Prep Work………

Hello A-Team:

It seems that both courses are in a very similar place at the moment. You are both discovering that it is the prep work that makes the design, the PJs, the work, go easier.

Draping: Last week we draped Dartless, Bodice and Princess Variations. Your croqui pictures were due. Now, we will start draping our Fashion Show projects. Let’s see how close you come to your pictures !!!!! Note: when you work in pairs, you must cut the fabric for your drapes. You cannot keep using the same fabric over and over again. This does not do justice to the drape. The beauty of these “Pairs” assignments is to see if you can do things, that you were NOT exposed to. To see if you can figure out what to do from reading the text. Remind me to teach you how to use the 1/8 inch tape for necklines. You will be pleased with its uses. All this, will help you with your Fashion Show Project.

First Pattern: Last week we did fitting over our clothes. Realize that this will make sure that the PJs are loose: The way they should be. Once you start sewing your PJs, you need to keep trying them on without your jeans, etc. Last Thursday, we learned how to put our cut fabric on grain. We learned about the different grain lines: warp, weft, and bias. You learned that Commandment 12 is dead on: Respect Thy Grainlines. Because if you don’t…..the clothes will twist on your body where and when you DON’T want them to twist. The ONLY way to respect your grainlines in relation to your pattern pieces is to measure the pattern grainlines parallel with the edge of your fabric. These are hard lessons. I hope they stay with you for life !!!!!! This week, we will be studying the care, maintenance, and threading of sergers and home sewing machines. If you are good to your machines…..they will be good to you. On Thursday, I will be demoing the embroidery machines. You will LOVE what you see! Remember to rough cut your pockets in preparation for embroidering…… I will also show you how to fuse, serge and mark your fabric pattern pieces. Bring all your scrape fabric pieces to class on Tuesday. Remember your sewing kits. And yes….it is okay to start bringing your personal sewing machines to class. You need to be all cut by Thursday. When you cut your fabric pattern pieces out, leave the paper patterns on the fabric. This will make Thursday’s class go a bit easier. DON’T FORGET TO CUT YOUR INTERFACING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Summer Courses Have Been Approved !!!!!!!

Hello A-Team !!!!!

Yes, there will be a Drape Drape Garment Course and an Embroidered Purse Course !!!!!

Assemble one of more designs from garment patterns found in books: Drape Drape 1, 2, or 3. It would be a great idea for you to buy one of the Drape Drape books now. You can choose from 1, 2 or 3. You only need to buy one. Check them out on Amazon. These books were all authored by Hisako Sato and come in English Versions. Purchase only one of the 3 books. www.amazon.com .

To see the embroidered purse we will be making, check out the purse in the upper left hand corner of the following website. I got Suz to give us a 20% discount on the designs to make this purse. www.bfc-creations.com. Suz made up her sample in colored silk. I am recommending quilting cotton.

Stay tuned for further details !!!!!!!

It has been a very busy weekend!

We had a fandango field trip on Saturday to Discount Fabrics. This picture from Bull’s Smokin” BBQ says it all !!!!!!!

Other great news: Central has a used Evolve for sale. $1600. I know this sounds like a lot. BUT think about it. This machine does the cover stitch AND regular serging. It can do decorative stiches with 8 threads at one time !!!! It regularly sells for almost twice this amount. Call them for more details. 619-447-3244.

The next Sew Pro’s field trip to the LA Fashion District and M & L fabrics is scheduled for October 5th, 2013. I will be on that bus, will you????? Mark your calendars. The round trip ride is $45.

My friend Jackie has a large size foam dress form to give away. If you are interested, contact me for details.

Last week, the Portfolio class came to an end. I graded and took pictures of you and your portfolio. We practiced making machined buttonholes.

On Thursday, a new Sewing Fundamentals class got started: Using Your First Commercial Pattern !!!! In next Tuesday’s class, we will be reading our pattern guides, cutting out our patterns on our size lines, and trying them on. Yes, you will learn a bit about fit and patternmaking. Come prepared to work in class.

In Draping on Body Doubles, you got me to teach you how exact flat patternmaking can be when we patterned our draped straight skirt. This can be very scary. I won’t do it again. On Monday, we will be draping the torso without a horizontal seam line. We will also play around with draping bodice princess variations. Remember, your croqui pictures are due. I want to see how you would use your body double to design. Plus, we have a fashion show to put on, on May 17th……………………….

