Silk and Saffron II

Hello A-Team !!!!

Such excitement !!!! The West City Campus annual Silk and Saffron II Fashion and Culinary Show will be on Friday, May 17th, from 4 to 7 PM. What fun !!!! You will be able to show the world how much you have learned !!!!! If you were in the Portfolio course, we will be displaying portfolios. Let me know if you will allow me to display your shoe box !!!! We will also display completed dress forms. We will be modeling draped dresses and PJs. What fun !!!!!

I also want to let you know that I got the flyers for the summer courses !!!!  You can print the PDFs from the right side column.  In the coming weeks, I will get the syllabi up on the blog.  But for now, here they are:

The Courses:

Draping: We started working on our draped dresses this week. We are going to continue working on them, through May 15th…… May 17th is the Fashion Show !!!!

First Pattern: The prep work is done and the sewing has begun. Remember that you need to press and fit (try on your PJs) as you sew. Remember commandment #14: Thy iron is they friend. AND sewing commandment #13 says a lot: Seam lines are second chances for perfect fit.

A few Incredible Links to keep you on your toes:

http://www.thekitchn.com/no-more-soggy-salad-a-guide-to-the-perfect-salad-in-a-jar-186104 No more Soggy Salads: A Guide to the Perfect Salad in a Jar. Thank you Faye for submitting this. What a GREAT idea !!!!

Here is a link to a video where you can learn how to use triangular quilting rulers: www.fonsandporter.com/trirecs

http://www.ageless-embroidery.com/fontinprogress.html You can pick up a complete exquisite alphabet font – free from Ageless embroidery. You need to do it soon. The set will go on sale on May 1st. Remember, if you don’t have an embroidery machine, pick up this font in the PES format. The format is just about universal.

Check out these Sewing Bee videos from Great Britain!!!! Thank you Rita for submitting this !!!!!! Move over Project Runway !!!! Even though the videos are long, they are worth watching. You will learn SO much. The critiques are much more positive. They are judging the sewer’s skill !!!! Very Refreshing. AND OF COURSE…..I LOVE THE TROPHY !!!!!! Simple and worth all the work !!!!!!!

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Final Episode 4:

See U all in class this 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

Yes, There IS Class This Week

Hi A-Team:

YES….THERE IS CLASS THIS WEEK. SPRING BREAK STARTS SATURDAY, MARCH 23 THROUGH MARCH 30TH.

My computer is finally up and running. The slowdown was caused by 2 Avast add-on programs. Now that the Sandbox and Webrep were removed, I have my memory back and the computer moves the way it is supposed to…..FAST !!!!! Thanks for your patience. I think I have caught up with all my emails. I think………

Now I want to broach a serious subject: Accidents. They do happen. This one caused me to remove the “semester sign” from the wall. We can start counting semesters again, next Fall. Read the following. And I sincerely thank my student for sharing this with us!!!!!! At the bottom of the email, before I go into what is happening in the classroom, I have included pictures of ways to avoid this. Note: the idea was NOT mine. There was a student in one of my previous courses that thought of this.

From: A Student of Mine
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:47 AM
To: Joan McKenna
Subject: Re: Puppy update

Hi Joan,
Sami is 13 months old, past losing her baby teeth, but she is a chewer, and likes to have something in her mouth. We have several toys (stuffed creatures, nylabones, and real antlers) for her scattered around the floor so she doesn’t find the furniture or shoes to be more attractive to chew on. She finds a stick on her walk and will carry it throughout, and leave it on our doorstep til next time. We used to have ropes AKA “tug toys” around for her, but she gnaws on the loose threads and shreds the ropes. Any toy that has a loose thread is a goner, because that is the weak point of the toy. She will chew on that thread, and within minutes the toy is in pieces. In hindsight, that tomato must have seemed to Sami to be “the perfect toy”.

