The Best Fandango !!!!

Hello A-Team !!!!!

What a week !!!!!! What a weekend !!!!!

Be sure to check the blog to see the pictures from Bull’s BBQ !!!!!! By the time we were ready to go home, there were lots of dogs there, having play dates. There was this one, that was huge. He was sitting with his water bowl and bones. And his eyes reached over the table of his master. It was such a cute scene !!! Eventually, I will get good at Mail Chimp and I will be able to add pictures easily. As it stands now, with the fashion show and shoe display coming up…..I won’t have time to put in a help request. Check out these pictures !!!! They had a metal bull with a saddle on it and a pig. We all took turns………….

Collections: Last week we were finishing up our patterns and many had their muslin toiles completed. Now we just need to complete the garments in time for the fashion show !!!! Remember the submission forms are due on Tueday, April 15th. April 16th, is when I have the next Fashion Show meeting.

First Pattern: Last Tuesday, was our first day of class. We registered for the course. Read over the syllabus and classroom etiquette and we took measurements so that we could buy our first commercial pattern in our proper size. I also showed a power point presentation on reading pattern envelopes. Thursday, we cut out our patterns and had a pattern fitting. Saturday, we had a fandango field trip for those who can go. Remember my fandango field trips are not part of the curriculum. They are times and places that I will be so that you can ask me questions and share your concerns. Remember to do your homework: Pre-shrink your fabrics like we discussed in class.

This coming Tuesday, we will continue our pattern fittings. I have the unfinished list from last week. We will start there, on Tuesday. By trying on your patterns, we can make some pattern adjustments before we even cut our fabric. Make sure you read over your pattern guides to ask me questions. I will also go over the next step: Straightening your grains and the pattern layout. Make sure you bring with you your tape measure. You are going to need it !!!! Next Thursday, will go over your pattern guide questions and concerns. Did you see the Pattern Guide Check list in your syllabus???? Use it. It will help you.

News of the Day: I forgot to put Sew Pro’s phone number for the fandango to the LA Garment District/M & L fabrics hosted by Sew Pro’s, in both syllabi. This is a bus trip. Call the Clairemont store: 1-858-270-4700. To ride the bus is $45. This is a round trip ticket. Even if you don’t buy anything, just going up and seeing the district is worth it!!!!

I hope you all saw the Parade Magazine that came with the Sunday paper on April 13th. In it, starting on page 6, besides drooling over what people earn, is an article concerning etiquette for Linked in. The name of the article is: How to Find a Job in 2014. They post 5 great topics with great advice:

1. Link Up with Hiring Managers.

2. Broadcast your Ambitions.

3. Hunt Beyond your Zip Code.

4. Network in 140 characters.

5. Build Experience.

There is going to be an antique, vintage and collection button show in San Diego on the weekend of May 17 and 18. Thank you Dawn for the link:

What fun !!! I just gotta go to this !!!!

What’s in an Armhole? Article from Sew Daily

A lot actually. When you are designing a garment, the armhole—also called an armscye—is one of the keys to a good fit. It can affect the fit through the front and back, the balance of the sleeve, and the overall comfort of the garment. And most importantly, for sewing for women, the armhole affects the fit of the bust. On the dress form, you want a balanced armhole with the shoulder seam at the top and the front and back of the armhole encircling easily that circular metal plate on the form that’s called an armplate. You don’t want pull or drag lines and should be able to slide a couple of fingers under the fabric at front and back.

You can see from this pattern draft how the
dolman sleeve is based on the basic armhole.

Armholes need a lot of ease. If you think about it, it makes sense. You need the forward and backward motion of the arm and shoulder, as well as being able to lift your arms. That’s why designers lower the armhole about 2 inches at the top of the side seam on woven garments. If you’ve ever put in a sleeve, you will notice the ease at the shoulder cap, about 1 to 1-1/2 inches, that allows the cap to be eased into the curve of the arm cap. You will notice, too, the one notch at the front and two notches at the back of the armhole. Those notches match up to the sleeve notches, and are especially helpful for industry production to determine the front and back easily—a method that’s been carried over to home sewing patterns as well.

One of the most fascinating things about armholes is how they can be transformed, to a raglan or dolman sleeve, for instance. You would think by the look of it, that the designer just added some room and moved seamlines to create either, but the truth is that both the raglan and dolman are based on the fitted straight sleeve and basic bodice. Through rotating and moving darts and adding ease and style lines, you can create either one of these elegant sleeves.

As someone who was a home sewist for years, never really understanding the basics of patternmaking, it’s fascinating to me to see how many styles can evolve from the basic bodices and fitted sleeve. If you have adjusted a bodice pattern to fit you well, the sky is the limit on designs you can create with the assistance of a good patternmaking book.

Happy stitching!

Amber Eden
Stitch magazine & Sew Daily

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Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

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Fashion Department

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