Sewing Fundamentals Syllabi Attached +

Dear A-Team:

I am excited to send out the first syllabi of the Fall 2011 semester. Tomorrow, I will send out the syllabi for Computerized Embroidery/SewnProducts III. See Attached.

Following are some great things from your fellow students. THANK YOU ALL FOR SENDING THIS ALL TO ME !!!

JOBS FIRST !!!! Don’t forget to look below this !!!!!!

From: Diane Carter []
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:18 AM
Subject: Help Needed for San Diego Quilt Show

Hi Joan – Thanks for the help. First of all, as we discussed it is OK to send this email and my email address and phone number. I will be having a booth at the San Diego Quilt show and am looking for help to do demonstrations at the show. The show is being held at the San Diego Convention Center September 8,9 and 10th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) 10am – 6 pm. We will be demonstrating a glue pen used for foiling and glitter and quilt label stamps. I pay $11 an hour and if anyone is interested they can contact me at the phone number below or at my email. Thank you again.

Diane Carter

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

Home Office: 619-588-2244

Fax: 619-579-2278

Fall 2011 Early Portfolio Course.doc

Class Etiquette – Fall 2011

As a courtesy to other students and instructors:  Read & Observe Joan McKenna’s Classroom Etiquette

Classroom Behavior

1.  Civilized, pleasant, and cooperative behavior is expected during class.  Any disruptive or hazardous behavior will NOT be tolerated.  Notification will be made through a personal conference or official
notification from the school.  It is prohibited to use cell phones, beepers, cassette players, radios, a Walkman, etc., while in class.

2.  Individuals that want to hold private conversations with other students need to take the conversation outside the classroom so that it will not disrupt the learning of other students.  The instructor will STOP class and ask you to hold your conversation outside.

3.  Faculty members will assign seats when deemed necessary.

4.  Respect the rights of other students, faculty, staff, tutors and their positions.  During lectures and discussions DO NOT ask for or OFFER personal assistance.  There will be NO SEWING MACHINE USAGE during lectures, demos, and discussions.

5.  Be prepared to work in class.  Bring your projects, sewing supplies, notions, notes, pens, text, etc., to each class.  The instructor can NOT be relied upon to supply you with anything.

6.  Be prepared to be an active participant in class discussions and lectures.  Take notes in class.  Jot down what you learned.  This will prove that learning is accumulative.

7.  If you miss a class or a handout, you need to obtain “hard” copies from a classmate.  Many times, the instructor gives handouts electronically.  ALWAYS carry your 2 Gig USB with you.

8.  The instructor truly does have a hearing loss.  Some names will never be pronounced correctly no matter how hard I try.  Ambient noise causes me to disconnect when I answer questions.  (As a flower child of the ’60’s I did really stupid things that caused this to happen.)


9.  Unless stated otherwise in class:  Student attendance AND completed project(s) are required for a Certificate of Participation/Completion in each course OR Program.  Make sure you sign in and out on the Class Attendance Verification Form (CAV).

10.  You may attend classes and NOT receive a certificate or be involved in any program.  In either of the above cases, it is required that you fill out and have on file an intake form if your course calls for one.

11.  Regular attendance is expected in all classes in accordance with the approved class schedule.  Any student absent for three consecutive class meetings may, at the discretion of the instructor, be dropped from the class.  Those students receiving financial aid or Veteran’s benefits must comply with the attendance requirements specific to those programs.  Some instructors may have attendance requirements that are specific to the class or program.  These requirements will be found in the class syllabus.  Students should direct questions regarding class attendance to the instructor at the time they enroll in the class.  Non-fee classes may be closed when student attendance falls below a required level.  Students are urged to be in regular attendance and to assume, through regular attendance, the responsibility for keeping the class in

12.  The California Community Colleges Board of Governors,,  has decided to limit the number of times
a student can retake a class.  For Continuing Education this means that the instructor must accept new students before accepting repeat students if there is room in the class.