When I found her near the tomato, there were about 6 pins scattered about. Some were bent. This was my “old tomato” that I’d had since I started sewing, and it had little silk pins (like my mom used) in it. I didn’t know how many were on the tomato. She had a needle & thread in her mouth, the needle was dangling toward the floor, as if she’d pulled on the thread, and the needle just came along for the ride. I couldn’t tell if she had eaten more. She didn’t seem to be in pain. There was just a subtle sense that her usual contentedness wasn’t there, though I wasn’t sure if I was reading too much into her actions. She behaves the same way if she gets into something she knows she shouldn’t (such as digging up plants in the garden). I just took her in because I didn’t know, and that an x-ray is worth the cost for peace of mind. I’m thankful that I did, because as it turns out, she had a pin sitting in her stomach, which was relatively easy to get at, and will heal more easily that if it had continued on to her intestines. The other concern would be that it can perforate the lining and travel around in the body. Blech. In my brief Google search before taking her, I saw dogs with a dozen pins in them, all along the digestive tract. That was what I was imagining for her. When I saw her x-ray, I was thinking “All this for one pin!!” Anyway, I’m happy to share this info, if it can help save other pets and babies. It’s a $1200 lesson, but hopefully Sami will come out of it okay.  See Pin in Sami's Tummy                      image0021

Sami did well in surgery, will be staying overnight, and will hopefully be back home with us tomorrow afternoon. The other day Sami seemed interested in the “tomato”, and
I thought it was because it looked like a chew toy. I found out today that it is filled with sawdust!!! It probably seemed nearly irresistible to her with loose threads & wood scent!!
Thought you might want to share this with your class…
Thanks!Here is the fix:

B.A.           C.B.                  A.C.

A. This container if for half used onions tht need to be stored in the refrigerator.
B. This container stores tomatoes.

C.  C.This box is an old floppy disk box.

The Classes:

Draping: We are in the final fitting process of the dress form slipcovers. We had one student who started padding her dress form, last week. This coming week, is the final week of fittings. Don’t forget to get a fellow student to mark your soutache braid lines. Over the break, you will need to pad your dress forms. April 1, is when I start teaching how to drape. You will need your text book and all the other supplies asterick’d (*) in your syllabus supply list. You have a few weeks to finish your arm. It would help, if you could zig-zag some of the soutache braid on, before you pad your dress form. Remember the order for padding your dress form. I demo’d the process: Sew the slipcover with default stitching. Cut all seam allowances to ¾ of an inch. Clip all seams one inch apart. The form, should be set about 1 inch smaller than your measurements. Try the slip cover on the form. See where you need to pad. Measure, cut and sew your bottom drawstring pull. Pad the form. Put on the bra. Stuff the key for the form, inside the bra. Put on the cleaner’s plastic covers so you can easily slip your slipcovers on. Check your bust, waist and hip tolerances: Should be within ½ to 1 inch. You will probably need to adjust your soutache braid once the slip cover is on the form. Now is the time to cover your armholes and neck edge. Finish your soutache braid application. Finish your arm.

Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we finished our collar insertion and learned all about pleats and how to personalize them. Last Thursday, we practiced V-necklines, and learned how to read a pattern envelope by seeing a power point presentation. This coming week, we will be learning how to sew on closures, buttons, snaps, sequins, beads,patches and hooks and eyes. On Thursday, we ill be learning how to deal with patch pockets.

Free Embroidery Design Links:

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx      EMI freebie !!!!

http://www.hatchedinafrica.com/detail.aspx?id=2503    St. Patrick’s Day set.

http://www.embroiderthis.com/vadayfrde.html    Valentine’s Day Designs.

See you all in class this 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

Forging Ahead !!!!

Attention A-Team:

I know, the lessons are getting harder. Realize that every class builds upon the other. One of the definitions of “forging” is to advance gradually and steadily. You can also forge quickly and suddenly. The outcomes are till the same: Everything comes together in the end. Trust me. Six months from today, the lessons will sink in, as you begin to use the techniques in your everyday sewing.

 

I didn’t have a chance to read all the evaluations, yet. Thank you all for filling them out !!!!!

 

Good Stuff Happening THIS Week!!!!

Next Tuesday night, March 5th, Central Sewing is coming to demo the amazing feet for the Imagine and the Evolution. If you want to be there, you will need to sign into this course. There is plenty of space. The demonstration/lecture will start around 7 PM. This will give the Rupleys time to close up shop and grab a bite, before they come. If you were thinking about these sergers, this is the time to come and see what else they can do. I can do everything listed on the “cheat sheets” but when it comes to the accessory feet…..I am in awe !!!! Kudos goes to Jewel for bringing in her Evolution for the demonstration.