See you all 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

What a Weekend !!!!!!

Hello A-Team:

Saturday was quite the day in LA. At lunch, I counted 12 students all at the same table !!!!! Sew Pro’s next LA trip is tentatively scheduled for October 5th, 2013. There is another fandango field trip to Discount Fabrics….next Saturday…….. You are all invited to come and join us. Check your syllabi for details…………

The classes:

In draping this week, we draped the front and back bodice. Then we put it on paper to start making a sloper. I also took pictures of everyone with their dress forms. On Monday, I will be grading your right arm and your Front and Back drapes and patterns.

In Portfolio, we learned how to make 3 different kinds of hem stitches + the blind hem stitch on the sewing machine. On Thursday, we learned 3 different ways to put in a zipper: Exposed, Lapped and Invisible. You will use these techniques for life !!!!! Tuesday is our final day of learning in this class. We will be making buttonholes in our half size little bodices.. Your portfolios are due for grading. I will miss this class.

Thursday, April 11th, starts a new course: Using Your First Commercial Pattern. Now you will be using the lessons you learned in the portfolio course. Some of the course, will be review. It is always good to hear things a second time.

From the Britex Blog:

Button Up Shirt Tips & Tricks by Jen

March 27, 2013 by Jen

Hi everyone, Jen from Grainline Studio here again! Today we’re going to talk tips & tricks for making one of those amazing silk button up shirts you see popping up everywhere. From the French brand Equipment to J.Crew and Madewell and everywhere in between these shirts scream spring, and while the silk may seem intimidating it’s really not bad if you’ve got the right tricks up your sleeve. For this tutorial we’ll be using my recently released Archer Button Up pattern paired with this super dreamy Britex knotted rope print habotai, but these tricks will hold true for any shirt pattern.

Tip #1 | Cut your silk between two layers of paper

One of the most important things to consider when working with silk, especially in something as structured as a button down shirt, is grain. If your shirt runs off grain or the grain is just pushed a bit here and there your shirt isn’t going to sew together with the smooth ease you want. To remedy this I cut my silk between two layers of paper, a trick I learned working as a patternmaker for a custom/couture bridal salon here in Chicago. The paper stabilizes the silk and removes its tendency to move around as you cut. If you’re worried about cutting paper with your fabric scissors don’t be. I cut silk through paper multiple times a week and my scissors need only slightly more sharpening than if I didn’t cut through paper. Promise!

To do this, lay down a sheet of paper, I usually use a thin kraft paper or this white butcher paper, then lay your fabric (in a single layer) on top of the paper aligning the selvedge with the straight edge of the paper. Lay another piece of paper on top of the silk.

Align the grainline of your pieces with the selvedge of the fabric and trace them off.

Be sure to flip any pattern pieces over that you may need a second, opposite piece of such as the center front and sleeve. Then weight or pin through the paper/fabric sandwich and cut out your pieces.

Tip #2 | Choose your interfacing wisely

There are a many ways to interface silk, just as there are many ways to interface anything, but my two favorite ways are with ultra lightweight fusible woven interfacing or with silk organza. I typically use fusible because I like the fact that the fused fabric drapes more closely to the original fabric and also because on really thin fabrics like chiffon occasionally the stiffer organza fibers can peek through a bit, but the choice is really up to you on which one you’d like to use.

Silk organza just comes in one weight, so I won’t talk about choosing that, but when selecting a fusible you’ll want to pick one that most closely resembles the weight and drape of your self fabric. Above are my fusible and self fabric (silk habotai) together for comparison.

Just so you can get a sense of how the two drape in relation to each other, above on the left is my self fabric interfaced with silk organza and on the right is the un-interfaced silk habotai. The organza definitely adds a bit of body, which may be exactly what you’re looking for! When using silk organza as your interfacing you’ll need to stitch the organza and self fabric together inside the seam allowance so they act as one.

On the left here is my self fabric interfaced with ultra lightweight fusible and on the right, again, is just the fabric. Pretty similar to each other.

Tip #3 | Using the right pins and needles

When working with silk you’re going to want to make sure you have the right pins and needles or you’re going to be leaving holes all over the place. I like to use an ultra thin pin such as these and a thin machine needle. I know some people are afraid to pin their silk, but don’t worry, it’ll recover!

Tip #4 | Utilize that paper you cut through

Cutting through paper has other benefits besides just keeping your fabric from slip sliding around. You can use it to ensure you’re fusing into the correct shape and for added help pressing crisp clean lines.

