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 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.

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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!

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244