Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free Sewing Classes start January 27, 2010

some start at later dates.... 1/28, 2/1, 3/6, 4/10... it goes on and on..... averaging 16 weeks per topic Take a look at all the classes they offer! I have never been to these classes. I have heard that they are crowded in the beginning but as time goes on, people drop out and there is more space and more comfortable learning environment.  

The price is right and there are many different types of sewing you can choose from. has someone in this group gone through this system? reply below and tell us about it. I say, just get there early for a seat and bird's eye view.I do not know if they have a required textbook for the class. 

I did the traditional route: Community Colleges @ Mesa College and Palomar as they offer them during the semester. I have gone through them both. Mesa in 2000 and Palomar in 2009. They fill up fast with Fashion major students and only recommended if you are up for a challenge as there is a lot more work required in these college level and college transferable courses than the Continuing Ed classes.  

The cost of community college courses is $26 per unit x 4; they count the apparel construction class as 3 units for lecture and 1 unit for lab. Consider also the cost of books. Mine was $140 when I took the sewing class at Palomar.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mexican-fiesta Pillowcase Dress - using left over fabric

I had a bit of fabric left over from MIL's apron so i made something for my daughter, our little Mexi-Pina.  This time, I used bias-tape for the arm holes and no serging.  I am relying on the pinking shears and the finished edges of the fabric for it to not fray.  I was in a rush to finish this, doing it at 6 am before the baby woke.  She did wake when I was sealing the neckline and she was just not having it!  But after some tears, the dress was done =)

Friday, January 1, 2010

A side-tie apron with no pattern needed!

only an existing one laid on top of fabric as a pattern will do.  the only difference is that instead of following the outline of the armholes, i went down diagonally to the waistline - around the area where i wanted the ties to be BECAUSE i traced a very stretchy apron to a flannel material (don't do that! like with like material!) that had no stretch and it was necessary to make the change for the finished project to lay better on the body. Initially, before the alteration and tie repositioning on the side, this was not wearable...

but now as you can see here, it is wearable and here she is: