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I love my graphic artist. He can get me to try new things. So expect this post to be very different as I learn to post my blog in Word.

News of the Day:

Yes, I contacted ASG and found out how to get the tickets for our July 16th Exhibition Preview Night fandango. In this way, you won’t have to stand in line. One of my students, found a great restaurant to eat in. I loved the name: BUNS. It is a bit pricey. I need to check it out. Since the Breast Cancer, I have had to only buy and cook organic meat, and chicken. (The us FDA won’t allow hormones in Turkey…..yeah!) And I know enough to stay away from farm raised fish. I need to stay away from anything with hormones. If any of you have been to BUNS, please weigh in on the subject. The ASG convention is at the Town and Country just off of highway 8. I will speak about what I found out, in Monday night’s class. And if it allowable, I will talk to the Hat Class. You can check out the ASG convention calendar at:

I hope some of you are going to show your work at Mesa’s Fashion Show on May 8th. See Donna if you are interested in doing this. If not: save the date anyway:

24th Annual: Ceramic Fundraiser at the Educational Cultural Complex

» All original handmade pieces created or donated by students in Continuing Education ceramics classes

» Flower arrangements and live potted miniature succulents and cactus gardens

» Opportunity drawing (tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5)

» Prices start from 5 cents and up

» Opportunity drawing and Silent auction close at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7

» Bid on silent auction items

» Vote on best of show featuring Ceramic Fish Art inspired by the sea

» Original print photo note cards


May 6 and 7

Wednesday and Thursday

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Educational Cultural Complex

4343 Ocean View Blvd./92113

Main entrance and upstairs foyer



Free street parking or purchase a short-term permit to park in the lot.

Free Admission


Sponsored by Associated Students, Student Services and Ceramics Instructor Pamela Kozminska

Bus Schedule

#3 Ocean View Blvd. 15 min.

#11 National & Logan 15 min.

#55 Logan & 43rd 30 min.



We are all involved in our tailored jackets. It is fun to discover all the different Bespoke methods that are written about in books. I must have 4 different tailoring books in the classroom. Some exclusively for Women’s jackets. Some exclusively for Men’s. I only found 1 that had both women’s and men’s in it. This one, I chose as the text book for the course: Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Tailoring: A Complete Course on Making a Professional Suit.
Has directions for both men’s and women’s jackets. (2011) Skills Institute Press, LLC. No directions for bound buttonholes. The students love this one, because the pictures are so clear. The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket: Tailoring. (2011) Creative Publishing International. (400 how-to photographs.) I like the techniques found in the following: Vintage Couture Tailoring. (2012) Author: Thomas von Nordheim. Very Bespoke/Traditional. Then Bloomsbury published the second edition of Classic Tailoring Techniques for Menswear: A Construction Guide. that is just the ticket !!!! This book, is brand new. Next time I teach the course….this will be the text. Check it out on

Sew Fun:

In this course, everyone is involved in their shirt and pant project. Some are very close to being finished. We are going to do a community service humanitarian project, when we finish our graded project. For the humanitarian project, I am going to be teaching industrial techniques: Cutting, and Piece Work. You will learn that industrial sewing is not the same as sewing for yourself. There is no trying on. There is no pressing open each seam before crossing it with another seam. This is why the industry likes knits. It fits the most different sizes without a lot of trail fitting. Where as when you sew for yourself, you can fit at every stage. You can make personal adjustments. You can put your pocket where you want it. You can press as you sew. The following blog from Babylock will help you to understand understitching:

Fun Contribution from Dona:

Advice From a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do… Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing. When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home, and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.


I just saw this movie  called “Dior and I” at the Landmark Ken in Kensington last night! It is great! An excellent behind the scenes look at what goes into creating a couture collection at house of Dior. It may not be there that long, so go see if you can! Check out the link to the website, with a preview… Thank you Jena !!!! Check out the right hand column for MORE Dior videos !!!!!

Learn hand topstitching with this video:

Of course, Warren, my husband is a bit too old to ever wear this. I thought this breast cancer awareness muscle T- shirt says it all !!!! Great idea to test machine embroidery designs……. How do you decide whether to staystich or not a knit creation. Pattern adjustments for sleeves.

See you all in class !!!!!

Joan McKenna