Not only does silk want to move around while you’re cutting, it also wants to do it’s slippery thing while you’re trying to fuse it. I like to lay the piece I’m fusing and it’s fusible on top of one of the paper pieces I cut out with it to make sure I’m fusing into the exact proper shape.

Another way you can use the paper you cut is folding and pressing things like the pockets or button bands. Folding the silk sandwiched with a layer of paper ensures that the silk is folding exactly where you want and the crisp line of the paper fold when pressed helps to set that same line in the silk.

Tip # 5 | Trimming your concealed seams on sheer silk

Usually when trimming your seams for things like the yoke you want to grade all three layers of the seam allowance but with sheer silk doing that will result in a big graded visible mess. Trim all of the seam allowances down neatly to the same height, the silk is thin enough that you’re not going to have any noticeable bulk and the line will look nice and neat.

Tip #6 | Extra stabilization for buttonholes

I’ve found that my home machine tends to pull the two sides of lightweight fabrics such as silks together while doing the bar tacks at the end of buttonholes no matter what adjustments I make. To remedy this I’ve started using a small piece of Stitch and Tear behind the buttonholes as I put them in. This also adds a little extra strength for the repetitive use your buttonholes will be getting when you’re wearing your awesome silk button up shirt all the time. It really does rip right out too.

Hope you found these tips helpful and they’ve given you the confidence boost you need to make one of these shirts yourself. I’m practically living in mine, I have to say. I still can’t get over how much I love this print, and how much I like wearing silk habotai. So soft yet fancy looking and crisp all at the same time with nautical spring ropes to boot! If you find you need more general guidance on the ins and outs of constructing a button down shirt I’ve just started a sew along for the Archer pattern earlier this week. Plenty of time to get some of this rad fabric and catch up!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Welcome to the Spring Semester !!!!!

Hello A-Team:

If you did not get this email directly in your in box, you are reading this from my blog. This means that you did not put your email address on the contact paperwork. This is okay, as long as you check the blog every Monday Morning. I always chat where we are in the class syllabus. And I usually have 4 to 5 dynamite links for your leisurely perusal.

Last week, was week one for the courses.

In both courses, we went over what we will be doing for the semester. And the students registered for the course.

In Draping, we didn’t get a chance to go over the measurement chart and the classroom etiquette. This week, we will go over these forms and go on to measure for computer input on Wednesday, February 6th. Remember to bring all the requirements for the measuring. It is listed in your syllabus. On Wednesday, we will have NO time to measure. We will be in the computer room, inputting our measurements. Dress in a tight t-shirt and leggings to be measured. Bring your measuring supplies. Thank God it will be a warm day, Monday night. On Wednesday, you need to have your USB.

In the Sewing Techniques Portfolio course, we got through everything that we were supposed to, last week. There was a crazy accident in this classroom on Thursday night. By accident, someone walked out of the room with one of my personal books: Shape Shape 2. Please bring it back. I know that you did not mean to walk out with the book. Accidents happen. This week, we can move forward. On Tuesday night, we will cut your patterns out. We will store them in a plastic baggie. Remember to Pre-shrink your fabric and interfacing!!!!! You will learn how important Grainlines really are. We will also begin to lay out our patterns on your fabric. The sewing commandment that goes with this, is number 12: Respect Thy Grainlines. On Thursday, you will finish laying out your patterns on your fabric. Then, I want you to go home to cut everything out. Cutting on the hallway floor is tough.

This weekend, we had the best time at our Fandango to El Cajon. We bought fabric in Yardage Town and notions at Central Sewing. We destroyed Yardage Town. At Central, we were more orderly. Everyone got what they needed for the classes. Afterwards, there were 6 of us, who went for lunch at Tyler’s Taste of Texas. A special shout out to Mildred who came to lunch and to Edith, who I could NOT stop hugging !!!!! During lunch, we re-planed our guest speaker for March 5th. I went to Central after our lunch and confirmed: On March 5th, Paula Rupley will demo both the Evolution and the Imagine’s specialty feet. Both classes are invited to come to this guest speaker demonstration.

