Good Ideas are Laughed At in the Beginning. Katrucha Huork


Hello A-Team:

The motivational quote this week, motivates you NOT to give up !!!!

The Classes:

Draping:  This week we will begin draping on our newly created dress forms.  I do intend to run around and take pictures of you with your dress form.   We will be draping the bodice front and back. This is a sew along with Joanie class.  And you will discover how easy it is with your Connie Amaden-Crawford textbook.

Upcycling:  We are still practicing our kick pleats.  We need to do an inverted kick pleat.  And in the morning course, we will do an open kick pleat that is very different then the one we did last week in the night course.  Thank you, Patricia for wearing your jeans skirt with the open kick pleat, last week !!!!  We are also starting our upcycling projects.  In Sew Like a Pro you build on the basics !!!!

Flat Pattern Manipulation:  This week we will be manipulating the bodice front and back.  You will get to understand the beautiful difference between working with a sloper and then turning it into a block.

Sew Fun 1:  This week, we will practice sewing on the different grains:  straight, bias and knit.  You will learn what seams to use with each grain.

A Few Great Links!!!!!

Martha writes:  I am currently watching a tv series on Netflix called Time In Between.
The heroine is a dressmaker and throughout the entire series she is sewing fabulous gowns and designing and marking patterns all the while being a spy for the British during WWII.  Sort of a Downtown Abbey series feel to it.  Subtitles are in English when speaking Spanish and then subtitles are in Spanish if the actors are speaking English.  Takes place in Morocco North Africa and the musical score is very cool.  Beautiful cinematography and the writing is awesome.  Don’t want to reveal to much.  Cynthia recommended the series to me.     Thank you to you both !!!!!

free-mens-neck-tie-pattern-and-tutorial/  from Mina and the Upcycling students:   This is all about ‘Project Realway.’  Sponsored by my favorite Fabric Store in San Francisco !!!!  Britex.  Check out what this designer is doing !!!!  Fighting for the Plus Size Mannequin.

Thank you goes out to Maureen for sending the following article to the A-Team:

Kate Middleton’s pretty blue suit has revived interest in a quiet fashion label favored by Princess Diana

Wearing Catherine Walker (KGC-03/STAR MAX/IPx

WRITTEN BY:   Janet Guyon


October 19, 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge is the world’s best-known clothes horse. She regularly shows up at events wearing outfits by commercial designers who dominate the world’s big fashion shows—names such as Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Temperley, Jenny Packham, Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Prabal Gurung, and Max Mara, as well as fast-fashion labels like Zara.

Among these big, mass-merchandised brands, Kate Middleton favors one that’s eschewed such marketing, yet has carried on since the death from breast cancer of its founder and designer six years ago. She recently set Twitter alight by showing up on a commercial flight to London after a day in the Netherlands, dressed in a Catherine Walker suit.


Catherine Walker is a slow-fashion survivor when most of the industry has turned to mass production in China, Romania or Vietnam. Classically designed suits, dresses, slacks, coats, and evening gowns are still sewn by hand by 30 tailors and fitters across the street from the brand’s only shop, on Sydney Street in London’s Chelsea borough. Fabrics—fine wools, cashmere and silk—come from Italy and England. Everything is fully lined in silk; no polyester here.

The company was founded in 1977 by Walker, born in France as Catherine Marguerite Marie-Therese Baheux. She married a British lawyer, John Walker, who died in an accident in 1975, and later married her business partner, Said Cyrus.

Princess Diana, who would have been Kate Middleton’s mother-in-law had she lived to see her wedding to Prince William, owned some 1,000 outfits from Catherine Walker; she was buried in a black, long-sleeved Catherine Walker dress. Middleton’s own mother wore a Catherine Walker dress and coat to the wedding. Many of the designer’s pieces are displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Diana, Princess of Wales, arrives at Christie’s auction house in New York, wearing a Catherine Walker dress. (Reuters)

Other designers still do made-to-measure couture, but almost no-one focuses exclusively on fashion as slow as that of Catherine Walker. The company holds no runway shows, nor does it engage in heavy marketing, and it owns the buildings that house its workshops and store, all of which keeps costs down. Twice a year, Catherine Walker sends out invitations to the British press to come to the shop and see the latest designs, displayed on mannequins.

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See you all in class !!!!