride!




To a Great Mind, Nothing is Little. Sherlock Holmes



Hello A-Team:

Between going to class, enjoy your time shopping !!!!  This will be a spectacular holiday season.  Whether you spend on line or spend in the brick and mortar stores, the climate is right to:  SHOP TILL YOU DROP !!!!  And remember all those interior decorating details.  Those visual mood enhancers are terrific to keep the spirit of the season going strong through January 1.  I still can’t believe that 2017 is just around the corner.

Yes there is class this week !!!!!


Before the break, we draped the princess torso block.  We played with draped cowls.   And we picked our favorite croqui drawing to do our final draping project.  This week, we continue to learn details:  collars and necklines on dartless bodice shapes.


We learned how to sew a continuous shirt placket in a sleeve.  This week, we will continue with the 2 piece shirt placket and the one piece shirt placket.  I know these operations are tough.   BUT, they have so many applications when you sew.  You can use them in necklines and in pants.

Flat Pattern Manipulation:

Last class, we started, but left off on style #903.  This week we will continue flat patterning the style.  Last week, we also picked our final croqui sketch for our final patterned garment due the last day of class in January.   This garment will fit our half scale dress forms.  I hope you gave your final design some patterning thought during the break.  I would like to see how you used the quarter size patterns.

Speaking of the quarter size patterns, I received an email concerning the quarter sizes I gave out to you.  Some of them are not to perfect scale. Multiples would NOT all fit on a single page, if they they were all to scale.  No where on the packet, did it state that the patterns were perfect to scale.  If you want to be perfect, just photocopy the ones in the back of your text…….   The quarter sizes were handed out to help you understand how to cut up your half size patterns into your final garment styles.  It is like thinking out loud.  Also:  Check out page 1 of your syllabus.  It states that this course is taught in half-scale….right in the title.

A few of you, want to draft your own master sloper patterns.  My spring 2016 drafting syllabus, has all the information needed to do this.  Just send me an email and let me know.

Sew Fun 1:

Before the break, we worked on our sleeves and made the half-scale skirt for our bodice-jacket.  Next week we will continue with learning how to set in sleeves in our bodices, how to understitch a v-neckline and make a collar.

Terrific Men’s Wear Tailoring Links:  Highly Educational and this proves Sherlock is correct:  To a Great Mind, Nothing is Little.  Apply this to Tailoring and all its details !!!!

The Guide to Cloth

Scabal and the Permanent Style collaborate to build an in-depth, practical cloth guide with information at every level of detail.


What is it for? How cloth is made? What are its properties? What do I do with it?

Read more


What makes a cloth suitable for a jacket, but not for a suit.

Read more


How to choose your fabric according to composition and construction.

Read more 


A glossary of cloth-related terms, covering everything from different animal fibres and their properties, to the various stages of spinning and finishing.

Read more

See you all in Class !!!!!


I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein


Hello A-Team:

I have learned that Monday, October 10, is Thanksgiving in Canada.  I wish them all a big dinner and to stay warm.  I had to call Canada this weekend and found out it was snowing in Calgary.  And here we are, in San Diego, where it is vey very warm.  Next week, it will get cool.  Maybe we will see the temperature dip into the 60’s.  The up and down temperatures are sure to continue till November.  Even then, it really doesn’t snow in San Diego.   Hence, I needed to find a picture that expressed the season as I saw it in Southern California.  The leaves are turning colors and Stella, my pussy cat, just loves it.  They crackle under her paws and she has been told not to eat the leaves.   She has been hanging around me this weekend.   I caught a sore throat and had to sleep it off.  I am much better, thanks to all that purring in my ears.

As to the classes:


Last week, we started making the dress forms conform to our bodies.  This week we will finish.  I will make sure that you look marvelous.  Then it will be time to pad out the dress forms and put the cover on.  You will need to bring your cotton upholstery batting, a couple of plastics from a dry cleaners, your sacrificial bra, and your slipcover.  By the end of Monday night’s class, your dress form will be all but completed.  IF you want to leave your form in the back room, make sure you have Amy’s tags.  See the last post.  She tells you where to get them.


We are ready to start our Sewing Operations Portfolio Samples.  There are still one or 2 more Textile Presentations to present.  Some of you have already started working on your upcycling projects.  Remember, you need to have hours, the presentation, the samples and the upcycling project for a grade.

Flat Pattern Manipulation:

Last week, we made 5 master basic sloper patterns out of manila paper.  What you didn’t catch, was that there will be 6.  Some of you have a one dart sloper front and some of you, have a 2 dart sloper front.  In the end, you will all have a one dart and a two dart master basic sloper.  I will show you how.  The rest of the manila paper I have, will be used for the last sloper.  It’s easy.  This week, you will practice making knockoffs and I will grade what you have completed, thus far.  I checked the pricing of a stamp to remember everything you need to put on a pattern/sloper.  Staples wanted $50 for the simple 3 by 5 inch stamp. It was NOT even self-inking.  I just can’t do it.