TLC for the School’s Machines

13. TLC for the School’s Machines:  There is a wide assortment of home sewing machines, tucked away in Room 216.  Straight stitch:  Bernina, Pfaff & 1 Janome.  Sergers:  Imagine & Bernina, plus one Evolve set to a 3 thread cover stitch.  Dedicated Embroidery machines:  Decos and one Accent.  These machines will be SIGNED OUT to each student, each class period, along with their respective bobbin cases.  Ask the instructor where the SIGN OUT book is kept, if it is NOT next to the Class Attendance Verification Form (CAV).  The faculty and other sewing students expect the machines to be returned to room 216 in good working order when you are finished using the school’s sewing machines.

14.  TLC for ALL Sewing Machines:  ALWAYS carry sewing machines in their carrying cases from room 216 to where you are going to set up.  If you are going to be brining in your own machine to use, buy a carrying case or sewing machine luggage.

15.  TLC for the School’s Machines:  If you suspect that there is something wrong with the sewing machine you signed out, the first thing to do is rethread the machine.  99% of the time, threading is the problem.  If that still does not fix the problem, there are Equipment Repair Orders (EROs) in a pocket in the sign out book.  You will need to talk to the instructor and fill one out.  The machines are all numbered.  The forms are easy and fast to use.  Give the completed form to the instructor.  Do NOT put the broken machine away at the end of class.  NOTE the opposite:  If a machine has an equipment repair order (ERO) taped to it, DO NOT USE THAT MACHINE.

16.  TLC for the School’s Machines:  There will be a class coming up where the care, maintenance and threading of various types sewing machines is covered.  You are ALWAYS welcome to bring your own machine(s) to class to use.  MISSING THIS CLASS, INFORMS THE INSTRUCTOR THAT YOU WILL BE BRINGING YOUR OWN MACHINE TO CLASS TO USE.

17.  TLC for the School’s Machines:  You MUST clean up your workstation and the floor before leaving the classroom.  TLC for the School’s Machines:  The school’s sewing machines MUST BE carried in their cases & put away exactly as you found them in their properly marked spot.  Bobbin cases and extra feet need to be returned to the instructor.  Leaving early is no excuse for NOT doing this.

18.  There are 12 industrial sewing machines in room 209.  You may ONLY use them, if you have a Certificate of Training on file in the classroom.


19.  To insure that you get the help you need:  Please put your name on the whiteboard, in descending order under the word:  Help.

20.  The WCC room 209 computer is NOT for personal use.  In case of personal emergency, please ask
permission to use the computer.  The WCC computer lab computers (room 203) are NOT for personal use.  If there is a waiting list to get into this course, and you just want to come and use the computers to
surf, view your email, or chat on line, you will NOT be welcomed back into class.

21.  Due to the size of Room 209, layouts and cutting are done on the carpet outside the classroom when there are many students.  It is a good idea to get your layout approved by the instructor and then go home and cut on a table.

22.  Joan’s loaned books, DVDs, and videos are due back the following week during class.  No Exceptions!  Please ask and sign out any of these before taking them home.  Example:  If you borrow a book on a Tuesday, the book is due back on Tuesday the next week.

23.  It is a very good idea to label all your personal tools and supplies.  Colored ribbon is a good visual queue but a name permanently inscribed is strongly advised.  This insures that if something is left behind, it can be returned to the proper owner.  This should be done before the item is brought to class.

24.  I have attached my version of the Sewing Commandments, which will help you start, and accomplish a safe and honorable sewing experience.

The Ten Commandments of Sewing

(The first Ten are Too Good to Mess With)

©2011 Joan McKenna

XI  Safety First*

XII  Respect Thy Grainlines

XIII  Seam Lines are Second Chances for Perfect Fit

XIV  Thine Iron is Thy Friend

XV  Listen to Critiques & Opinions, Then Choose Thine Own Path

XVI  Mastery Cometh through Experience

XVII  Mistakes Present Opportunities for Creativity

XVIII  Expose Thyself to Historical & Technical Sewn Product Inspiration

XIX  Size all Patterns with Thy Client’s Name

XX  First  Sewn Product Collections Should be Kept Small & Manageable

SAFETY FIRST*: This instructor would rather yell and have you quickly stop what you are doing, than see you get physically hurt.  I do not want ANYONE to suffer bodily harm in this classroom.

Sewing’s 10 Commandments

Sewing Commandments are not new.  I googled it.  I put what made me laugh the most here.

