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Summer Sewing fun!

July 17, 2013

The summer sewing classes and kids camps are going great! I’m including a few shots, so you can see some of the methods taught in the studio.

Here is an intermediate students work. The bodice is a little complex, with crazy pleats, a lining, underlining and that crazy elastic gathered top band.DSC_0001 DSC_0002 DSC_0003 DSC_0004 DSC_0005

This dress turned out beautifully. I think we both agreed however, that canvas was a little heavy for this beautiful summer dress. The striped skirt and pleated bodice are a great combination on that student’s great figure.

Here is how I teach students to sew straight lines. This red and white striped fabric is a staple at Hobby Lobby, so we can always find it to practice sewing straight lines.DSC_0019 DSC_0011

In addition, they have all kinds of cool containers for use as sewing baskets and fabric storage containers. Here is one that a student particularly liked. DSC_0013

In addition to learning to sew straight lines, students need to learn to pivot turns and sometimes they have an especially hard time with curves. Here are how I help them conquer those challenges: DSC_0030 DSC_0033 DSC_0034 DSC_0027When they are sewing on the paper, we remove the thread from the needle. The perforations, themselves are enough evidence of success or…… “not”.

DSC_0051 DSC_0048 DSC_0047 DSC_0046All of my students, both adult and youth, learn to trace patterns. I have no expectations that they will always utilize this method, especially if they get their patterns on sale for $.99! Notice the pinks. This student’s outfit matched her fabric perfectly.

I’ve got to get to class. This week, I’m teaching from 9 am – noon, 2-5 pm and then 6-8 pm. Makes for an exhausted sewing instructor at the end of the day, but very happy students 🙂

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