 

The Courses:

Draping on Body Doubles: Last week and this week, we continue with our slipcover fittings. Some of the students are ready to start the final fittings on the right side of the slipcovers. The next step will be to sew on our soutache braid. I sewed mine on by hand. BUT…last class, someone sewed it on by machine. I LOVE this technique! Within the next 2 weeks, we will be padding out our dress forms and putting our personally fitted slipcovers permanently on. Our arms will be completed, too. If some of you, want to attend this class, just to learn how to drape, you can easily slip in here. You can learn on the school’s full size dress forms. I can also bring in a couple ½ size dress forms, if you would like to learn on these. Just let me know.

The Sewing Techniques Portfolio: Last Tuesday, we learned the Corded seam, the Curved seam, the Flat Felled seam, and the Inset Right hand corner. Last Thursday, was tough. We learned how to control fullness six ways: Elastic waist casing with Ban Roll Elastic, Eased sleeve caps 2 ways, Ruffle cuff, classic Straight Stitch Rolled hem, Sleeve Insertion without puckers and tucks. It was a lot to take in. Remember….all these techniques are MUCH easier when you do them full size instead of ½ size. Next Tuesday, you will see and experience 3 different seams on the Imagine serger and one on the Evolve. (The Evolve, is the older model of the Evolution.) You will get to compare the 4-thread seam, the 3 thread seam, and the rolled hem. On the Evolve, you will see and understand what the cover stitch is. After you do all of this, the Rupleys will come and show you the rest. Make sure you have paper and pen for notes. Next Thursday, we will learn all about darts. We will also make up a collar and insert it in our ½ size bodice.

 

Links & More:

Free Embroideries

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/newsletter/20130304.html Gorgeous Religious Easter Embroidery. If you do not own an embroidery machine; always get your free embroideries in the .pes format – IF given the choice.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/newsletter.aspx Urban Threads has a cute Sasquatch design to grab.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=b8tdhpdab&v=001cHaZO6NvI5UCEFoYx8ZOAnNIqJQDzuX6TvujbLCri8P85EByE2KQOx8PAWHtx6x_sJVvZp2tiQilG69-opGdxOGGek851f6N68-_yhPgWvE%3D There is a cute monster at the bottom of the page. If you go into JuJu Designs, there are a bunch of freebies there.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/how-to-use-the-tape-stitching-foot/ This video is for you, Nancy. This foot is BETTER than the metal Binder foot that I bought for my machine. Be sure to check out the other videos concerning feet on the right hand side of the video.

 

Good Bra Fitting Tips

This article is from the Bra Makers Supply Newsletter.

THE CUPS

  • should fit all the way around each breast
  • should not have flesh bulging out anywhere
  • should keep the breast inside the cup
  • should support the breast comfortably
  • should not allow any skin to rub against skin
  • should not need to be padded in order to support well

THE WIRES

  • should encircle the breast mound completely
  • should not poke, pull or protrude
  • should not hurt to wear

THE BAND

  • should hold the cups in place without being too tight
  • should not ride up at the back
  • should be snug enough to engage tension on elastic
  • should not roll up, or dig into the rib cage
  • should sit on or very nearly on the breastbone

THE STRAPS

  • should not be digging into the shoulders
  • should not fall off the shoulders
  • should hold the breasts at a comfortable height
  • should not support the weight of the breasts

See you all in class this 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

Truth in the Pine Sol Commercials

Check out the shoe bottoms
Check out the shoe bottoms

Hello A-Team:

So I keep seeing that Pine Sol commercial where the lady is wearing shoes that clean her floor. And I keep thinking HOW do they dream these things up????????????

I found the following @ Wal-Mart. I just could NOT believe it !!

 

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My pick for the best dressed at the Oscars 2013.

A note about Cleaning Irons. An iron with rough or sticky spots on its surface can be cleaned by running it, set at low, over a piece of paper with salt on it. This household hint was from the SALT Helpful Household Hints Book. Sometimes, you can get these books through Publisher’s Clearing House. And you can also enter their sweepstakes……………

Last Monday was President’s day. School was not in session. Oh yes, here is another date to mark on your calendar. The REAL Columbus Day is October 12, 1492. Thank you, for submitting this, Selenia. I received the following from Margy. Here is the truth about what happened to the US calendar. She remembered.

I knew Lincoln and Washington and Martin Luther and Cesar Chavez. Back in the late sixties they changed some of the holidays to be Monday and Fridays, to encourage people to travel and see more of the US. Now that gas is so high no one can afford to travel and so we all just get 3 day weekends. It is also cheaper for companies to turn off heat and air conditioners for 3 days rather that one day and turn everything back on for another today of work and off again. Of course we cannot change the 4th of July, or Christmas and New Year’s, or Thanksgiving (set by congress), and few others set by congress. So as you said Mark the Calendar with the correct Date and celebrate, and enjoy 3 day weekend.

