Fandangos & Homework

Dear A-Team:

The first week of classes is full of new experiences, meeting new classmates, and getting used to the schedule. There is also homework. My courses are no different. The first few weeks are full of getting supplies, texts, and staying on top of the work requirements. I always hope that the A-Team emails help you by answering questions before they become an issue for you.

This past Saturday, we had our first fandango field trip. The word fandango in this case, means that you are not required to come. This instructor donates her time so that your first shopping experience will be a good one. If you can come, come. If you can’t , don’t. You are still required to get the supplies for the course. Do it when you can. Try Joanne’s or Wal-Mart. Sad to say, that Howard’s Bakery is closing. Their last day was Saturday, September 8. When I walked in, they didn’t have any coffee. I had no idea. Across the parking lot, at Yardage Town, Holly and Tania were terrific and helpful as usual. They made everyone feel at home !!!!! The group was small and we made it to Central Sewing around 11 AM. They sold us bobbins, Schmetz sewing machine needles, ½ size L-squares, & manila pattern paper. They also sell Babylock sewing machines and the fabulous Imagine serger. 4 of us, went on to lunch at a Texan Restaurant on the other side of highway 8. I know this is a great restaurant because all the police and border patrol people come here to eat.

Sewing Fundamentals: Portfolio Class:

The one thing that I thought was confusing at Yardage Town, was the buying of the hem tape. It came two ways: iron on and soft and easy. You need soft and easy. Iron on… NOT really permanent. The labeling is close. You need to see this. Check out the differences in the picture. The second picture is from outside my closest Michaels. These are clearance boxes that are really really nice. Great for your sewing portfolio !!!!! Make sure you preshrink your fabrics as we discussed in class before Tuesday. Did you order your text??? Check Amazon. You can also rent this from Amazon.

On Tuesday, we will straighten our grains, cut our fabric, fuse our interfacing, mark our darts, and other markings. On Thursday, we will have another TLC for the school’s machines. This time, we will use our straight stitch / zig-zag machines. This is the time, to bring your own sewing machine, if you sew desire.

Drafting and Flat Pattern Manipulation:

On Wednesday, someone in the class, and I apologize, I didn’t write down her name, had a fabulous idea. I recommended laminating the French curve set. She recommended tracing the curves out on some craft plastic. .007 thick. In this way, the curves would be clear. You can buy this stuff on Amazon. I don’t know if this will get to you quickly. BUT it is a great idea. On Monday, we will be measuring our ½ size dress forms for our master sloper patterns and cutting out our French curves. On Wednesday, we start: We will draft the front sloper on pattern paper. I will show you how to tape it and try it on your half size. Over the weekend, you had a lot to print and download from the blog. Bring your questions to Monday’s class. Did you order your text after last Wednesday’s class??? You can rent it at Amazon. You can even rent this from Amazon. I had 2 requests from last Wednesday’s class. Yes, I will have manila paper with me, so you can see what it is. And I put the 101 steps from design concept to Market on my USB.

The following are Links that will help you learn or make you laugh !!!!!!! Free leaf embroidery. Remember, if you do not own an embroidery machine, download the .PES format. More Free Embroideries. Start your collection now. I want to teach this next summer 2013. This video is a MUST SEE. It concerns “Advanced Styling.”

I took the following picture at Micheals. It is one of their boxes that WAS NOT on sale. I thought the entire theme of the box was motivating !!!!!!!

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

Make Money with your Skills !©


Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Welcome to Fall 2012

Dear A-Team:

News of the Day:

The Silk and Saffron 2013 Fashion Show will be on May 17, 2013.  We will be ready !!!!!  What fun !!!!!

Remember to subscribe to the blog in the right hand column, second from the end, for emails that will tell you that I have posted to the blog.  I can’t tell you how sorry I am, that I can NOT send you all out emails any more.  The blog will handle this from now on.   

You will have to check the blog on Monday Mornings from now on. I can no longer send out A-Team emails from my email to yours. Cox, ATT, and a lot of others feel that my emails are spam and will not them go through. It has to do the numbers of emails I send out at a time. I am approaching 1000. I understand the problem. I know I can hire an email service. I just don’t want to do this. It is easier, if you just go to the blog. Everything will be there. You will be able to download your syllabi, and handouts from the right hand column. I plan on writing the A-Team emails on Sunday nights. So Monday morning you just need to take a look to see what is happening.

Remember to subscribe to the blog in the right hand column, second from the end, for emails that will tell you that I have posted to the blog.  I can’t tell you how sorry I am, that I can NOT send you all out emails any more.  The blog will handle this from now on.       

For the Fall semester you will need to download and print from the right hand column:

Drafting and Flat Pattern Manipulation: The syllabus, the glossary, the French Curves, Measuring Master for Slopers, and the Classroom Etiquette. The Tech Pack is an excel Workbook. You will need to download this to your computer to work on it. Yes, it can print out. I will explain that in class. Remember to bring your USB to the first class.

