Tuesday, August 5, 2008

sewing class project!




I've been teaching a beginning sewing class, which by the way is so much fun and my class rocks. I have such an amazing bunch of ladies. We just finished rod pocket curtains and now we are working on pajama bottoms which it appears they are going to crank out a plethora of them. I had no idea they were chomping at the bit to make pajama bottoms so badly! It's pretty cool to see their confidence build and lights going on in their brains as we discuss riveting topics such as tension, stitch length, salvages and fabric choice.
Anyway, our next project will be skirt for themselves or girls in their lives. This project will mainly demonstrate the concept of grain, cross grain and bias and allow them to make something functional that they can show off. I found a tutorial for a bias skirt on one of my favorite blogs and thought I would try it out before I get my students to take their cutting to the point of no return. I had to adjust it a bit and it's still a little more triangular than I would like but it is really comfortable, really fun and nice and cool for this insufferable heat. I finished the waste band with FOE which is code word for "fold over elastic" which I happened to have a ton of from recent diaper making ventures.
I'm not too keen about the ankle shot (never liked those ankles!) but the pedicure (thanks to my cousin Amber) is pretty cute. You can't see it in this picture but there are tiny pink polka dots on the French Pedicure white section. Also as an added bonus on this skirt, my mother would be proud to see me in colors other than black, brown and grey...which truth be told I hardly ever don those colors since giving birth to 4 boys. I have definitely jacked up the pink and all things girly. Need to leave my mark amongst all this testosterone!

2 comments:

Amber said...

Super mom by day, amazing sewing chic by night! You are so talented and I secretly wish I could sew like you. Way to go! I love the vintage dress form, and when you asked for suggestions I immediately thought of mine. I think it would look cool to just cover it with some beige material with modge podge or something. I picture the material with tiny green flower details or something. Anyway, just my thought! By the way, check out ambersblogbackgrounds.blogspot.com and you can see the purple background that you were the inspiration for. Love ya!

Bess said...

I want to take a sewing class from you. I just attempted a really simple shirt for me and I don't like how it turned out at all:( I am going to keep trying though.

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