The Ten Commandments of Sewing
(The first Ten are Too Good to Mess With)
© 2011 Joan McKenna

I have attached additional Commandments to the original 10 Commandments, which will help you start, and accomplish a safe and honorable sewing experience. #11 – 20:

XI Safety First

XII Respect Thy Grainlines

XIII Seam Lines are Second Chances for Perfect Fit

XIV Thine Iron is Thy Friend

XV Listen to Critiques & Opinions, Then Choose Thine Own Path

XVI Mastery Cometh through Experience

XVII Mistakes Present Opportunities for Creativity

XVIII Expose Thyself to Historical & Technical Sewn Product Inspiration

XIX Size all Patterns with Thy Client’s Name

XX First Sewn Product Collections Should be Kept Small & Manageable

SAFETY FIRST*: This instructor would rather yell and have you quickly stop what you are doing, than see you get physically hurt. I do not want ANYONE to suffer bodily harm in this classroom.

Other Ten Commandments from Google: 12-30-10

Quilting Forum – General Chit Chat


Thou shalt put away no ironing board before its time.

Thou shalt not expect meals, clean laundry, or a sparkling house when sewing calls.

Thou shalt walk through this room as if treading on needles and pins.

Thou shalt not use my fabric shears.

Thou shalt not covet my sewing machine.

Thou shalt stick no unthreaded needles in the pincushion.

Thou shalt always remember a stitch in time saves nine.

Thou shalt not touch my organized mess.

Thou shalt remember that each item sewn is stitched with love and care.

Thou shalt praise God often for all creative talents.

Janlynn 12”X16” -Ten Commandments Ccx From K-mart has a version to embroider as a quilt. Could NOT download the words. Quilters Ten Commandments

Thou shalt not do buttons.

Thou shalt sew 1/4″ seams.

Thou shalt leave no bolt unturned.

Thou shalt not rip – only un-sew!

Thou shalt not envy they neighbours stitches.

Thou shalt never pass a quilt shop.

Thou shalt cook and clean but once a week.

Never quilt tomorrow what you can quilt today.

Thou shalt not covet they neighbors stash.

Thou shalt not reveal funds spent on quilting supplies. QUILT TEACHER’S TEN COMMANDMENTS

by Cindy Thury Smith 1999

1. Thou shalt not ridicule a student’s choice of fabrics nor their colors; a student’s taste should be reflected in their work.

2. Thou shalt not require excessive expenditures for a class; thou dost not know a student’s financial situation.

3. Thou shalt provide students with clearly written and illustrated handouts. Thou shalt be able to explain a construction step with more than one method (written, verbal, visual).

4. Thou shalt provide value for their money; at least one other variation of the quilt in addition to the standard design.

5. Thou shalt be on time, start on time and provide time for questions.

6. Thou shalt circulate amongst the students, checking progress, even if thy feet dost hurt.

7. Thou shalt find something positive to say about each student’s work. Thou shalt not have a “My way or the highway” frame of mind; creativity comes in many forms.

8. When a student makes a good suggestion, thou will announce it to the class and give credit where due.

9. Thou shalt allow some time after class to help anyone who sews at a more leisurely pace.

10. Thou shalt show numerous samples; and if thou dost not have numerous samples done, make suggestions for other applications of the pattern.

MURPHY’S Laws of Sewing

The author of these Murphy’s Laws of Sewing is anonymous. She surely must have been around us. We’ve had just about all of them happen – at least once.

For those of you that are new to sewing – don’t get discouraged! Things really do get better, and that dance outfit really does look nice. No one really sees those mistakes unless you tell them.

