Spring Break Over

Dear A-Team:

News of the Day: For those of you, who have worked the industrials in Rosa’s courses, and those who have an industrial at home, I figured out a way that you can work the industrials in my classroom. For those of you who have a certificate on file, let me know if you want to work the industrials. There will be a written exam and a practical exam for this. These exams will be given by appointment only – outside of class time. There is also one more hoop to jump through. You will laugh. Ask me in class. For those of you, who never worked on the industrials, I will not be teaching this, this semester. I just don’t have the time. BUT….this being said, I would like to start a list of students who would like to be trained on the industrials. I would like to work these lessons into my Monday/Wednesday summer course, if there is interest.

I need to tell you that I downloaded my first Kindle book for a PC computer, this Spring Break. I have been fighting this. I may have to break down and just buy the book. BUT, you can download the book FREE !!!! You may need to download the Kindle app, if you have not done this already. It makes an icon on your desk top. It comes with 3 books free. The book I downloaded free is titled: Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. It was written by Elizabeth Keckly in 1868. The book is amazing. See for yourself. http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Scenes-Thirty-years-ebook/dp/B002RKSFLM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333951917&sr=1-1. You can click to Look Inside. Elizabeth was a modiste/dressmaker for Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. I can’t wait to find the time to read this !!!!!!!

This week, I took the time to visit Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop I haven’t gone here since the early 90’s!!!! It is worth the trip!!!! AND in the far left corner of the strip mall, there is another Rose. It is called the Quilted Rose. Rosie’s has the cotton fabric. Rose has the longarm quilting machines. DON’T MISS GOING HERE TO SEE THIS. Rosie’s closes at 5 PM. The Quilted Rose closes at 4 PM. Go early. Go. You will learn a lot !!!!!!!!

At Von’s, I found a January 2012 copy of Threads Magazine for sale. I had to buy this. This issue is so pertinent to the classes this semester. The articles range from Working with Bias to Patternmaking Darts. Some of you will recognize the bias designs being EXACT copies of Vionnet styles. Some of the dart designs are straight out of Armstrong’s Patternmaking text books. There is also an article on repurposing garments into handbags !!!! And note: The discreet stay that smooths the pants silhouette is exactly how you pattern-make and put the pockets in jeans!!!! Yes, I will bring this issue to all my classes this week for you to look at.

Draping on Body Doubles: I have felt lousy since our last class meeting on March 28. Some of you, did not believe me that I cannot do any more fittings on the forms. I can’t even look. If I do for one, I need to do for all. I have told the class over and over that I need to keep moving the class forward. Mildred and Maureen can’t do them either. We went on to phase 2 on March 26. I need to keep moving the class forward or we will be making dress forms all semester. You have had 2 draping lessons already. I hope this has wet your appetite for more and you have completed your dress form this Spring Break !!!!!

This coming Monday, homework is due. I will be reviewing homework from 5:30 to 6 PM before I start the next “Drape Along with Joanie.” I am going to try to get there early, on Monday. I should be there by 5 PM. This Monday, a lot is due: 1. The completed dress form. 2. The Arm. 3. The basic bodice with breathing ease. 4. And the basic skirt with floop where you need it. I expect to see the dress forms, the right arm, drapes and the patterns. Remember to true up the fronts to the backs of your draped garments???? The next lesson (Monday) will be the shift dress. This hangs from the shoulders. From this….we will turn it into the fitted shift dress. The fitted shift dress has another name: The Little Black Dress. AND when we put it on paper, we will now add comfort ease in the side seams plus seam allowances. There is a progression to learning to drape. You need to be able to complete the steps in order. It needs to become a natural flow. And as always….you need to remember: Drapes are a means to an end. They are only ONE PART of the patternmaking process.

Think about what you want me to teach you on Wednesday, April 11. Flounces, Drafting a sleeve, or just have a catch up day. Let me know your choice.

Couture Tailoring: March 29 marked the end of the Couture Tailoring Course. I am sad to see it end. A lot of learning went on in this course which is all transferable and useful in your everyday sewing. Check out all the work that was done on the fronts of this half-size jacket. Check out the 2 lapels. One side was done Bespoke/Couture and one side was done Contemporary. Those that did not finish their jackets are MORE than welcome to complete them in Industrial Tailoring.

Industrial Tailoring: This course starts this Tuesday, @ 5 PM. This is the class that has a fandango field trip this coming Saturday, April 14th. All my class are encouraged to come. We will be carpooling. I am looking to make a list for drivers. Drivers will receive $15 from each rider who drives with them. We need to take off from the WCC parking lot by 7 AM. We will be stopping at Coco’s in Mission Viejo for breakfast. We will park in the parking lot across From Ace. I will have a handout for all of this in both classes. By 2:00 PM we need to meet up again. I have a special treat in store. THANK YOU MARGY !!!!! For this treat….you will need to present your Student Attendance card. Make SURE you get one, or have one by Thursday, April 12. We will be given a tour of Michael Levine’s. I will tell you all about this…..in class !!!!!!! Also note, that Industrial Tailoring NEEDS to be done in FULL-SIZE. I thought we could do half-size, but if I allow this, you will not learn to FIT the jacket to the body. The patterns are listed and linked in the right hand column of the blog. www.sewalongwithjoanie.wordpress.com. Burda #8300 is for women and Burda # 8186 is for men. These are the ONLY patterns that we are only to use in this class. In this way, we will all be dealing with the same issues. Pick them up ASAP. Joanne’s only carries this Burda pattern in oneies. It is best to order it from the net. The order link in on the blog. This will be an exciting course !!!! I do intend to make mine with the 3 different pockets, as I did with the half-size. I am hoping that the fabric will tie everything together.

I would like to end this A-Team email with something that Sue sent me. THANK YOU, SUE !!!!! I just can’t stop smiling every time I read this……….


Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0 .

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5 , and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0 , NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1 .

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail…..

What can I do?


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First, keep in mind that Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme. html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour7.0 or Beer 6.1 . Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta .

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources).

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0 .

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7…

Good Luck!

Tech Support