Friday, March 30, 2012

sewing construction class in Santa Cruz.

When I am not in my studio  teaching I travel to other sights , groups,  or individuals homes to teach.
I am excited about a  cool tunic  my student Sheila is sewing.
This tunic has a stand collar ( a stand  collar is a regular collar but with an additional pieces added at the neck line to add shape and cripness ie: mens button down dress shirst have stand collars). Also this tunic has set in sleeves darts front and back for shaping and a slight flare, skirt  with side vents, a very flattering fit. The pattern we used is the "liverpool"

SHEILA chose a fantastic cotton batik .

Last month we cut it out and worked on learning about collars , espically stand collars. Sheila's first collar with a stand came out wonderful.
Warning Amy butler's patterns leave a lot to be desired in the directions end so it was appropriate that I was there to fill the gapping voids of information. We moved bust and front darts around and changed the 3/4 cuff design to be more flattering.

Fitting the tunic in this photo .We added side vents to the hem as well. It is looking very good!

 buttonhole placement.
 We took a tuck in the sleeve and place a button to add interest.

With the aid of a great  Bernina machine ,which has a automatic computerized button hole foot ,she sewed 8 button holes in 10 mins, perfect!

All that hard work made us peckish and sheila served a yummy snack of fantastic olives and sparking water.
 A charming "sewing goddess" watched over us. And I am sure helped us solve problems as they came up.
  Her sewing studio is  so lovely with a spool rack containing a rainbow of colors to choose from And  also a handy place to hang her scissors.

More in a few weeks on her finished tunic , she will sew her buttions on and hopefully be done in a few days. You know the finishing things... the pressing, clipping etc. before you can hang it in your closet and introduce  a newly sewn garment to the others . They will be whispering  behind the closed closet doors about the " new girl tunic" , hanging  out  right next them on the same rod.

Peaceful Sewing
Jill Nickolene

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