The American Sewing Guild Convention


Hello A-Team: 

This is the first blog post I am writing for the new website.  There is still so MUCH I need to learn.  Note:  Next week, there will be no blog.  I will be at the American Sewing Guild Convention.  This is being held at the Town and Country in Mission Valley.  To go to the exhibit hall, any time it is open this weekend, ONLY costs $5.  Parking is $10 a car.  Check the site for more details:   Pack the car with your friends, come and see what is new in the home sewing world !!!!!   

Last week in our summer Sewing Fundamentals course, we learned some amazing things.  There was one complete class on pattern making and sewing pleats, release tucks, and kick pleats.  We learned how to sew patch and inseam inset pockets.  Mastering machine and hand hemming was also taught.  Last Thursday, was zipper class.  There was quite the education on 3 zipper types:  lapped, exposed and invisible.  

This weekend I know, you are all finishing up your portfolios.  They are due during Monday night’s class.  Note that you only need 69 samples out of the 85 that we did.  And the reason why there are so many samples, is that in this class, we did 8 extra samples.  How exciting !!!!  You ALL have learned ALOT !!!!  

During Monday’s class you will be practicing buttonholes on woven and knit fabric while I grade your portfolios.  Tuesday’s class is our Personal Image Class.  Learn about your personal colors and style.  On Wednesday,  we will start anew with our Commercial Pattern second project.  You will learn how to read a pattern guide.  (There is much to say about pattern guides.)  You will use many of the skills you acquired while making your Sewing Techniques Portfolio.  In this way, you get to do all the prep for a second time.  As an instructor, I want to lessons to ‘enter the file cabinets of your mind’….forever !!!!!    

Here is an interesting tidbit from Hungry Girl with links that I think you will enjoy. Hungry Girl is my FAVORITE SITE for diet and health tips.  Check them out !!!!!! 

The Buzz…

By now, surely you’ve heard about the new Oreo Thins that have taken the world by storm, but so far the details have been pretty slim (tee-hee!). Here’s the scoop: They come in three flavors — original chocolate, a golden (vanilla) variety, and a chocolate-mint spin — and you get 4 cookies for 140 calories, 6g fat, 95mg sodium, 21g carbs, 0 – <1g fiber, 11 – 12g sugars, and <1 – 1g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). With regular original Oreos, you get 3 cookies for 160 calories and 7g fat (PointsPlus® value 5*). So if you’re craving sweets and nothing but Oreos will do, these treats are a good option! ***If you’re headed to med school, you might wanna break out your spatula… Tulane University requires med students to take a culinary medicine course, and the University of Chicago just piloted a similar class. Both courses teach students about treating certain diseases with food, and both include hands-on healthy-cooking lessons. Such a great idea, considering how what we eat (and how much of it) can affect our health. ***No time to exercise? If you’ve got 10 minutes, you can burn 100 calories. Click for six quickie workouts from our pals ‘n partners at Health. ***Heard about the impending price increases coming to Starbucks? Don’t fret. The cost of your favorite drinks is only going to increase by about 1 percent — around 5 – 20 cents for most drinks. Just don’t make a habit of this, SB… ***And you know your age (we hope)… but what’s your fitness age? Let researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology tell you with this handy calculator. If you need some inspiration to get moving, take a look at the impressive fitness ages of some Senior Olympians. And that’s all we’ve got. ‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

See you all in class !!!!        


Best Weekend @ the Swap Meet !!!!

Hello A-Team:

On Saturday, I got the chance to go to the National City Swap Meet with Jaci Gibson Henrie, a GREAT fellow instructor. They have great bargains there !!!!! NEVER go without CASH and a LIST of your needs……………….

I am sure you have noticed: Due to our low enrollment numbers, I am opening my Tuesday/Thursday class, for anyone who just wants to come and sew. If you know anyone who wants to just come and sew….please let me know.

The classes:

In Portfolio: Last week we learned 7 difference kinds of seams. This week, we’re going to learn about easing and elastic. On Thursday, we will learn a lot about our sergers and what they can do to make your sewing easier. For this class, you need to come SAFELY on time.

In Patternmaking: we had a grand time last week draping our slopers. This week, we will turn our 5 pattern pieces into ½ size production slopers. I packed the manila paper into my car on Saturday. I am just so excited to show you how to do this. It’s just SO easy !!!!!!

Video Mania: See how to Make Free Standing Christmas Ornaments.

Real Age Health videos: There is a bunch of them here.

Free Embroideries: Download another Lombardie letter in PES format: “O” CUTE birdie freebie. Download it in PES. Make sure you get the one that is less than 4 inches by 4 inches. (100 cm x 100 cm) Or in the size that fits your hoop.

Remember to sign up for Central’s Anita Goodesign event. (November 3 and 4th) 619-227-3244

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

Make Money with your Skills !©


Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244