Sewing Fundamentals Learn to Sew: Sewing Techniques Portfolio course: The Syllabus, the Portfolio Patterns, the Portfolio Instructions and the Classroom Etiquette.

Sewing Fundamentals Learn to Sew: Using your First Commercial Pattern: The Syllabus and the Classroom Etiquette. Remember that this course starts on November 6, 2012.

For your enjoyment I have included links and things I have found in the last 3 weeks of August. See you all this week in class !!!!!!!

1. A Sue Box Doily Freebie. If you do not own an embroidery machine, download this design in .pes format to start your collection…..

2. Following these simple steps can dramatically increase the chance of your home surviving a wildfire! Thank you for sending this to me, Debbie:

· Create a DEFENSIBLE SPACE of 100 feet around your home. The area closest to your home is the most important.

· Try to get 10 to 15 feet of spacing, both vertically and horizontally between shrubs, large plants, and trees. If you have 4 foot high brush underneath larger trees with limbs, limb up the tree at least 14 feet. Breaks like this in the vegetation help to slow down an advancing fire and gives firefighters a fighting chance.

· Plan your landscape to eliminate a continuous path of vegetation. Do not have any combustible fuel within three feet of your home.

· For landscaping purposes, use of irrigated fire resistant plants is encouraged. Green lawn, rock, stone, and other materials can be used to create an attractive and fire safe landscape.

· Clear all vegetation and other flammable materials from beneath your deck. Enclose undersides of elevated decks with fire resistant building materials, or with screen mesh with openings no greater than 1 /4 inch.

· Keep trees trimmed at least 10 feet from your chimney and trim all dead limbs hanging over your house or garage.

· Clean all needles and leaves from the roof, eaves, and rain gutters.

· Maintain your landscaping with regular watering and weeding to keep it fire safe. More than 1,700 structures are destroyed by wildfire each year. Don’t become a statistic.

Be Fire Safe! Contact your local fire department, or Fire Safe Council for tips and assistance.

3. Great closed captioned video for the Invisible zipper foot: Sewing Parts on Line is a great site for sewing machine parts.

4. This video is hysterical !!!! It could have only happened in Britain. Take a look !!!!!!

5. We are pleased to notify you our new digital edition of Stitches is available for online viewing. We hope you enjoy the interactivity and rich media features of your digital edition of Stitches.Start readingthe issue today!Featured this month:

6. BODITECTURE New way of designing clothing:

7. Chick on this LINK:600 year old bra The site has a short video on the subject.

Victoria’s Secret might get credit for reinventing the brassiere, but the earliest-known bras now date back to the Middle Ages, according to Austrian archeologists at the University of Innsbruck.

The university said Wednesday that it found four linen bras in an Austrian castle dating back to the 1400s, proving that women wore bras more than 600 years ago. It’s such a revolutionary find because fashion experts thought the modern-day bra was only about 100 years old after women became tired of tight corsets.

One specimen in particular “looks exactly like a [modern] brassiere,” Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, told The Associated Press. “These are amazing finds.”

Some of the ancient bras were intricately decorated with lace, suggesting that they were meant to be seen by someone else other than the person wearing it.

Although the linen garments were discovered in 2008, they did not make news until now, says Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery. Researchers said the bras underwent carbon dating and they had to make sure the look of the bras fit with the 1400s.

“We didn’t believe it ourselves,” Nutz said. “From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century.”

Among the more than 2,700 textile fragments that were found in the Lemberg Castle in Tyrol was a linen undergarment that looks like a pair of panties. Nutz said it is men’s underwear because women did not wear anything under their flowing skirts in the Middle Ages.

Women started experimenting with bra-like garments in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until when the modern-day brassier was invented by Mary Phelps Jacob, who received a patent for her bra in 1914.

8. Thank you for sending me the following job posting, Alex:

I took the sewing fundamentals class with you last year and learned SO MUCH! Anyhow, that’s not why I’m emailing…I heard about a job posting that I thought you might want to share with your “A” team:

San Diego Opera is looking for a Costume Assistant for the upcoming 2013 season (mid-December through April). The position is hourly with some overtime. Hours will vary depending on production schedule. Some weekend and evening work will be required.
The ideal candidate will have some experience with theatrical costumes or the fashion industry. The candidate must be a skilled computer user and know the Microsoft office suite. Expertise with Filemaker is a plus.
The position will report to the Costume Department Supervisor and work directly with her as well as with other production departments. If you are interested in learning and advancing your career in costumes and would enjoy working in a fast paced, exciting, and creative environment, please send your resume and references to Production Manager joan.foster

9. Paradise Sewing is having a moving sale, so if you live in North County, pay Jinny Hoffman a visit before September 15th.

10. The San Diego Quilt Show – Sept 13,14, 15

San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

For more information go to:

Remember to subscribe to the blog in the right hand column, second from the end, for emails that will tell you that I have posted to the blog.  I can’t tell you how sorry I am, that I can NOT send you all out emails any more.  The blog will handle this from now on.       

Make Money with your Skills !©


Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244