Upcoming Busy Busy Week

Dear A-Team:

This next week is transition week. So much is happening.

Draping: We are going to begin draping on Monday. Last week, we did the final fittings. We cannot add floomp. The fabric just won’t let us. Don’t bother measuring your arms. They fit you. Stuff and go with it. This weekend was spent trying to complete Paula’s form. Most of it is done. BUT……I ran out of time and the neck will be unfinished when I come to class on Monday night. Still, we need to go on.

Remember to bring your solid color broadcloth. And patternmaking tools. If you drape, you need to make the pattern for it. Check over the grading. Each drape and pattern gets graded. I need to see what you have done. Forgetting to show me, will not get you a great grade. What you do for homework, each week, will be due the following Monday in class. Lectures will begin at 6 PM. So, there will always be time to show me your work.

Tailoring: This is the final week of Couture Tailoring. Don’t worry if you didn’t finish your project. You can finish it up in Industrial Tailoring that starts right after the Spring Break – April 10th. On April 12 we will be taking apart 2 tuxedo jackets courtesy of Manuel. Thank you again….Manuel !!!!!!!

Last week, we put in our sleeve heads, shoulder pads, upper and under collars with their facings. The jacket is beginning to look more and more like a jacket.

This weekend, I finally figured out WHY I could NOT Contemporary sew in my lining on my half size jacket. My jacket lapel/facing stretched. I had to sew a stay stitch around the lining. I also had to stabilize my wool seam. A bit of pink bias did the trick. Then, and ONLY THEN……..could I contemporary sew in ½ the lining and bespoke sew in the other half. I STILL have the hems to do. It is good that I have till Tuesday to do this.

On Tuesday, I want to spend the time showing you how to bespoke in…….. a bespoke lining sleeve. On Thursday, the last day of class, I want to create a sewing circle and show you how to make a hand-worked buttonhole.

Notes of Interest:

1. Friday, June 1, 2012 will be the date of our fashion show/exhibit/open house. If you want to participate…..email me. I WILL be asking in class, too.

Here is our needs:

We need someone to man and do machine embroidery on the school’s machines.

We need students work and fit model for the fashion show.

We will need to drape in GOLD fabric, one display mannequin.

We need one person to man our display table.

2. Saturday, April 14th, will be our Fandango Field Trip to the LA Garment District. Drivers needed. Send me an email. Anyone who drives with anyone, needs to help support the trip by helping to pay for gas. I figure 4 per car. So a $10 donation from each passenger to the driver for the gas seems right to me.

3. If you want to participate in Graduation, go tell them in the office. You need to order your cap and gown. There is a fee for the cap and gown. A flyer will be coming out. Speak to the office.

4. I heard that you can sharpen scissors by cutting through a few folded layers of aluminum foil. I never heard of this before.

I heard that you can scrub glass baking dishes and the grill grates clean with a crumpled up ball of aluminum foil. I never hear of this before.

If any of you ever tried these things…………..let me know your results. Thanks !!!!!!!

Thanks for sending the following in, Georgina !!!!!!

In Full Swing: Classic Pumps for Spring in Bold Graphic Patterns

Lisa Shin for The New York Times

Clockwise from top left: Miu Miu checked silk taffeta sling-backs, $595 at Miu Miu; Nicholas Kirkwood Keith Haring tribute pumps, $875 at Jeffrey New York; Marc Jacobs gingham-print leather pumps, $695 at Marc Jacobs; DKNY printed canvas pumps, $215 at DKNY;Brian Atwood silk batik pumps, $580 at info; Charlotte Olympia polka-dot platform pumps, $875 at Bergdorf Goodman. More Photos »

Published: March 21, 2012

FASHION’S print train appears to be unstoppable. If you were so inclined, you could rock checks, dots, florals, batiks and digital prints from head to pointy toe. And among the freshest looks for spring are classic pumps in brashly graphic patterns.

Print pumps are “outfit game-changers,” Shiona Turini, the accessories director of Teen Vogue (and acknowledged shoe obsessive), declared. “A simple shoe just doesn’t speak to me anymore,” she said, adding that during the recent European fashion shows she nearly wore the heels off her new Altuzarra tropical-print pumps.

Another early adopter, Yasmin Sewell, a fashion consultant, likes print pumps as the answer to tailored looks of the season — pencil skirts or cropped pants — that might otherwise seem too serious. “We need a bit of a statement pump, either printed or in a flash of color, to make these looks a tad more fashion,” she said.

If you are tempted, don’t assume you have to stick to basics like jeans or cleanly tailored pieces to complete your look. You might try following in Ms. Turini’s well-shod footsteps. “I prefer to pair them with matching or contrasting prints, patterns and bright colors,” she said. “Sometimes it’s a disaster (or as I like to say, a color explosion), but when it works, it works!”

And if it doesn’t, well … we all have our plaid days.

See you this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

Office: 619-588-2244

Fax: 619-579-2278