The Fashion Club and Fashion Program at Mesa College present a lecture and discussion. See the attached flyer.
Please consider coming and bringing students or friends to the event below:
On Wednesday, February 20th, the Fashion Club in conjunction with our Fashion and Technology Series is presenting a lecture on “Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Reality show called Fashion Stars (NBC).
Location: Mesa College, G101
Date: Wed. Feb. 20th, 4 p.m.
Joe Vecchiarelli, a producer of NBC’s Fashion Stars, will share the ins and outs of running a fashion reality show and managing the business aspects of producing the garments which are sold at Saks, Macy’s and Express.
Designers create a collection, which is manufactured and sent to retail stores. The winners each episode are determined by the sales of their garments (as are the losers). The new season will begin to air on March 13th.
Here is a link to NBC’s site to learn more about Fashion Stars.
I can’t believe that Winter Break is over already………. I am so ready to come back to class. I know you all are too. During this break, I had the opportunity to visit Britex in San Francisco. If you every get a change to go to San Francisco, go there. Its ½ block from Union Square !!!!!!
Let’s recap the week before Winter Break. It was a fun fun week !!!!
Flat Pattern Manipulation: This was the week that we learned how to do knockoffs from readymade complete garments. We did shirts and pants. The technique is easy. Just time consuming. This being said, if the fit is perfect on the readymade completed garment, then the knockoff is worth the effort to achieve the same fit. On Wednesday, we also had a Holiday Raffle. I also collected your final project croquis to grade.
January starts our final project. I have all your final project croqui drawings. I hope you have all been thinking how you plan on patterning your creation. I will be available to help you, if you run out of ideas. See you all on Wednesday, January 2rd.
Your First Commercial Pattern: Everyone individually worked on their pajamas this week. Some of you are close to finishing. Remember, I need to see the completed pajamas and take a picture of them to be able to grade you. On Tuesday, I did a demo on elastic waistbands. Those who were in the Portfolio class, remembered how to do it. On Thursday, we had a Holiday Raffle. Everyone walked away with a gift. We also went over how to make buttonholes on all the different school sewing machines. Diana Jasso won the grand prize: A Singer Child’s Sewing Machine. Hurray for Diana !!!!!!
A question came up in this class that I want to address in this post. The question was: Why don’t I run this class like I run the portfolio course and guide you through the sewing process? If I did that, you would never bother to read the pattern guide. In this class, that is the most important skill to acquire. You need to learn to read…..and critically think the directions. Do they seem logical? Can you think of a better way to do an operation? Learning that the pattern guide is a GUIDE and NOT the All Mighty is important for you to be able to be creative and customize your garment. You need to be able to visualize and execute your apparel dreams. You absolutely need to make your garments your own style. I know, this course seems to be the tougher of the two Sewing Fundamentals courses. There are lessons to be learned in both courses.
This week, Your First Commercial Pattern resumes class on Thursday, January 3rd.
January Fun things to do !!!!
On Sunday, January 20, 2013, the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Day Parade will be held on Harbor Drive, Embarcadero. This is just a reminder that you are invited to participate and walk with Continuing Education faculty, staff and students at the parade. We have an awesome float entry this year !!!! Come and support Continuing Education !!!
As I drove around and gave out flyers for my new Spring courses, I picked up 2 Threads Magazines. The back panel of Threads is ALWAYS a treat. In the December 2012/January 2013 edition, the 1930’s evening gown has the most wonderful SQUARE armscye. There is also an article on Sewing Habits. Here are some highlights: Balance tension through the feed dogs. Fit as you go. Increase your stitch length. Choose fabrics appropriate to the garment design. Get comfortable with hand sewing. Use the right scissors for the task. Make sure you mark your fabric with the pattern markings. Invest in quality. There is also a GREAT article on vintage details of suits. So awe inspiring. And don’t miss the article on Dior’s Couture Secrets!!!
In the February/March 2013 edition of Threads, I found 3 terrific articles plus the back panel. The back panel has a 1930’s orange dress that took advantage of the different ways one can use the grains on silk charmeuse. So the pieces stand out because they are all a slightly different shade of the same orange. They wrote an article about this dress starting on page 28. The bias cut dress was cut with 4 different grainlines. It is a terrific dress !!!!! The other articles I found, concerned Tailoring, Pattern Drafting and Seam Finishes.
