No matter that I start thinking about samples for classes some months in advance, and even begin sewing them well in advance, the last month before they are due to be hung in the store is an insanely mad rush of sewing. Definitely not my favourite way to sew! I did get everything done. All hung and ready for inspection by potential students during open house at the store. (I’m also the “monkey” that gets to climb the ladder and hang on thin air to hang the quilts. Sometimes it just does not pay to be skinny and agile!) With all the hurry, I didn’t have time to take pictures as things were made, and then it took a little while to get over to the store with my camera. Lighting is a little iffy, but I think, for the most part, the pictures turned out not too badly. Here goes…
The ever popular pyjama pants class has now morphed into a full pyjama. The logic was, that after two weeks and one pair of pants, students haven’t really learned that much. Better to sew more, and even learn to sew buttonholes (for some reason that’s of great interest to people!) and really put some mileage on that sewing machine. Now the class is five sessions. It’s working much better … I think. I’m always game for an upgrade in the pj department. These are a cotton jacquard. They looked a little bland, so I added some ribbon and even popped into the store at one point to embroider the daffodil for the pocket.
As always, there’s a class on t-shirts and cardigans (based on patterns from the Pamela’s Patterns collection) and a class on simple skirts. This go-around there’s a class on fitting your top. It’s always a bit of a challenge to dress the mannequins – planned outfits and all that. We (I) also have a class on Spring jackets – student’s choice of the Sewaholic Minoru or the Closet Case Kelly.
The skirt fabric was a knit remnant that I thought to use for a cap-sleeved top. Upon some serious thought, I decided that it would be too heavy and icky (how else to describe this fabric?) to wear as a blouse in summer – the only time I’d be wearing a cap-sleeved top. And so it became a skirt. Not enough length for me, hence the black insert.
The cardigan is also a remnant – some seriously weird knit fabric. So incredibly badly behaved that I ended up having to stabilize every single seam. But I love it! Don’t know how practical this will be. The top layer seems to want to grow snags just from being looked at.
And the blouse underneath is the Oakridge by Sewaholic – minus the tie. I even made a belt! It cannot be said that don’t think these outfits through. (LOL)
Notice the distinct lack of snaps on the Kelly Anorak? This was the last item being sewn. I was in a rush. (And that’s never a good thing when tackling something new-to-me, and trying to actually follow instructions, because students will be asking questions about said instructions.) I managed to hammer on the eyelets for the cord. I even watched some Youtube instructions about eyelets and snaps. It looked so easy. So why were my snaps not snapping shut? Luckily I purchased far more than I actually needed. I started with samples on scrap. I was making an absolute mess. Either the parts weren’t sticking together, or they stayed together and wouldn’t snap. I would quite happily make a whole line-up of bound buttonholes than put in these snaps. I must be hammering wrong! (Is that possible?) For now my jacket is snapless. I do intend to practise some more and I’m sure that eventually I will conquer the hammering of snaps. If anyone has any tips on snap installation – I would be very happy to know.
I did some extra edgestitching on the pocket flap.
I did cheat a little this time around.
This whole outfit was made for the previous lot of classes. Granted, the jacket hung over a different t-shirt and pants – and that would be because I had a pants class – but not this time around. This Minoru is a very lightweight wool. To me it has the feel of a jacket for Fall, so I was in no great hurry to bring it home.
And then there are the kids’ classes. I taught them a number of years back. Then it was someone else’s turn. Now it’s my turn once again. Luckily I have a goddaughter, who also has a sister – two young ladies who are quite happy to add these pieces to their closets once the classes are done. Lucky me to have someone to sew these for! Otherwise it would have been a rather pointless and boring exercise.
The cardigan was to be made from a sweatshirt the girls brought from home. I went looking for one in the stores. Do you know how difficult it is to find a plain girl’s sweatshirt these days??? I almost gave up. Obviously I did find one and then had a lot of fun dressing it up – nothing too elaborate, but still…
During March break we’ll be sewing “twirly skirts” and t-shirts.
And in April it’ll be a crossbody bag with zippers. (This is my version of learning by repetition. I think that after putting in 3 zippers they should finally get it.) This pattern, by the way, is from the Husqvarna website. I modified it a little bit – there’s actual embroidery involved in the original. Mine just has some fancy stitches in fancy thread – anything to get people sewing in straight lines! And then we come to May, and the project is a little dress from Kwik Sew.
|Can you tell we're ready for Canada's 150th with that wreath hanging next to the dress?|
I remember many adult versions of something very similar gracing many a blog last summer. Hopefully the girls will enjoy making and wearing this. I think that it’s adorable! (There's a version in toddler sizes too, if you're interested.) We’ve already had one complaint – “… but my daughter doesn’t wear skirts and dresses…”. For the kids’ classes I do not do alternate patterns. That would be absolute chaos. My answer to the complainer would have been – “it’s about time she started wearing skirts and dresses!” All right, I’d never ever actually say that out loud, because we’re always polite to the customers, but I do wonder how a girl could not want to wear a skirt and look pretty. Besides – that circle skirt is just so much fun!
I do wonder if I’m excluding any boys from these classes by coming up with girly things. Anything too generic, and there is no interest in taking the class. Not that we’ve had any requests from boys for classes – but you never know. And I’m not so sure that at this age (10 – 11) any single boy would want to sit with a class of girls and learn to sew.