Remember to sign up with Sew Pro’s for their annual bus trip to the LA Garment District and M & L Fabrics. Call Rosemary or Deanna at Clairemont for bus details: 858-270-4700.

What’s Happing in the Courses:

Draping: We only met last Wednesday. We are in the process of fitting our dress form slipcovers. This means, use ONLY basting stitches. If you don’t; UNSEWING for changes will be tough. Remember to always wear the bra you will be using on your dress form for the fittings. Remember to work on your arm, too. Angel went to the lecture at Mesa: Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Star Reality Show. She told us all that she learned a lot !!!!! This week, we will concentrate on the fittings. Next week, we should be ready to start padding out our dress forms…….

Here is a great article concerning Vintage Soutache Braid. We’re going to put this on our dress forms……… http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29739/a-vintage-blouse-embellished-with-soutache-braid/page/all

Portfolio Class: Last Week we learned all about seam finishes and 3 seams: the slot, classic French seam, and the serged French variation. There was also free time to catch up during Thursday’s class. Being that only 6 people stayed, I am assuming everyone is all caught up with their cutting, fusing, serging, tracing and marking. Prep work really is a lot of fun!!!!! It makes sewing so much easier. This week, we will learn 4 more seams and how to control fullness. These lessons will make it easier for you to read a pattern guide, which you will have to do when you use ‘Your First Commercial Pattern,’ starting April 11.

Links and More: Commandment #XVIII Expose Thyself to Historical and Technical Sewn Product Inspiration.

The following 2 links are from Kris. These sites are DYNAMITE costuming sites. Thank you Kris !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.cosprop.com http://www.bowers.org/index.php/learn/cut_costume_and_the_cinema

This link is from John. It will give you insight into today’s fashion designers: http://showstudio.com/collections/page:1 Real-time reportage and analysis from fashion’s most influential Collections. Thank you, John !!!!!

http://www.ageless-embroidery.com/freedesigns.html

Found a GREAT new site to buy Quilting Fabric: www.thousandsofbolts.com .

The Latest Digital Stitches Magazine: http://www.stitches-digital.com/publication/frame.php?i=147184&p=&pn=&ver=flex

Embroidery Tip from Master Deborah Jones:

Normally, the needle type used for sewing a particular fabric crosses over to embroidering that fabric.
For instance, you sew a knit with a ball point needle and you embroider a knit with a ball point needle.
Do you know the two instances when the proper needle for sewing a particular material is not the proper needle
to embroider that fabric?

The two materials are satin and leather.
Satin is sewn with a sharp point needle, but in embroidery, there are many needle penetrations in a close proximity.
This concentration of stitches delivered by a sharp point needle can cut the floating threads on satin fabrics.
A light ball point should be used for embroidery on satin. A small blade size such as 70/10 is ideal for this lightweight fabric.

Leather is usually sewn with a “chisel”, “wedge” or “narrow wedge” needle point. These needles, also called “leather needles”,
were developed with cutting points to help make a very straight seam.
But even the needle manufacturer will tell you that these cutting point needles should NEVER be used for embroidery.
They cut your leather because of the concentration of stitches as compared to a seam. They can also cut any previously applied embroidery stitches.
For example, if you apply lettering over a fill, the stitches in the fill would be cut by the cutting points when the lettering is applied.
The best needle point for garment leather is a light ball point. It punches out a nice round hole with enough room for the thread to exit without breaking. Very thin or fragile leather should be embroidered with a sharp point needle.

See you all in class this 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

Final Week of Fall 2012

Dear A-Team:

There were no classes on Monday, Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Hope you all went to the parade to support your fellow students. It is always fun to do and the weather was just perfect today. It is always sad for me when a course comes to an end.

Drafting and Flat Patternmaking has only one final class this coming week on Wednesday. I need to take pictures of your patterns and final sample dress.

In Using your First Commercial Pattern, some of you finished your PJs and already have started your second project. If you complete your second project, and I take a picture of it, I will give you 5 extra credit points.

Starting January 30th, 2013 is Draping on Body Doubles. The syllabus and all other downloads you need for this course, are all in the right hand column of the blog.