And yes, I will bring the magazines to class this week, so that you can look at them.
I am hoping you all had a pleasant Christmas season, and wish you the best in the new year as well.
We are still hoping to find a qualified seamstress for our shop. If this person has previous experience we could most likely put them in our shop as a head/lead seamstress and paid accordingly. If there is a more recommended approach to finding such an employee please let me know. Again your assistance is always very much appreciated. Best regards, -lp
Hope all is well with you. I miss getting your midnight emails 🙂
I just wanted to let you know I had a call from a fellow that was looking for someone for a full time position working as a stitcher on industrial machines to create banners and other marketing items. Here is his contact info: Arthur 858 678 8909. The company is called ” Above All Advertising” and it is located in Mira Mesa. – Just thought I would throw that out there in the event you had a student looking for such a job opportunity.
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
Hiya….so in the proud vein of being one of your “black belt sewers”, I would love to share with you and your class my blog. You can find it at www.spinnerlady.wordpress.com Check out the historical costuming. Unbelievably gorgeous !!!!!
From: SewCal Gal [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:11 PM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject:
I released a blog post (http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2012/12/hugs-do-you-need-quilty-hug-or-know.html) to heighten awareness of some ways to help those impacted by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’m not sure if the fibre-arts community has heard about the call for snowflakes, but I wanted to share this with you. If you know of anyone that might be interested in this, please feel free to share.
The PTA for the Sandy Hook Elementary school has a call out for snowflakes (paper, fabric, machine embroidered, knitted, etc.). They want to decorate the school, for when the kids return in January. As such, I began to wonder if HP employees might be able to help? Some of those adhesive papers that cling to windows or walls could create some fun snowflake scenes to decorate the school.
I understand that these snowflakes need to be received by January 12, 2013. They can be sent to the PTA:
I hope you are more ready for the holiday season than I am. It seams that it is just creeping up so early. AND I am NOT ready…………………… Also remember: There is NO classes scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. Remember there is no classes from Monday through Friday, November 19 through the 23rd. Classes resume on Monday, November 26.
So much is happening !!!
This past weekend, we had a fandango field trip to Discount Fabrics on Morena Blvd. It was a great trip !!!! Everyone got their supplies and fabric for their projects. Remember to Preshrink your fabric and interfacing before class on Tuesday night !!!!!! You can’t cut until you do this. Six of us, went over to Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ for lunch after we finished up at Discount Fabrics. This place is just a kick !!!! I love the fact that they allow dogs on their patio. And the dogs are supplied with bones and water. It is very nice to see. Check them out at http://www.bullssmokinbbq.com/
First Commercial Pattern: Last week, was the first week of class. We learned how to read our pattern envelopes and choose the right size pattern. Last Thursday, we tried on our patterns and did just a bit of pattern fitting. Everyone who put their name on the board, was helped. A special Shout Out to the fit models who came down to be fitted!!!!!! This coming week, AFTER PRESHRINKING your FABRICS, we will lay out our patterns, all in a napped layout. Then you will be able to take your layout home to cut. I know this will take time to do. So on Thursday, we will practice TLC for the school’s machines. I will be teaching care, maintenance, threading of home straight stitch sewing machines and sergers. This will give you more time to cut your pattern pieces out at home. Our classroom just is NOT big enough for this to happen in. If you want to bring in your own sewing machines for the TLC class….this would be fine !!!!
Patternmaking Class: We worked on Blouse Style number 903 starting on page 233 of our text. We will finish this up next Wednesday, plus learn other ways to do the flounces. This Monday, the school was closed because of Veteran’s day. I do hope you all used the time to reflect on how much we owe the military for our safety. This coming Wednesday, we will also make a Torso block. So bring in the rest of your manila paper. The Torso block will be graded.
Some of my students from my other class, want to come and learn how to knockoff a finished garment. The dates this will occur on, are December 10 and December 12. You will need to bring a simple blouse or pants to knockoff. No jackets. Also bring your pencils, curves and rulers. You will also need a needle point tracing wheel. You can purchase this item at Central Sewing. Note, you will have to sign into the class to learn to do this, so bring your CSIDs (attendance) card.
Martha Rockford is selling three sewing machines and a sewing machine cabinet. The machines are not new. BUT they were all top of the line in their day. They are all Berninas.