1. If you drop something out of your sewing basket, it will be your box of pins with the cover off.

2. Fusible interfacings always fuse to the iron.

3. The seam you meant to rip out is ALWAYS the other one.

4. The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.

5. The pattern you wanted to make again will have one key piece missing.

6. Whenever the construction process is going well, the bobbin thread runs out.

7. The magnitude of the goof is in direct proportion to the cost of the fabric.

8. Facings tend to be sewn to the wrong side. (Opposite sides attract).

9. The iron never scorches the garment until its final pressing.

10. The steam iron only burps rusty water on light, silky fabrics.

11. Gathering threads always break in the middle.

12. The serger only eats the customer’s garment.

13. If you need 6 buttons, you will find 5 in your button box.

14. When you are in a hurry, the needle eye is always too small.

15. The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.

16. Your lost needle will be found by your son, husband, or brother-in-law….while walking around barefoot.

17. Collar points don’t match, and you’ve trimmed all the seams.

18. The sewing machine light usually burns out on Sunday.

19. Pinking shears get dull just by looking at them.

20. The scissors always cut easiest past the buttonholes.

A Tailor, Called Upon by Designers and Politicians

By ANN FARMER            NYTimes
When the trend-setting fashion designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone wanted a top-of-the-line men’s wear maker for their hip brand, whose door did they knock on? Martin Greenfield’s  When the costume designers for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” sought period garments that could have been lifted straight out of the 1920s, whom did they turn to? Martin Greenfield. And when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and other local notables known for their sartorial flair need a new addition to their wardrobe, whom do they call? You guessed it.

Working behind the scenes for more than 60 years, Martin Greenfield has been an influential face of men’s fashion in New York City — from the era when men wore suits to baseball games to today, when only the fussiest of restaurants demand jackets and ties.

Men’s fashion may be much less formal, but Mr. Greenfield, 82, is still old-school in his devotion to the labor-intensive, exacting and vanishing art of making tailored garments by hand.

“See, I wore out the floor,” Mr. Greenfield said the other day, standing on a weathered sheet of plywood that long ago replaced the worn planking on the second floor of the factory in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he and his two sons oversee 117 workers.

Hunched over tables spread across the vast loft-style space, workers methodically stitched sleeves, pockets, buttonholes and collars into jacket bodices. Dressed in a natty three-piece suit embellished with a pair of striking cufflinks — a tiny measuring tape and shears presented by a satisfied customer — Mr. Greenfield paused to sort through a rack of finished jackets destined for Brooks Brothers and two fashion-forward labels: Freemans Sporting Club and Band of Outsiders. “Look at the beauty of these garments,” he said, pointing out the even stitching and luxurious feel. “Everything is soft.” Every suit, Mr. Greenfield explained, takes about six weeks and the handiwork of 80 to 85 tailors to make.

“He does simply outstanding work,” said Mr. Bloomberg, who credits Mr. Greenfield with making all his suits. Mr. Greenfield first grasped the importance of appearances while trying to survive the Holocaust. When he was 14, he and his father, mother, two sisters and a brother were taken from their home in Pavlova, in what was then Czechoslovakia, and later delivered to Auschwitz. He was assigned to wash clothes in the camp’s alteration shop, and one day he accidentally ripped an SS officer’s shirt, an affront for which he was beaten. The officer threw the shirt at Mr. Greenfield, who mended it and started wearing it instead of the uniforms the other prisoners wore. From then on, he said, the guards and prisoners began treating him with respect. “He looked like a somebody,” said Jay Greenfield, 52, Mr. Greenfield’s oldest son and the executive vice president of the company, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, explaining that his father attributes his survival to that shirt. The rest of Mr. Greenfield’s family perished in the camp, though he did not find that out immediately and spent two years after the war looking for them. After discovering that some of his mother’s siblings had immigrated to America before the war, Mr. Greenfield traveled to New York, where he was met by an aunt, who relied on a photograph to recognize him. In 1947, he was hired by a clothing manufacturer, GGG Clothing, in East Williamsburg. His first assignment was to move batches of unfinished garments from one sewer to another. He advanced to blind stitcher, fitter, supervisor and so on, until he was able to buy the business in the 1970s, starting from scratch with six employees. He did not have it easy after he took over. “Eleven times they’ve broken in,” said Mr. Greenfield, who founded a business development corporation and served on a local preservation board to help revitalize the now-gentrifying neighborhood.

As his reputation grew, well-known figures like Paul Newman, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Colin Powell and Patrick Ewing sought him out for custom-made suits, which cost as much as $2,600. After President Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, the White House requested a tailcoat for the president’s first state dinner. Painstakingly measuring Mr. Clinton, Mr. Greenfield told him: “Anyone would give their right arm to be in my position. But if I don’t do it right, you could ruin my reputation.” Mr. Clinton, he recalled, simply laughed. Later, Mr. Greenfield got a photo of Mr. Clinton wearing the tailcoat. “They sent me the picture because he looked so good in it,” he said.

