There is Nothing so Stable as Change. Bob Dylan

Cats Playing in a BandHello A-Team !!!!

I love this photo that was obviously photoshoped.  There is just something about a parade of furry children.  Today, while I was on the computer, I watched a program with dog land races, dog jumpers, and dog surfers.  There was more life guards, camera men, and people then there were dogs.   NO one was getting hurt.  Commandment #11:  Safety First !!!!!!  I LOVED it.  Great working background.  I just could not help myself from watching and laughing.  The trainers spoke about their athletic pooches just like they spoke about the Olympians in Rio.  What fun !!!!

The classes this week:

Draping:  On Monday, we still need to go over the patternmaking glossary.  I will be taking personal croqui pictures and you (in sets of 3) will be taking measurements to make a computer pattern for your dressform slip cover.   Remember to wear leggings, your sacrificial bra and a tight t-shirt.  A tank top is even better.  There is a supply list that you need for this day, written in your syllabus.  Bring everything you need.  Have you bought your 48 inch zipper, yet???????   I hope Amy has come up with a simple device for theft control.  I am worried, that if you leave your dressform in the stock room, it may disappear.

Upcycling:  By Tuesday, you know your textile presentation fabric name.  Hopefully, you have started your research.  This week, you will be cutting your fabric samples for your Sewing Operations Portfolio.  Maybe, some of you, have 2 or 3 garments that you are deciding on how to combine for our upcycling project.  We will also be burning fabric to learn some fabric identification techniques.  You will be surprised !!!!  There is more synthetics out there, than natural fiber fabrics.  Next week, we will start our Textile Presentations.  Yes, I bought a copy of Daddy’s Ties.  It should be here, by Tuesday.

Flat Pattern Manipulation:  Some of you feel that it is a requirement to buy a half scale dress form.   IT IS NOT !!!!!  Unless….you really want to.  My courses are expensive enough without adding anything to them.  This week, we will finish walking off and truing our first pattern slopers.  Then we will cut our 5 piece muslin toile sloper to adjust the fit of our patterns, one last time.   You will be adding 3/8 inch seam allowances to the fabric.  This sample is a full sample.  Both right and left sides.  Do not put a zipper in it.  It is just a fitting sloper sample.  Just leave the back open.  Your 3/8 inch seam allowance will hold straight pins – just fine.  Remember to bring your sewing kit so that you can sew it up.

Sewing Fundamentals 1:  You are to come to class with your fabric cut on grain from your Sewing Techniques Portfolio Patterns.  Today, we will continue cutting our interfacings.  If you had trouble cutting your knit samples, we can go over this in class, again.  Knits are slippery to work with.  We will also learn how to fuse interfacing to our fashion fabric, have our first lesson on sergers, and be introduced to simple marking techniques.  So far, no decision has been made concerning this course.  I know my class size is very low.  Perhaps I will have more news for you during class.  

Links and Things:

Here is a link from Maureen concerning sewing machine purchases.  It is entitled:  Too Much Information (Updated.)  The article is very very good.   Thank you Maureen.

Some of you may have heard that there is a wild professional growth tour in March 2017.  The link is from Maureen.  If you want to go, your deposit needs to be in before September 30th, 2016.   Again, Thank you, Maureen.  The name of the tour is Mrs. Weaver’s European Lingerie Tour.   Check this out !!!!!  I have asked my Dean, if I can have time off for this Once in a Lifetime Professional Growth Experience.

Here is the Job Posting email from Gariela.

From: Gabriela Rubio [gabriela@alexiamaria.com]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 3:09 PM
To: Jeanne Reith; Joan McKenna
Subject: ALEXIA MARIA JOB POSITIONS

Hello,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Gabriela and I am the brand manager at Alexia Maria. Alexia Maria is a high-end women’s wear brand. Our collections mainly consist of formal pieces such as silk faille gowns and dresses. Our flagship store is located here in San Diego as well as our atelier where we design and make all of our pieces. We are currently looking for pattern makers and sample makers. I would like to know if you have any students or alumni that are interested or that you would like to recommend for this type of job. Please let me know if you can offer any help.

Thank you!

Gabriela  is ALEXIA MARIA Brand Manager

1261 Prospect St. #2 La Jolla, CA 92037
http://www.alexiamaria.com

See you all in class !!!!!

Joanie