Starting January 31st, 2013 is Sewing Techniques Portfolio. Everything you need is in the right hand column of the blog. BUT NOTE: there are changes to the patterns and instructions. I will have handouts for you on the first day of class. There is also some supply changes. Bring paper to take notes.

February 2nd, 2013, we have a field trip to El Cajon Yardage Town and Central Sewing. Yardage Town to get your fabrics for the Portfolio and Denim for your dress form cover. And Central Sewing to purchase your dress forms, sewing machine bobbins, and Schmetz needles.

Interesting Links to Share:

http://embroideryonline.com/ProjectDetails.aspx?pid=113&ppid=7 PDF article: Multihooping Floral Embroidery on Skirts.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/free.aspx GREAT freebie Embroidery Design. Remember, if you don’t have a machine, get the design in .PES format.

http://link.realage-mail.com/YesConnect/HtmlMessagePreview?a=PC0nf-scbRqV8RkNqoM3GNgW Real Age Tips of the Week.

http://wt.dlisys.com/nancysnotions/NN121397.asp?e=mckenna@gothere.com&src=&x1= Free Nancy’s Notions EASY Quilt Pattern. There is also a video to watch.

See you all in class this 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

XVI Mastery Cometh Through Experience

Hello A-Team !!!!!

These final weeks of class, are all about using the knowledge that you have gained all semester. Go for it !!!! Show me how much you learned !!!!

Upcoming event:

Please Join Us!

Note: I will be bringing to class your hours up to January 10th. Since this is about half your grade….ask me what it is. Remember: Below 30 hours, the rule is not to give a grade. 30 hours gives you an incomplete. 80% of the hours listed for the course gives you a C or better, if you complete your project(s).

Drafting and Flat Patternmaking: We are in the midst of making our final patterns. They should be completed this week. Then you have about a week and a half to make up a sample garment. How Exciting !!!!! I am ready with my cell phone camera !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Using Your First Commercial Pattern: Last week, I demoed sleeve input, elastic waistband insertion, collars, and buttonholes. Five students have finished their PJs. I have pictures. One student made “PJs” for her cat! She even took pictures of her cat. They are moving on, to their second project.

The only demo that didn’t go as planned was buttonholes. I couldn’t figure out why. As an instructor, I wanted to make this easy for you. So over the weekend, I Googled it. I discovered that flannel and fleece buttonholes were troublesome for a lot of sewers. The following is what I found. Next week, I will demo buttonholes again and they will go better.

http://makezine.com/craft/101/sewing101_buttonholes/

Tip: Always do a couple of practice buttonholes on a scrap of the fabric you will be using. Some fabrics, like knits or flannel, are kind of spongy and don’t feed as easily. You may need a longer stitch length on these. If your fabric is stretchy or slippery, you can stabilize it with a little fusible interfacing on the wrong side before stitching your buttonhole. Once you’ve done a practice one, cut it open and make sure that your button goes through easily.

Now perhaps you’d like to adjust the stitching on your buttonhole. The buttonhole on the left has a longer stitch length of almost 1mm while the buttonhole on the right has a very short stitch length of .25mm. While a shorter stitch looks nice, be aware that some fabrics don’t feed as easily and they may jam when the stitch length is too short. So always do a couple of practice buttonholes on a scrap of your fabric.

http://www.etsy.com/teams/8283/just-sewing/discuss/11144379/page/2

Try turning your fabric around and making the buttonhole the opposite way. This might help you avoid the seam unevenness. I do it this way when making buttonholes at the top of a line dresses, boys jonjons, etc. and the layers of fabric are too thick. Normally you would start at the top, but mark the length and start at the bottom of the buttonhole. Sometimes it works:)

Links:

www.maxantbuttonandsupply.com Ever need to cover buttons or belts? This is the place to go!!!!

http://britexfabrics.cmail5.com/t/ViewEmail/r/7DAB885FCDC1E4CD/20E7279942C142F2D3AB5F5EEC5F0895 Britex Blog and Sale This place is NOT to be missed when you travel to San Francisco.

http://links.mkt1150.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MTQxMDI5NTES1&r=MjkyMjMyMjI4NTAS1&j=MjEwMDU2NjI4S0&mt=1&rt=0 Cat Channel Newsletter.

http://www.scabal.com/mailings/070113_con_2.htm Scabal: a passion for cloth.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/29042/how-to-edgestitch-and-topstitch-a-collar-lapel/page/3 How to Edgestitch and Topstitch a Collar Lapel

http://link.realage-mail.com/YesConnect/HtmlMessagePreview?a=Oi0sTescbRqV8RkNqoMwesx2 RealAge Health Videos. I haven’t seen ALL the videos. Weigh in on the ones you like the most.