As comfortable as he is dressing the president, Mr. Greenfield is also versatile enough to work with Mr. Wainwright and Mr. Neville, the designers behind Rag & Bone, who are known for their modern yet classic approach to men’s fashion. Mr. Greenfield celebrated when Rag & Bone was named the 2010 Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.   “We don’t get to win awards, but we get to enjoy the success,” said Tod, his other son.

They also delighted in watching episodes of “Boardwalk Empire,” for which they hand-tailored 250 period garments with fabric that was used in the 1920s. “It’s hard to follow the plot,” Tod Greenfield said, “because we’re looking at the clothes.” One day, when Mr. Greenfield visited the set of the show in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Steve Buscemi, the actor who plays one of the leading roles, walked up to him and gave him a hug. “He said he never looked so good,” Mr. Greenfield said.

Thoughts of the Day:

Treasure every Moment that you Have.
Yesterday is History.
Tomorrow is a Mystery.
Today is a Gift.
That’s why it’s called the PRESENT !
Eleanor Roosevelt
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity.
Don’t fight them.
Just find a different way to stand.
Oprah Winfrey
Open the File Cabinets of your Mind
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Joan McKenna

Project Runway

Project Runway’s preshow begins at 8 PM on Thursday, August 20th, 2009. The first show of the new season starts at 10 PM. It will now be on the Lifetime Network. This is Channel 38 on San Diego Cox. Don’t forget to watch !!!! Make Money with Your Skills

Leapin’ Lizards !!!

This picture is Priscilla’s final project from the Spring Semester. I couldn’t resist posting it !!!!

The classes are still ALIVE !!!! I am so JAZZED !!!! This is the third week of each course. I do intend to run the courses until the Dean tells me to stop. Here is what’s up in each course. Over the July 4th weekend, I will set up the Fandango for July 11. It’s coming up ever so quickly !!!!

Serging: We learned a bit about fitting a paper pattern last week. Hope you all cut your fabric and are ready to serge. BRING YOUR SERGERS TO CLASS ALONG WITH FABRIC AND MAXI LOCK SERGER THREAD. This week, we will be threading our sergers, and testing our stitches. Once you have done that, you can begin to sew up the bathrobe. We will tie on your threads to the cover stitch machine and make your belt loops. It’s easy. I will show you. AND if there is time, I will demo how to embroider one pocket. I have enough stabilizer for each serger student to embroidery one pocket with a Deco machine. I have 6 Decos so waiting will be at a minimum. If you own your own embroidery machine, feel free to embroider a pocket at home.

Basic Sewing: Last week, we fitted our nightshirt pattern. We discovered that McCall’s pulled pattern 8524 from its pattern book. Some of you, are using different patterns. BUT…they are all basic. So don’t worry. This week, we will be SERGING our open edges. Sergers will overcast the edge of your fabric so that they won’t ravel. AND the edge will lay flat. The ONLY edges that do NOT get serged are the ones that are enclosed like the neckline and neckline facing edge. The facing edge that is NOT enclosed gets serged. It’s easy. I will show you. Yes, I know, there are overcast stitches on the straight stitch sewing machines. Why are we not using them??? Because they don’t lie as flat as a true serged edge. AND I decided to take this opportunity to introduce sergers to you. They are very useful when you sew. AFTER the serging is done, I will show you how to mark your cut fabric with notches, dots, and pocket placement. All of this is done in the seam allowance.

Patternmaking: This week we will be drafting woven pants from the handout I gave you. Make sure you have taken the measurements that were listed on the handout. Last week, we draped knit leggings and traced them off onto pattern paper. Bring your curved rulers, pencils, and ultra fine sharpie markers, !!!! You will be able to see quite the difference between the two patterns when we are done.

