The First Week of Summer !!!


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My wondrous husband has started moving the blog to This change is more extensive than he thought. It will take time. You can watch his progress on the .com. Because of this, I can’t keep up with mail chimp. So every Monday morning….just go to the blog.   You can have an email subscription to the posts in this blog.  It is the third green rounded square from the bottom in the right hand column.  I would LOVE for you to join my other followers !!!!!


  Great Quotes:

If you’re brave enough to say “goodbye,” life will reward you with a new “hello.”   Paulo Coehlo

Winkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain

The New Classes:

First Pattern: Introduction to the class. How to choose a pattern. How to cut out a pattern in your size. A change was made to the pocket. We will be making one cargo pocket. How to pin fit the tissue pattern with a fellow student. Fandango Field Trip on Saturday, 6-14-15. This coming week: How to correct your pattern according to your pin fitting. How to read your pattern guide. ALWAYS REMEMBER: This guide….is NOT a GOD !!!! Straighten and true your grains. Lay out your fabric and pin your grainlines.

Portfolio: Introduction to the class. Why make a Sewing Techniques Portfolio. Cutting out your Portfolio Patterns. Machine Embroidery Demo. Gave ergonomic handouts on your USB. Fandango Field Trip on Saturday, 6-14-15. Next Tuesday, we will be truing up on grain, and cutting your fabric. Thursday, we will learn how to fuse, serge and mark our pattern markings on our fabric.

Fandango Field Trip: We went to Yardage Town, Central Sewing and to the El Cajon Bistro. What a Fandango !!!!! I found it exhilarating to be there to answer your questions !!!

Home work: PRE-SHRINK YOUR FABRICS before class !!!!!

Always remember: I teach going forward. I cannot back track. I just don’t have the time. So if you need to a miss a class, asked a friend for their notes.

Spring Class Evaluations: The following should give you answers.

I try to have as many industry specific sewing courses as I can. In the end, the faculty must teach what the department needs.

I WAS VERY VERY PROUD THAT one of my students sold one of her historically accurate costume pieces !!!!

Some of you, pushed yourself A LOT in my patternmaking course. You did well the first time out !!!! AND you learned a lot !!!!

I would love to teach basic patternmaking in the Spring of 2015. All I can do is request the course, then wait and see……..

I learned many things from my patternmaking collections course. I tried to put too many things to learn into this course. Next time, I will slow the class down.

I ordered a patternmaking plotter. It is not an inexpensive item. I don’t expect to that request filled any time soon………………….

For those of you who want to learn grading: You need to remember the Hawaiian Grading Dance. Ask me, I can teach it to you in 5 minutes.

I feel sorry for the students who had to redo their project at the last minute, but I STILL had to grade what I saw……

For those of you who want to buy a sewing machine or a serger, please print the Miracle 10 Miles of Sewing Machines from the blog. See all the brands before you invest in a machine. Do not buy a machine from a big box store or the net. You will have no recourse if something goes wrong. AND they don’t give you lessons…….

You need to take sewing courses with a variety of instructors. You need to see things from all sides………. No two sewing instructors will EVER again on anything………….

Interesting Links: This link talks about pre-washing embroidery floss to test for color fastness. I was amazed. Read it !!!!! Thank you Huy for sending it.

Hats: Thank you Jena for sending this to me. (they don’t make their own hats but are a retailer – they do design their own as well but have them made for them – they carry a great selection. They do carry worth and worth). They also have a store front in Boston.

Stephen Jones (famous hat maker in England) (this is considered a high-end, couture house of hats)

Worth and worth: (retailer and manufacturer in New York)

Using Unexpected Free Time for Hand Sewing

I woke up earlier than planned on a recent Saturday morning. It was the start to a gorgeous spring day, and the sun streaming from behind my shades drew me out of bed. But I wasn’t quite ready to get started with the events of the day, so I took out some hand sewing.

At the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.

In April, my colleague and I spent a morning at the Make It Center at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Worcester, Mass. We helped expo-goers make a fun little fortune cookie bag, and I ended up with an almost-complete bag before I got too busy to finish it.

Then came that Saturday with some unexpected early-morning free time. I took out the unfinished bag, sat in a chair near the window, and hand stitched the edges of the bag handles under. I could have done the sewing by machine, but it was nice to sit and relax and start the day with some hand sewing.

I often use car rides or evening couch time as my hand sewing time, so it was a nice break from habit to do some early-morning sewing. It was a satisfying start to my day, too, to finish a project.

If you’re looking for inspiration, be it hand-sewing or machine projects, Quilting Arts magazine has lots of ideas. Get a free bonus issue of the magazine when you subscribe.

What about you? Do you have any unique places or times you like to work on hand sewing? Have you ever found some unexpected time and used it to get some sewing done? I can’t wait to hear.

 from the Sew Daily Blog.

See you all in class this week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Be Safe,

Joan McKenna

Associate Professor

San Diego Continuing Education

Hospitality & Consumer Science

Fashion Department

Office: 619-588-2244