See you all in class!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!

Dear A-Team:

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.

Links:

http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=90600&item=198974985&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b-pop_ttl-hdp&ut=1-nS-91YiW5BA1 Career Opportunities in Various Fields

Hello Joan,

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

Hi Joan,

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.

Take care,

Gwen

Gwen Couture
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
(858)454-8599

http://www.abc-free-machine-embroidery-designs.com/archive/ Free machine embroidery designs

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f8c95083dae7cbbbdc4d7ab5f&id=01d010a87b&e=aa6f2dee5f Bold Color Sewing Machine rolling tote bags

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 !!!!!

On a more serious note:

http://lindeegembroidery.com/sandy-hook-what-can-we-do/ The Sandy Hook Snowflake

From: SewCal Gal [mailto:sewcalgal@live.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:

Connecticut PTA

60 Connolly Parkway

Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

Here is a link to the PTA website with more info: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3459

Best Regards,

SewCalGal

www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

See you all next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

One More Exciting Week before Winter Break

Dear A-Team:

Hope some of you went to the meeting: Coffee with Cops. It was held in the West City Center Main Lobby on Thursday, Dec 6th @ noon. I heard it was very informational. If you are interested in an embroidery course this summer 2013, send me an email. The more students that show interest, the easier it will be for me to hold the course. At the bottom of this email, I have copied the story of Mistletoe that I found in a local sales catalog. It’s quite the story!! You need to file this story under “I Never Knew that Before !!!!” Plus I have added 2 more informational tidbits about this season. Read on down !!!!!!!

Now for the classes:

Flat Patternmaking:  Last week, we finished flat patterning the raglan sleeve blouse with the convertible collar. We also had a catch up day to turn in all the flat patterns we made thus far for a grading. I called this a Portfolio of work, but, I LOVED all the shoeboxes. Next week, we are going to learn another way to make a pattern. I am going to teach how to do a knockoff of a finished garment. There are actually 4 ways to do this. We will talk about 3 of them and do the 4th. Come prepared to work on Monday and Wednesday night. The lesson will start @ 6 PM. Don’t push to come from work. Be safe. Remember your croqui picture(s) are due on Wednesday for your final project. Here is a list of the things you need to bring on Monday night.

1.  You can either choose one blouse or shirt with sleeves or one pair of jeans.

2.  Needle point tracing wheel, if you don’t have one. I have T-pins I can give you.

3.  Cardboard cutting board, if you have one. OR a large piece of corrugated cardboard. (We cannot damage the tables)

4.  Pencils and pens.

5.  Rulers.

6.  Sewing kit with paper scissors and straight pins.

7.  And I always like to have a religious object hanging around to help with the process. (I have seen beautiful angels, small bibles, dreidels, and quite a few hands of God.

Using your First Commercial Pattern: We are now making our garments according to our pattern guides. AND as you have discovered, the guides leave a lot for you to know that they don’t tell you. Thanks why I am here. As a sewing operation comes up that you don’t know….just ask Joanie! She will show you how with some little tricks and tips. Last Thursday, I showed how to put in set-in sleeves. This Tuesday, I think some of you will be ready for me to show you how to put in an elastic waistband.

It’s a Tradition to Kiss under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that attacks and grows on a variety of healthy plants, most frequently trees. It is most commonly known culturally as the cute little plant that we hang in the doorway and traditionally kiss beneath around the holiday season. Yet, with such a bad rap in botany, why do we celebrate the plant and share an intimate moment beneath it around Christmastime?

In ancient Europe, nature was religiously revered as a gift from God. It was often incorporated into religious holidays and observances. Because mistletoe is an evergreen plant, it was believed to have mystical properties and was commonly hung in doorways for protection.

The tradition of kissing beneath mistletoe began in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies. It was believed that mistletoe could heal illness, protect against nightmares, and even provide fertility. In the 18th and 19th centuries, kissing beneath mistletoe became a widespread tradition maintained around the superstition that women kissed beneath the plant would be married, become fertile, and bear many children.

Although kissing beneath mistletoe is not taken so seriously anymore, we still participate in the ancient tradition during the holiday season. So the next time you are feeling a little daring during the holidays, hand a sprig of mistletoe in a doorway. Pucker up and kiss the one standing beneath it to continue on the tradition.