Learning Links:

http://www.urbanthreads.com/free.aspx A free design from Urban Threads. Always download designs in .PES format, if you do not own an embroidery machine. This format is the most universal for home/domestic embroidery machines.

http://link.realage-mail.com/YesConnect/HtmlMessagePreview?a=pi07bescbRqV8RkNqoMifmY- Heart Healthy News Letter.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29596/more-fortuny-yes-more/page/all An interesting article written by Kenneth King concerning Fortuny fabric.

http://britexfabrics.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/0342F7BA9E32D94A/20E7279942C142F2D3AB5F5EEC5F0895 The Britex Newsletter. Just remember this place is the cream of all fabric stores!!!!! Trust me, I do a lot of drooling there………………..

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=b8tdhpdab&v=001rq5EDIUvnj4PGBZNbtXl9jErC-vf7v82436FoTJ2L6xUqupIy23e3mUfoJDtqkAKkv5qVGtO_SVUh7jwo0jErk7hpAXrd-x4CoOJj5jWOCc%3D These are the cutest USBs I have EVER seen !!!!!

See you all in class !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

An Ending and a Beginning

Dear A-Team:

It is always a sad time for me when a class comes to an end. So much learning in such a short time….one semester. The biggest lessons get learned in an instant. The lesson that stands out from my Flat Patternmaking class came from one student’s Learning Outcome (SLO): “Always follow the suggested fabric code. There is a reason for it.” All semester long we used wovens. Some students used knits in their final project and it didn’t exactly work out the way they wanted it to.

In Using your First Commercial Pattern the following picture really hits the nail on the head. I always say to make any garment your own by changing the pattern to suit your desires…………… Check out the label on this cat coat. I LOVE THIS.

Hello Spring 2013 !!!!!!!! Come to class this week, Wednesday or Thursday (January 30th or 31st), with at least the syllabus printed. In this way, you can take notes on the back side.

I am looking for someone who owns a Bernina Artista 200. I have some questions I would like to ask.

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

XVI Mastery Cometh Through Experience

Hello A-Team !!!!!

These final weeks of class, are all about using the knowledge that you have gained all semester. Go for it !!!! Show me how much you learned !!!!

Upcoming event:

Please Join Us!

Note: I will be bringing to class your hours up to January 10th. Since this is about half your grade….ask me what it is. Remember: Below 30 hours, the rule is not to give a grade. 30 hours gives you an incomplete. 80% of the hours listed for the course gives you a C or better, if you complete your project(s).

Drafting and Flat Patternmaking: We are in the midst of making our final patterns. They should be completed this week. Then you have about a week and a half to make up a sample garment. How Exciting !!!!! I am ready with my cell phone camera !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Using Your First Commercial Pattern: Last week, I demoed sleeve input, elastic waistband insertion, collars, and buttonholes. Five students have finished their PJs. I have pictures. One student made “PJs” for her cat! She even took pictures of her cat. They are moving on, to their second project.

The only demo that didn’t go as planned was buttonholes. I couldn’t figure out why. As an instructor, I wanted to make this easy for you. So over the weekend, I Googled it. I discovered that flannel and fleece buttonholes were troublesome for a lot of sewers. The following is what I found. Next week, I will demo buttonholes again and they will go better.

http://makezine.com/craft/101/sewing101_buttonholes/

Tip: Always do a couple of practice buttonholes on a scrap of the fabric you will be using. Some fabrics, like knits or flannel, are kind of spongy and don’t feed as easily. You may need a longer stitch length on these. If your fabric is stretchy or slippery, you can stabilize it with a little fusible interfacing on the wrong side before stitching your buttonhole. Once you’ve done a practice one, cut it open and make sure that your button goes through easily.

Now perhaps you’d like to adjust the stitching on your buttonhole. The buttonhole on the left has a longer stitch length of almost 1mm while the buttonhole on the right has a very short stitch length of .25mm. While a shorter stitch looks nice, be aware that some fabrics don’t feed as easily and they may jam when the stitch length is too short. So always do a couple of practice buttonholes on a scrap of your fabric.

http://www.etsy.com/teams/8283/just-sewing/discuss/11144379/page/2

Try turning your fabric around and making the buttonhole the opposite way. This might help you avoid the seam unevenness. I do it this way when making buttonholes at the top of a line dresses, boys jonjons, etc. and the layers of fabric are too thick. Normally you would start at the top, but mark the length and start at the bottom of the buttonhole. Sometimes it works:)

Links:

www.maxantbuttonandsupply.com Ever need to cover buttons or belts? This is the place to go!!!!