Computerized Machine Embroidery: Last week, we learned how to work with hot-fix crystals. It was fun !!!! I think I was the only one who mixed the crystals with permanent markers. I do intend to wear my shirt on Thursday night. I hope you all wear your shirts, too.
I was asked to write the directions for using crystals with Mylar paper. I thought I should reprint this here:

To use the Mylar paper with Hot-Fix Crystals:

1. Take an image. I like to use Microsoft clip art. It should be something she likes. Print it out.
2. Scotch Tape it to a table.
3. Take the backing off the CLEAR Mylar piece. Place it sticky side up over the Microsoft clip picture.
4. Tape this down in all 4 corners.
5. Outline the clip art with the crystals. MAKE SURE… place the crystals right side down on the Mylar. When you think you are done, replace the backing on the Mylar.
6. Turn the Mylar over to see what you created. You can easily remove the backing and move the crystals around – until you are happy.
7. Place the t-shirt on the ironing board. Place a pressing cloth over the Mylar. PRESS without steam for about 1 minute. The Mylar will get all wrinkly. This is how you know you did it right. LET THE MYLAR
8. COOL BEFORE YOU TAKE IT OFF. The crystals will be stuck to the t-shirt.
9. When you want to wash the t-shirt….use cold water and turn the t-shirt inside out.

This week we will be doing embroidered Pocket Toppers

You will need: A shirt with a pocket on it. This should be a woven shirt. I found an appliqué teddy bear embroidery design for this. I have paw prints (from the text) and I have the teddy bear appliqué pocket topper. (REALLY COOL !) Bring a 4 inch square of appliqué fabric if you want to do the teddy bear coming out of the pocket. The school will also supply the rayon embroidery threads. Bring tear away stabilizer. We will learn about templates and we will be using the Cartesian cross. Come to class with the vertical (y axis) line basted from inside the pocket on up over your shirt pocket. Make sure this line is dead set in the middle of the pocket.

Remember to check out the right side column of the blog. I have added new embroidery sites and inspirational creative messages.

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The Week Before the Open House Fashion Show

Blog #3 April 26, 2006

Hello A-Team !!!!

Check out this week’s picture. There are 6 designers there. Left to Right. Upper to Lower, I can only name 3. Can you name the rest???? Let me know. Send me an email.

#1. Donatella Versace. #5. Madeleine Vionnet. #6: Coco Chanel.

Check out the best link ever!!! I put a new link up under Fashion News. Check out the site: Fashion Windows. It is a wealth of information concerning fashion designers (past and presnent) + fashion news + more !!!!!

I also put up more info under Jobs and Career. Things to know when you are laid off.

What an exciting week we have coming up!!


We have some students who are finished with their fashion show feather shirts. We have some that are not. For those who are ahead, let’s bring some cutaway and solvy and do a stitchout on stretch velvet. I gave the green velvet to you a while ago. Check your stash….. This will be fun to do. I now have 4 repaired embroidery machines + the Viking Rose. Come to class and let’s practice !!!! If you still need a shirt to embroider feathers on, let me know. I have two donated shirts that are just waiting to be used.

This is the week we need to make our model list for the fashion show. For the Thursday night class….this is the last class before the show. Our feather shirt fashion show will be at 12:15 PM on May 6th, in room 211 of West City Center. For those of you who can not attend, don’t worry: You can give me your shirt. We have plenty of dress forms that will display with HONOR !!!

Basic Sewing:

We need to discuss our Sample Portfolio presentation this week. Next Monday night…they are due. I know…we are NOT finished, yet. BUT….the Portfolios will look excellent just the way they are!!!! Everyone will be able to see just how much you have learned !!!!!


We are in the middle of patterning our first dress. This week we will finish it up by completing the sleeves, facings, interfacings, and adding seam allowances. Then we can cut and sew our toile/sample to check the fit. WHAT FUN !!!! Remember to bring ALL your pattern making tools. It is time to buy the notions for our dress: The notions are listed in the specifications chart on page 131 of our text book. You will need 7 or 9 half-inch buttons, ONE 9 to 12 inch polyester side zipper, and rat/mouse tail (About 1/2 yard). Check your stash !!! If you have not bought your toile/sample supplies, do NOT buy the rat/mouse tail. I bought the class something better to use. Come to class and find out what it is !!!!

This week’s class is the last class before the fashion show. You will need to dress a half-scale dress form for the show with your muslin sloper. I promise to take pictures so that you can see how they were displayed. So don’t forget to bring your dress with your “arm.” I can’t wait to see this all displayed !!!!!!!!

Be persistent in your studies !!!!! Come to class prepared to LEARN !!!!

Make it a GREAT week !!! See you all in class !!!!

Sewn Products are Fun

I’m crazy about Sewn Products and not just clothing but anything you can sew!
Just ask my friends, my students, my cats in fact anyone who knows me will tell you that!
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