Sew Fun 1:

2 weeks ago:  we serged and learned some marking techniques.  This passed week, I didn’t hold the class.  I took off to kill what was brewing before it got really bad.  This week, we will finish up all our prep and begin to sew.  This is the week, we will get into TLC for the school’s straight stitch sewing machines.  I will be back to teaching with a post nasal drip and a cough.  The last remnants of what was starting up.

Links and Things:

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-hobbies-sewing-resources/      Denise wanted me to share this sewing link with you.  Hope you find it useful !!!!!  There is alot of information here.

http://www.suebox.com/store/Embroidery-Collections-amp-Designs/Sparkling-Christmas-Collection/32-Christmas-Design.html  Sue Box is a fabulous site that sometimes has free embroidery designs.  Make sure you download them in PES format.  This one, is the most universal, if you do not have an embroidery machine.

I belong to sew many newsletters.  The best for Tailoring is Scabal.  Here is the last post.  My advice is to join this group.  They are very classic.





For those of you, who are starting your own business:  Here are some Liz Goodgold words.  Subcribe to her blog.  She will share lots of gems….


7 Secrets to Creating a Pitch that Gets You Funded

  1. Create a Head Whip Effect in Your Opening Sentence – Startle us; give us an amazing statistic, tell us a story, but make sure we tune in from the get-go.
  2. Make it Absurdly Simple – As I often say, “Your mother should be able to understand and invest” without a Harvard MBA. Yes; make it that simple!
  3. Get Rid of Every Acronym – Your audience doesn’t work in your field so ANY acronym makes no sense to us; spell out every single word. From IP to FP.
  4. Tell Me About Your Competitors – If you don’t have any competitors, I assume there isn’t a market. Very few products today are so revolutionary that they are the first in their field.
  5. Translate the Familiar to the Unfamiliar – When I was a book editor at Times Mirror, we often pitched new books this way: “it’s like a Sue Grafton murder mystery set in the 1800s;” or “It’s like Die Harder up in space.” Or, use a metaphor: it’s as if yogurt for the skin providing soothing relief.
  6. Make An Ask – What do you want? How much money do you need? What is the next step you want to happen? Remember: There is no selling until you ask a question.
  7. Master the Art of Q&A – Handling the question and answer period is rife with danger; it’s too easy to insult someone, speak over a question, or invent an answer. Practice handling rapid-fire questions in advance.

See you all in Class !!!!!



Spring Break – Lots of Learning Going On !!!!!

Hello A-Team:

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:

  1. Social Responsibility

SDCE students demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment.

  1. Effective Communication

SDCE students demonstrate effective communication skills.

  1. Critical Thinking

SDCE students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively.

  1. 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.

SDCE Fashion Discipline Student Learning Outcomes:        

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.   sewingsister5@cox.net.  Her phone number is:  619 442 8128.  I do have samples of the fabrics.  Ask me in the classroom.










Check out Elo’s Website!!!!!   Good morning my friends. I would like to introduce you to my first food blog. More recipes coming up soon. Stay tuned http://www.chefscanteen.elodesigns.com/

For more about the artist visit:  www.artshop.elodesigns.com

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:

  1. 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.
  1.  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.
  1. 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.
  1. Leave the seam allowance on the interfacing everywhere except the collar points.
  1. 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.

  1.  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 !!!!!


O Snail/ Climb Mount Fuji/ But slowly, slowly! Kobayashi Issa

Hello A-Team:

The Haiku was suggested to me by student Whitney.  And it is SO true !!!!!  The tags for the Haiku are: Tags: buddhismhaiku,persistencestruggle    You can click on the links to read more fabulous quotes.  Thank you, Whitney !!!!

The picture of the week is a series of pictures showing what you can develop with a half size dress form that has current body measurements. In 1795 women’s bodies were very different.

Marie 1
The Chemise goes on first.

Marie 2
Panniers & Corset – Front.









Marie 3
Panniers & Corset – Back.

Marie 4
Bodice & Under Skirt.

Marie 5
Jacket-Dress Back









Marie 6
Jacket-Dress Front









The Classes:

Drafting:  Last week, we finished drafting our Bodice Front and started on the back.  Next week, we will finish drafting our Bodice Back.  And we will move on to drafting the sleeve sloper.

Tailoring/Collections:  We are right in the middle of making a double welt (buttonhole) pocket for our portfolios.  Once we are done, we will sail into the double welt pocket with a flap.  The collections group is going forward with the completion of their computer patternmaking project.