http://britexfabrics.cmail5.com/t/ViewEmail/r/7DAB885FCDC1E4CD/20E7279942C142F2D3AB5F5EEC5F0895 Britex Blog and Sale This place is NOT to be missed when you travel to San Francisco.

http://links.mkt1150.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MTQxMDI5NTES1&r=MjkyMjMyMjI4NTAS1&j=MjEwMDU2NjI4S0&mt=1&rt=0 Cat Channel Newsletter.

http://www.scabal.com/mailings/070113_con_2.htm Scabal: a passion for cloth.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29042/how-to-edgestitch-and-topstitch-a-collar-lapel/page/3 How to Edgestitch and Topstitch a Collar Lapel

http://link.realage-mail.com/YesConnect/HtmlMessagePreview?a=Oi0sTescbRqV8RkNqoMwesx2 RealAge Health Videos. I haven’t seen ALL the videos. Weigh in on the ones you like the most.

See you all in class!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Happenings in the Classroom

Hello A-Team!

Here is what is happening in the classes:

Patternmaking: Last Monday, we finished making our ½ size slopers. Last Wednesday, we started learning the art of making new pattern designs from our slopers. We made sure that we all had a two dart and a one dart sloper. We manipulated our one dart sloper into a French dart. We also manipulated the two dart sloper into neckline darts and made our first facing. This coming week we will be making a bateau neckline bodice with facings.

Portfolio: On Tuesday, we learned all about darts and how to gather in ratios. 3 to 1 gathers look fuller than 2 to 1 gathers. Last Thursday, we learned all about Pleats. This coming week, we will be studying closures, buttons, snaps, sequins, patches and more !!! This coming Thursday, we will be leaning about patch pockets and inseam pockets.

Remember to call Central Sewing (619-447-3244) to reserve your space for the Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party on November 3 and 4.

There is a Fashion Career Day on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Mesa College. I put flyers in the classroom.

There is an Artwear Fall Show and Sale at the Al Bar Temple in Kearny Mesa. The creative use of fabric. Beads, yarn, make this show spectacular. If you want the address, I will have it in class. Just ask.

http://www.skeldalehouse.com has an applique Q for free.

http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=98371&sc=3026 Weight Watchers published 14 things to do with Greek yogurt.

http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f8c95083dae7cbbbdc4d7ab5f&id=1865ad8f57&e=aa6f2dee5f Here is a video on using the stitch in a ditch foot from Sewing Parts Online.

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

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Summer Post

Dear A-Team:

I want to say, that this particular email had trouble going through.  I apologize if you received this two or three times.  I have been trying to work out the problems.

In Closing the Summer Semester, I would like to say that a lot was learned by all.  Including me !!!!!  I have updated the blog as far as I can go until I write the syllabi for fall.  Go there!!  Check out that right hand column.  It is full of new handouts and things that are coming soon !!!!!  www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com.

       

Double Faced Fabrics:  This past week, was the final push to finish.  In this class, only one certificate was given for the completed garment.  It was incredible !!!!  Congratulations Paola.  Three other certificates were given out for tailoring.  I was proud of everyone and their efforts!!!  Two things were learned in this course….1.  Fewer pattern pieces does not equal an easier sewing experience.  And 2.  AND THIS GOES FOR EVERYONE !!!!!……..The next time you look at a pattern….see the creative possibilities to MAKE IT YOUR OWN !!!!!!!  I hope to see you all back for more learning opportunities.

Portfolio:  We also practiced exposed zippers, lapped zippers and invisible zippers.  On Thursday, we practiced buttonholes on woven and knit fabric.  The best part of buttonholes is the fact that you can stabilize the interfaced and faced fabric with tear away stabilizer.  The buttonholes look so good they almost don’t need to be ironed !!!!!   The portfolios were turned in to be looked at.  I took pictures of everyone with their portfolios.  There were 25 certificates given out.  If you want to know your grade, you will be able to email or call me after Wednesday, August 8th.   See the happy student picture above !!!!!

Last Tuesday we ALL learned that Steam-a-Seam can gum up your press foot.  Darlene, the SewCal Gal received this email.  She knows how to use Steam a Seam.  She emailed me the following.  It is cool.  Check out HER blog, too,  It is great !!!!!!!  http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com.  Thank you for sending me the following……..