From: Martha Rockwood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:19 AM
I am selling my Bernina 1630 – straight stitch/embroidery machine. I also have a Bernina Deco 500 and a Bernina Serger 2500. All are in great running condition. The 1630 has many attachments and I have some deco some cards. All this is part of the package. All three machines are in the whole bundle for $1,200.
I also have some Deco cards to go with the Deco. Some Cards I have never used. All machines are running and have been maintained by Brian at the Sew Hut.
The 3 machines go as a group. I will have them prepared for their new home by wed. next week. I also have a corner sewing desk for 300.00 more with the inserts for the 1630. and another spot for the serger. So someone for $1500 dollars has a whole sewing group. My phone number is 858-922-4306. You can also email me at mrockwood5647.
my price is firm. The machines are in good shape. The table is in good shape.
****************The following is a sewing job in San Diego:
2325 Marconi Court
San Diego, CA 92154-7241
Industry manufacturer of industrial and recreational fabrics for agricultural screening products, fence construction screening, truck tarps, overhead dispensers, pet protection screening, sports products, a full line of nursery fabrics and windscreens.
Full Time (40 Hr plus some Saturdays) Employee
Required Years of Experience
Minimum 1 Year
High School or equivalent
$8.00 – $10.00 /hour
Industrial Seamstress/Sewing Machine Operator
About the Job
**Seeking either an Experienced Industrial Sewing Machine Operator or an Experienced Home Sewing Machine Operator willing to learn to operate an Industrial Sewing Machine (not an automated sewing machine)***
Job Purpose / Summary:
Sews products together using synthetic bindings, heavy duty screening and tarp weight fabrics, and other durable materials using non-automated industrial sewing machines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Selects thread, according to specifications or color of project.
2. Aligns parts, fasteners, or trimmings, following seams, edges, or markings.
3. Able to work with long lengths of fabric 150 feet to 300 + feet at a time.
4. Familiar with basic threading and tension balancing of industrial straight needle machines.
5. Self-motivated quality production ethics.
6. Spanish/English bi-lingual a plus
7. Experience with Singer 300w, Juki LUH521, Juki LU563, Consew 339RBL-25 and Consew 339RBL-1 a hiring point.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Required Experience, Education, and Abilities:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :
· Stand, stoop, bend, kneel, walk, reach, lift and carry up to 40 lbs. on a regular and repetitive basis.
· Manipulate and sew fabric with manual and automatic devices.
· Read, interpret, understand, carry out, and communicate instructions both orally and in writing.
· Count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide in units of measure, common fractions, and decimals.
· Analyze and resolve problems in standardized situations.
· Look for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
· Follow policies and procedures; support organization’s goals and values.
· Meet productivity standards; complete work in timely manner; strive to increase productivity.
· Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly.
Production environment with exposure to moving mechanical parts and moderate noise. Shop is located very near the international boarder in a heavy industrial area and personal transportation is a must.
Resumes should be sent to Leo Persello at lpersello with the subject titled Seamstress Position.
I ran across this cookie recipe from NPR’s blog called The Salt. It sounds particularly wonderful.
Aunt Ida’s Poppy Seed Cookies
Our Aunt Ida baked this cookie for more than 60 years, to the delight of four generations of our family, transporting them to parties in covered tins. We baked these cookies and served them at Aunt Ida’s memorial gathering after her funeral since this recipe is part of her legacy. She always stored her poppy seeds in the freezer to keep them fresh.
Poppy seed cookies bring back memories of watching Dallas with Aunt Ida, the Brass Sisters say.
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup poppy seeds
1 cup peanut oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a 14 X 16-inch baking sheet with foil, shiny side up. Coat the foil with vegetable spray or use a silicone liner.
Sift together flour and baking powder; add poppy seeds.
Separately, whisk peanut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix to combine. Chill the dough in the refrigerator one hour, or until firm enough to handle.
With floured hands or wearing disposable gloves, break off teaspoon-size pieces of dough and roll into small balls. Place dough balls on baking sheet about 2 inches apart, or 12 cookies per sheet. Pat into circles with your fingers (rather than rolling or stamping). Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges. Let cookies cool 1 minute on baking sheet on rack and then transfer cookies to a rack. Cookies will become crisp as they cool.
Store between sheets of wax paper in a covered tin or freeze in a tightly sealed plastic bag or container.