Adam Sandler’s The Hannukah Song

Put on your yamukah
Here comes Hannukah
So much funnukah
To celebrate Hannukah

Hannukah is: the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States (and more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.[1] It is ideological, with seven core principles (Nguzo Saba): Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

For more go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

I would LOVE to post other Holiday traditions. If you know any, let me know.

Until then……Have a GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON !!!!!! HO! HO! HO!

Make Money with your Skills ! ©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

Leave Time for Personal Growth

Dear A-Team:

I know that this is a very busy time of year. There is lots of shopping and baking to do. Take time for yourself. Come to class !!!!! These weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are filled with instruction and learning. I updated the blog’s right hand column with the flyers for Spring 2013. Check it out !!!! Hope to see you in my Spring courses !!!! Also, there is a flyer from the Campus Police Department concerning Personal Safety at the West City Campus. I made the flyer printable. Print, Read and Be Aware.

This coming Thursday, the college police will have an open “Coffee with Cops” event. It will be at West City Center. The main Lobby. Thursday December 6, 2012. 12PM – 1:30 PM. Go and talk with them. They are here to protect us. The meeting will have an informal format, designed to be informative regarding public safety and quality of life issues that impact our campus. All Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome.

The Classes:

Flat Patternmaking: Last week we finished up our Torso slopers, graded them, and started the Raglan Sleeve with Convertible Collar pattern. We will finish this up on Monday. Next Wednesday, December 5th, your patternmaking portfolios are due. We will spend the whole class getting your shoe boxes ready for grading. Of course, I will take pictures of all of you with your portfolio. I am SO excited to do this !!!! The following week, the week before Winter Break, we will be learning and doing completed garment knockoffs. This is great to know how to do. You never know when you will want to knockoff a favorite pair of pants or blouse.

Your First Commercial Pattern: Last Tuesday, we learned some new words: encased and enclosed seams. These seams will not ravel because they are enclosed. They do not need to be finished. Just sew them up. We also learned how to fuse our fusible interfacing to our fashion fabric. Remember, to fuse to the wrong side of your facings and under collar. We also serged with a 4-thread serger or by using decorative stitches on your straight stitch sewing machine all the seams that are open and will ravel. Last Thursday, we marked our fabric with all the necessary pattern markings. You also had a chance to embroider your pockets. I was surprised at how much you loved doing the computerized machine embroideries. I would like to teach you more about computerized machine embroideries next summer, 2013. If you are interested in this, sign up for the class. If I get enough student signups, I will be able to teach it. Also……….YOU have got to remember to clean up your area before you leave. It isn’t fair for 1 or 2 people to clean the whole room. I have cleaner for the tables and I have 2 brooms with dust pans.

Next week, we have course evaluations and it’s time to start following your pattern guide. I will always be near to answer questions and help with technique.

Due to the fact that you LOVED embroidering so much…

Every Link following will lead you to free embroideries… (There is also a job posting)

Remember, if you are given a choice, choose the .PES format. This is the most universal format for home embroidery machines.

http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/freedesign.html bobbin lace square that can be turned into a Christmas Ornament.

Appliqué Alphabet called Lombardi. Now Available “X, Y, Z.” http://www.skeldalehouse.com This ends the Lombardi alphabet. If you missed some, you can buy the missing letters for $5 apiece.

https://www.starbirdstockdesigns.com/asp_pages/catalog.asp?PRD=19573&PCA=0 Christmas bell.

http://apexembdesigns.com/master-circle-embroidery-font Apex 3-Letter Master Monogram font. Add this to your cart. You get 3 different sizes for the monograms.

Hi Joan,

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.

Take care,

Gwen

Gwen Couture
5745 La Jolla Boulevard
(858)454-8599

See you all next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244

The 2012 Holiday Season is FAST Approaching !!!!

Hello A-Team:

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:mrockwood5647@gmail.com]
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.

Martha

****************The following is a sewing job in San Diego:

Job Summary

Location

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.

Job Type

Full Time (40 Hr plus some Saturdays) Employee

Required Years of Experience

Minimum 1 Year

Education Level

High School or equivalent

Career Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Salary

$8.​00 – $10.​00 /​hour

Position

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.

Work Environment:

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

3 eggs

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.

Yield: 60 cookies

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

Make Money with your Skills !©

Sincerely,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244