I’m really not sure why you’d want to use steam a seam either, for what you do.  Here are a few ideas that I think might show you times when it is handy:

– machine applique – it is a lightweight adhesive that helps to get the fabric to adhere.  Not used in the style of ME where you stitch out your placement design, lay down a large piece of fabric, followed by another placement design that you then manually cut your applique shape before satin stitch or other ME designs are applied. But if you use pre-cuts (e.g. AccuQuilt, Sizzix, etc) it really helps and this style of Applique is growing in popularity.

– Snippits embellishment is a way of ironing scraps of fabric to steam a seam and then cutting pieces into very small pieces and applying them to create a design.  You essentially can paint a picture with small snippets of fabric.  Steam a seam light is so lightweight, it works well for this application.  Very popular with mixed media art quilters.

– adhering any fabric to another fabric that you may want to further embellish or apply beads, threadplay, etc.

You may want to check out Interweave/QuiltingArts as they also show a variety of ways to use steam a seam for embellishment of clothing, which is very popular with young sewing enthusiasts.  Darlene is willing to come show us how to really use this product, when she takes her next class from me.

Looking toward the future:  Check out my courses for the fall.  www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com.   Spring 2013 will have Computer Patternmaking and Sew Like a Pro: TEXTILE courses.  Now the Textile course is a two part course.  The first part, will be a Sew Like a Pro Portfolio course.  You can add to your shoe box or start a new portfolio.  The second part will be a textile course.  Learn all about all the different textiles that are available and how to sew on them.  Yes, we will be burning fabric samples so that you can identify things in your stash.  Next summer, 2013, I will put together an embroidery course and an unfinished UFO project course among the other courses I offer.  You will be able to bring in those projects you just couldn’t complete and get help with them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The last day of classes, I was most honored that someone gave me daisies.  Another person gave me candy and a beautiful necklace.  I would  LOVE to know who gave me the necklace.  Without a name, I cannot thank the person.  You all need to realize I teach because I LOVE turning the lights on a skill that can be used to earn a living.  Always remember that a career is built on something that you LOVE to do and others don’t want to do, so they will pay you to do it for them.

I am going to end this communique with a bunch of links to keep you busy for the rest of the month.  I will email you again, when I get the syllabi up for Fall on the blog.  This should be in about 3 weeks.

Links:

www.wearableartconnection.org  This is a fantastic organization in Alta Loma, California.  They don’t meet monthly.  Check out their guest speakers!!!!  Mary Lou Rankin will be there Saturday, August 18th !!!  What a treat.  Thank you for telling me about this, Diane.

Did you ever wonder what some of the ingredients were in some packaged food products?   Check out the Additives and Fillers chart that is used in the food industry.  See the chart that Terrell sent me.  Scroll on down the right hand column on the blog.  www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com.

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/newsletter/20120806.html  Beautiful FREE photostitched embroidery rose !!!!!  http://www.urbanthreads.com/pages?id=401#newsletter   Before August 12, you can get a set of scientific mini symbols.  If you don’t own an embroidery machine, I suggest you get the designs in .PES format.  And while you are here, sign up for their newsletter.  Urban Threads can do NO WRONG in my book.  Their designs are edgy and stitch out beautifully !!!!!

http://ebm.e.taunton.com/c/tag/hBQGEgGAri9wOB8svLeAuxTDd.Ari9wOkR/doc.html?t_params=I_ADSKY%3D0%26I_ADSPOT_PRINTSUB_RENEW%3D0%26I_ADSPOT_THRSUBS%3D0%26I_SUBJECTLINE%3D0%26EMAIL%3Dmckenna%2540gothere.com%26FNAME%3DJoan%26PASSWORD%3DAri9wOAuxTDdBQGEgGIpJisqdrrnoT%26SOURCE%3DCA Threads enewsletter !!!!

www.makerplace.com  For all you entrepreneurs.  CHECK THIS OUT !!!!!!!  Thank you for sending this link, Mark-Allen !!!!

See you all in September !!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office:  619-588-2244

 

The Final Week of Summer 2012

Dear A-Team:

It is hard for me to believe, that my summer program is almost over. It went SO fast !!!! This week, I will be bringing in the grade sheets to tell you where you stand time wise. Remember, you need 57 hours + the final project to get a C or better. Remember: Everything – All Final Projects – are due the last day of class.

Double Faced Fabrics: This is the week to finish everything up. Last week, I demo’ d how to multiline embroidery for your jackets and how to sew in your pockets. On Monday, I will demo how to sew in the buttons – double sided.

