Life is just a bunch of twists and turns on the game board of life. It is how we navigate that defines who we are. Joan McKenna

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Hello A-Team !!!

This following week,  is week 2 for the Fall 2016 semester of Sew Along with Joanie’s courses.   The journey is just beginning.  Open the file cabinets in your mind and let the learning begin.

Draping on Body Doubles:  This patternmaking course is just beginning on Monday.  Print out your syllabus and come to class.  Be prepared to take notes and register in class.

Upcycling:  This Sew Like a Pro course is broken up into 3 parts.   The first part is Textiles.  On Tuesday, both Upcycling classes will choose the topic of their textile presentation.  Just pick a fabric and then follow your syllabus as to what to talk about.  Each discussion will be about 10 minutes.  I will see if I can get you into the computer laboratory for research.    Besides starting our Textile projects, we will be starting our Sew Like a Pro portfolios.  This past weekend, there was a fandango to buy fabrics and supplies for this.  Pre-shrink everything before you come to class.  Check your closet for 2 to 3 items that we can upcycle into 1 item.  If you can’t find anything, there is always the thrift shops.  You will find lots of things there……….

Flat Pattern Manipulation:  Come to class with your double laminated french curves cut.  You can finish up smoothing the curves in class, with a nail file.  We will also be tracing our 5 piece master collection onto pattern paper.  We will then tape the pieces together and begin to true everything up so that it fits your chosen half scale dress form.  You will learn a few patternmaking techniques.  The term of the day will be “Walk Off.”  From your trued up and walked off pattern, you will be producing a sample toile.

Sewing Fundamentals 1  (Sew Fun 1):  Come to class with your fabrics pre-shrunk and patterns all cut.  Pre-shrink your interfacings in a clean sink.  Directions for all of this, are in your syllabus.  Remember:  Stabilizer is NOT pre-shrunk.  Bring all your supplies.  You will be learning more about grainlines, and layouts.

Some interesting Links:

Sewing Machine Parts Online  This site has great parts for older sewing machines and fantastic YouTube Educational Videos.  Good Site to Know about.

Wawak.com  This site has sewing supplies at great prices.

Keeping you Posted with McCall’s Patterns  This is a blog from McCalls’s.  They present alot of different ideas.

Silhouette Patterns     It is good to know about Peggy Sager’s Patterns.

New York Times Fabulous Article 

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

Joanie