Yesterday I had my full “5 hour” men’s tailoring class. I was a little disappointed as I only learned new way to do suit pockets. The instructor’s way was a lot easier than the way I learned however. He went through 3 demos on how to do 3 different pockets, which I handled with ease.
I think a lot of students were looking at me like, “How does she sew so fast!”, but many know I have a degree already. I’m just all about perfecting the craft! A few students were on par with me…I think it’s a matter of being serious about what you’re doing. There were students in there not really doing anything. Someone told me they were going to do the pockets at home in a more “comfortable setting”. I’m thinking, “Why even be here and waste your money if you’re not going to do the work?” By the time you get home, you can easily forget some steps, then not have the instructor to ask questions. There were more people yesterday than on the first day of class, and I’m sure many students will drop out as the class progresses.
One student some how heated up some spaghetti and was eating it in the class around everyone’s fabric. This wouldn’t fly where I went to school. You got to have the DRIVE & WANT TO, in fashion design, as well as talent. You can’t become talented if you’re not doing the work! ;)
Below is a sample welt pocket with flap, that’s going in our notebook of projects to be graded. Each of these examples are things we can do to our men’s jacket project I believe. I’m not sure if we’re doing just the jacket or a whole suit.
Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I have been super busy, and most likely will be super busy all fall.
This weekend I’ll be working on the dress I sketched earlier. Not sure about the colors yet, but it has to be something I know I’d wear. Thinking about blue and white, but we’ll see once I hit the fabric store. I’m so inspired by fabric, that sometimes it changes my whole idea, and I end up start from scratch.
Last Tuesday was my second day in pattern grading class. At first I’m like, this seems complicated when she had a diagram on the board, but as we progressed, I got super excited. We took a sample pattern size 8 blouse and graded it up to a size 10 & 14, and down to size 6. Fashion designers usually hire pattern graders to do this themselves, but I get excited to learn about everything fashion, why not learn yourself! I’ll probably continue to take as many classes to learn about new things I can apply to my work.
Also in my class, this girl had a cool fashion related tattoo on her wrist. I have no tattoos on my body, but I really want to copy this tattoo. I wanted to ask her if I could copy her tattoo, but I held out. :/ I thought it would be weird, but I’m going to ask next week. I just want to take a picture of it.
Today I have men’s tailoring. Can’t wait to see what we’ll learn today. I think we’re suppose to be making men’s pockets. This I learned already, but it doesn’t hurt to practice, and I’m sure to learn something new.
This is going to be a busy semester, but these are two things I’ve always wanted to learn. I spent almost $100 on a pattern grading book years ago, but it’s so confusing. I think it’s something you have to learn hands on & visually. But men’s tailoring! So excited! Glad I checked back this morning to see if someone dropped the class, some 1 person did, as there was only 1 seat left and opps! I got it now!
Back to school I go, but so worth it!
So today I registered to take an extra fashion class I never learned before…pattern grading. I think just as I was leaving the fashion program at my university, they were just adding that class to their upcoming programs.
Pattern grading is learning how to make several sizes up, and down from one original pattern. For example…my dress form is a size 8; I could pattern a garment for size 8, then “grade” it down to size 2, and up to 18, and in between.
I actually had to go to the school and hand deliver my transcript. I was two seconds from saying, “I got a degree already, screw this! Forget being in a class again”, but I’m glad I stayed. I thought having a degree automatically meant you wouldn’t need your transcript, but WRONG! lol
I originally wanted to know men’s tailoring, but truly, I can teach myself that. Plus when I saw the cost of 1 class I was like WHOA! The cost of education has gotten ridiculous! I’m excited and nervous about being in class again. Luckily it’s just one class, once a week! That’s about all I can handle right now! ;D
Hey guys…in preparation to move! Once I get settled, I have a special expensive project planned I can’t wait to share!
In the meantime you can check out what else is going on with me and past work on my twitter and Instagram page! ;)
"If you don’t build your own dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs…"
— Tony Gaskins