Portfolio: Last week, we had 2 sew alongs. One for pockets and one for hem stitches. This last week, we will be practicing zippers on Tuesday and buttonholes on Thursday.

Remember: The A-Team emails and blog, go dark when there is NO classes. I will start up again, just before the fall semester begins. And before you even ask….Yes, I will send out an email announcing when to look at the blog for the fall flyers, syllabi, and other necessary items for my fall semester courses.

Great Links: http://www.stitches-digital.com/publication/frame.php?i=119398&p=56&pn=&ver=flex This is from Stitches Magazine. This can be very very motivating !!!!!!

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/26167/how-to-make-hairpin-lace?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_term=embellishments&utm_content=20120724-hairpin-lace&utm_campaign=threads-eletter/page Great embellishment idea !!!!!!!

Here is a great idea for an easy needle safe to use in your own sewing room: Keep your old needle cases. Use a piece of a file folder Avery label to mark what you are storing in there. Half used needles, broken needles to be thrown out, etc. When you finally do throw out the old needle case, the needles will hurt no one !!!! I was asked how often you should change your needle. If it is broken, has burs, or is bent…..these are all easy decisions to change your needle. Here are some more clues:

If you have skipped stitches, or puckering fabric. If you have sewn with the needle for 40 hours. That is once a week if you sewed 8 hours a day. Or just change the needle with each new project. I find that each project requires a different size needle. So this is an easy way for me to remember to change my needles often.

The following goes along with SAFTEY FIRST !!!!! Get Plugged in to Electrical Safety:

With the flip of a switch or a push of a button, electricity is what brings your home to life. While you are aware of electricity’s benefits, you also need to be aware of its dangers. The following are some of the things you can do to prevent electrical accidents:

1. Unplug such small appliances as toasters, coffee pots and curling irons when not in use. They are potential fire hazards if left plugged in when not in use, particularly during an electrical storm.

2. Overheating can occur from electrical outlets that do not hold plugs snugly. If you have loose outlets, have an electrician repair or replace them if needed.

3. Check lamp and light fixtures to see if the proper wattage bulbs are in place.

4 Using any wattage or type of light bulb other than what is recommended by the manufacturer can result in a fire.

5. Do not run electrical cords underneath furniture, rugs or carpets. Wiring can fray or break if repeatedly walked on, which also could result in a fire.

6. All electrical cords should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

7. Clean your dryer lint screen after every load dried.

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Time is moving SO fast !!!!!!

Dear A-Team:

I turn around and another week is gone.

Double Faced Fabrics: Congratulations to Rhonda’s team who rethread an industrial overlock !!!!!! I was so proud that you got it right is record time !!!!!! We keep working on our jackets. I did a lot of “unsewing” this weekend. That’s all I could accomplish. I will do a binding demo for you on Monday. You need to see how to miter corners with the bias. I will also be giving the Industrial Machine Written Exam. Last Wednesday, the 7000 printer decided to give trouble. It was such a comedy of errors !!!!! I couldn’t print out things you need to know. See attached. One is a great PDF article on Continuous bias tape. The other is an article on tailored sleeve vents. In each of these, the website is there, for you to do further research.

Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we learned by doing….what sergers can really do !!!! There were 4 sergers set up, each doing something different. In the end, you had 12 samples for your portfolio. You also saw a demo from Paula and Mike Rupley on serger specialty feet. What a treat this was !!!!! Last Thursday, we still dealt with controlling fullness. We practiced 3 kinds of darts and started to work with pleats. On Tuesday, July 17, we will finish up pleats, learn how to sew necklines and how to read a pattern. On Thursday, we will be practicing closures: buttons, snaps, sequins, beads, patches hooks and eyes.

Links !!!!

Here is a great heart shaped embroidery box for you to embroider. Download it from the following site in PES format. http://www.stitchdelight.net/default.asp (Lower right hand side of page 1.)

Check out this site for sewing machine trolleys: http://www.sewingandcraftclub.com/?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=2&CFID=32224777&CFTOKEN=78463352

Tips for better topstitching: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/26461/tips-for-better-topstitching?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_term=embellishments&utm_content=20120710-topstitching&utm_campaign=threads-eletter

Tweed Run 2010 – from Brooks, England. Fun YouTube video:

San Diego’s Singer Sewing Center: www.singersewingsandiego.com

SEE YOU ALL IN CLASS!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

Office: 619-588-2244

Continuous Bias Tape.pdf

Sleeve Vents.docx