Sew Like a Pro:  On Tuesday night, we will be making an open kick pleat with mitered corners.  On Thursday morning, we will be learning how to make sleeveless facings with understitching.  Our portfolios are growing !!!!!

Sewing Fundamentals 1:  We finished all our prep work and have started to learn to sew.  Last week, we learned about different kinds of stitches.  We ran out of time, when I wanted to show you how to sew a serged seam with a straight stitch sewing machine.   So we will begin there, next Thursday night.  It is a great technique to know about at 3 AM when you don’t have a serger and your fabric is raveling like crazy.  We will also study different seam edge finishes.


Bamboo Bodice Tutorial   by Shingo Sato.  Thank you for sending this to me, Shante.

Sewing Parts Online  This site is great to know about.  You can get parts and manuals for your sewing machines.  They also have sewing videos.   I WOULD caution you….do not buy any sewing machine online.  You won’t get lessons with it.  Always go to your favorite dealer.

S is for Start Menu – Tech Tip from Cindy

On your PC computer, are you aware of the one place where you can search for files and programs stored on your computer, get to your picture files quickly, find the programs you recently used, or access the drives on your computer?  Yes, it is the Start MenuS is for Start Menu.

Probably one of the most underutilized features on your PC, the Start Menu can be a terrific timesaver when trying to find a file/program/drive quickly.  Here are a few Start Menu facts (using Windows 7):

  1. Typically, you click on the Start button in the bottom left corner to open it up.  But, you can also hit the Windows (or Windows Start) key in the bottom left area of your keyboard.  This is a fast way to open the Start Menu, especially if you or your students are viewing a software program full screen and you want to open a second program or file without closing the first.  Press the Windows key again to close.
  2. Find the Search box at the bottom of the Start Menu and type a word or two contained in the title or text of the file you need (or name of a program).  A list of all associated results will appear.
  3. Click Programs (or All Programs) to see a list of all the software available on your computer.
  4. The left side of the Start Menu shows the recently used programs and the right side contains default locations (e.g. Pictures, Music, Computer, Control Panel).
  5. Did you know you can customize the left side with programs you regularly use (on your desk computer or personal computer)?  Just like you can pin programs to the bottom taskbar, you can also pin programs to the Start Menu.  From the list of Programs (#3 above), right-click on the program name and choose Pin to Start Menu.  The program will move to the top of the list and you will see a small line separating the pinned programs and the others.  Conversely, right-click and choose Unpin from Start Menu to remove a pinned program.

Note: If you are using Windows 8, learn about the Start Menu here:


If you are using Windows 10, use this link:




Classes This Week


Hello A-Team !!!

There IS class on Monday !!!!  Yes, I know, it is Columbus Day.  BUT….I expect to see in you all in class.  We will have a delightful time !!!!  This past Saturday, I went to LA with Sew Pro’s.  What a fun day it was !!!!!  Of course, I spent money.  It is a good thing, that Sew Pro’s doesn’t do this trip more than twice a year.  

Portfolio Class:  Last week we seamed up our half size jacket.  We learned seam finishes.  We practiced 7 seams.  We still have 4 seams to learn.  We will get there.  This Monday, we will not be learning seams.  We will be learning all about what sergers can do.  Bring all your cut 9 by 4 inch pieces.  We will learn the difference between 4-thread, 3-thread, 2-thread, rolled hem, and the cover stitch.  We will see a power point on how to read Commercial Pattern Envelopes, so bring your Apparel Construction patterns.  On Tuesday, bring your machines and all your supplies.  We are going to make a half-size skirt.  AND we will learn all about sleeves.  Fun packed LEARNING days……

Patternmaker Class:  This weekend, you needed to plot your patterns at Fed Ex Kinkos or Staples.  We will now begin the process of cutting out our patterns and making a sloper toile to achieve a great fit.  Along with the 4 classroom nights to do this, you MUST design your final project.  Draw out 5 garment pieces on 5 different croqui.  We will pick 2 or 3 of them, together, depending on your skill level.  I can ONLY help you with the patterning of your final project, if I understand your croqui final pictures.  These 5 pictures, just need to be sketches.  The final croqui designs are the ones that will be colored.  I will scan them all into the computer for safe keeping.  


Elo has helped you plan your designs.  Here are 2 Chanel runway shows for you to look at.  I am thrilled that Elo shared this with you.   Get Inspired !!!!!   



For those of you, who are thinking ahead to Christmas, here are a bunch of free patterns to knit, crotchet, sew, bead, weave or spin.  Just think about what you can learn !!!!!!


Go to Urban Threads Look Book for design inspirations for Holloween !!!!  Click on the graphic below and be transported to 20 fabulous pages of ideas. 

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 !!!!!  



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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

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