No News is Good News !!!!

Hello A-Team:

So much to say, but no word from the Salvation Army !!!!!

Sewing Fundamentals: Last week we learned 4 hem stitches and how to input 2 zippers. Never got to finish Invisible Zippers. Next Tuesday, is the FINAL day for the Portfolio Module. We will be practicing buttonholes on woven and knit fabric. Your portfolios are due along with your Sewing Techniques Grading Sheets. I will be taking pictures. Thursday, we will have our personal image class. Saturday, November 8th, there is a fandango to the National City Swap Meet. I have addresses for you in the classroom. Take your syllabus with you, if you plan to go. For your next module, what you do NOT find at the swap meet, you need to pick up at Yardage Town or Joanne’s. There will be no class on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11. So all your supplies for the next module are due Thursday, November 13. On Thursday, November 13, we will be cutting out our patterns, pinning them together, and trying them on, for our first pattern changes. For more details, check your syllabus. Remember, because a day was added for crimping, we are a day behind.

 

Sew Like a Pro: Module Upcycling: Last week, we worked on our upcycled outfits, and dresses. I was NOT contacted by the Salvation Army, yet. Perhaps later in the week. Keep checking the blog for the latest information!!!! This gives us more time to complete our project(s). Next Saturday, November 8th, there is a fandango to the National City Swap Meet. I have addresses for you in the classroom. Take your syllabus with you, if you plan to go. For your next module, what you do NOT find at the swap meet, you need to pick up at Yardage Town or Joanne’s. I have acquired computer room 203 for the croqui class. The date of this, is November 12th. This means, that on Monday, November 10, bring your tights, shorts, tight tank shirts and I will take your 4 croqui pictures.

Notes for the Future:

If you decide NOT to go on the fandango to the National City Swap Meet, on Saturday, November 8th, go to the Street Fair at Mesa College.  Your classmate, Carolina, has a booth selling her Artisan Tote Bags.   Yeah !!!!  Make Money with your Skills !!!!  

 

My favorite store, Distinctions, which is located in Grossmont Center, is closing. You will only be able to buy from them, through their website. www.distinctions.com. Right now, the sales are 75% off. Go if you need to augment your wardrobe.

 

Did you read Sunday’s Parade Magazine that came with the paper? It was all about Encore Entrepreneurs: How Five Late Bloomers turned big ideas into sweet success. It’s a GREAT article !!! I will bring the magazine to the classroom, if you want to take a look.

 

Sew Pro’s new newsletter came in the mail this week. There next LA bus trip is listed. It is March 14th. I will be on the bus. BUT…this trip, I will be taking my students to B. Black and Sons. This is where you will get your tailoring supplies. www.bblackandsons.com. They are the BEST place to go for tailoring supplies on the west coast !!!!!

 

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Maureen’s “Check this Out” Tip: The ‘Women Fashion Power’ Exhibition at the Design Museum in London. https://www.designmuseum.org/ Very cool. Thank you Maureen !!!!

 

Oh, the stories this Pucci dress could tell!

One of our assistant editors showed up with a real gem recently: a Pucci dress that her mother-in-law had purchased in the 1960s while on her honeymoon in Italy. Pucci. Italy. 1960s. The very trio of words evoke images of a suave and elegant time.

Straight out of 1960s Italy.
Times have changed: A size 14 is now a size 6.

I greedily stole away with the dress and devoured its details. At a half century, it is still as deliciously vibrant and alluring as I’m sure it was the day it was bought. The only difference is that a Size 14 has now become a Size 6. The dress is a lovely, slinky silk jersey with gorgeous hand, body, and drape. But I found some details I would never expect in a silk jersey dress.

First, the invisible zipper was installed by hand with a meticulous pick stitch. If you turn the zipper edge over, you can see the hand stitching on the underside. Still sturdy after all these years.

Even more surprising is the grosgrain ribbon waist stay, a detail you would expect in a bridal gown, but not in this sexy slip of a dress.

Both were unexpected couture touches that I would not have expected to find in a dress made from this fabric. I felt very fortunate to see a dress up close that is so classic and yet so now.

For more gorgeous fashions right off the runway that you can sew and add your own special touches to, check out a subscription to BurdaStyle. It’s my favorite sewing magazine (after Stitch, of course.)

Do you have any couture gems from another time hidden in your closet. Do tell!

Happy stitching!

I would not expect a waist stay in a silk jersey dress !!!!!

See You all next 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