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More sewing classes and fashion design course update

First off an update on my fashion design course.

I got another HD (High Distinction) for my last assignment the fitted vest and I couldn’t take the smile off my face for days… writing this puts another smile on my face LOL

My assessor provided some wonderful feedback again:

Hi Christine,

Excellent assessment. Well done you have demonstrated your skills and knowledge in drafting a pattern for a style, adjusting the pattern to suit what you would wear, cutting and making to a high standard.

You’ve drafted the pattern very well. It was a very good decision to lengthen the vest from what the instructions say as the garment looks very good on your body. You can do this with any of the styles to make them more aesthetically appealing and wearable. I’m glad you fixed the bodice block which needed that small alteration and has made the vest sit balanced.

The fit of the vest is excellent. It fits you well all over, the neckline is great, length good, shoulders, armholes and general fit are all very good.

Your sewing is of a high standards and the finish of this vest is beautiful. All seams have been pressed open neatly, hem, armholes and facings have all been attached well. The buttons and positioning is very good too.

Your written summary is very good as well demonstrating your competency within the unit.

Well done once again, looking forward to your next project.

Now I’m up to my next assignment which is to draft and sew a classic style shirt with a flat collar, and long sleeves with plackets, so this one’s definitely a little more challenging… but I suppose that’s what’s meant to happen as I progress through my course.

I’m so glad I had my Classic Tailored Shirt class with Pam Howard as this class is helping me enormously with this project and especially with sewing a sleeve placket as I’ve never sewn them before and Pam makes it so easy to do and to follow along with her.  She’s got a great teaching style that is calming and relaxing and makes every step seem so simple and easy to do… and in actual fact it really is easy when you follow along with Pam guiding you each step of the way.

Online Sewing Class

I have referred back to so many of my Craftsy classes and they’ve been a godsend for my course as when ever I’d needed to work something out I’ve generally been able to recall covering what I wanted to know in one of my sewing classes and watch the segment on just what I need for the project I’m working on.

More Craftsy sewing classes added to my library

Last week I signed up for Linda Lee’s new class Underneath It All and what a fabulous class… I know it’s not a super exciting class as the whole focus is on what’s underneath our garments but what you learn truly will make a difference to the finish of your garments on the outside!  I’ll definitely be referring back again as Linda shares so much information on how to get a great finish on your garments.  I’ve actually been referring to it for my current assignment for making the facing for my classic shirt pattern.  So another class that’s come in handy for my fashion design course.

Here’s a description of the class:

Alongside fashionista Linda Lee, you’ll learn essential skills for making and sewing fine garment interiors: choose interfacings, underlinings, interlinings, facings and linings, and install them perfectly in your garments. Bring stunning structure and a lifetime of longevity to your fabric with interfacings. Underline entire garments to reduce wrinkles and give beautiful body to limp fabrics. Interline your outerwear to protect your fabric and add warmth and comfort to the garment. Flawlessly finish raw edges on exposed areas of your garments with facings. Plus, you’ll learn to line both pants and skirts, and Linda will even share how to draft and sew your own tailored jacket lining.

And today as a little reward and treat for myself I signed up for the latest sewing class The Iconic Tweed Jacket with Lorna Knight, her very first class on Craftsy and I honestly don’t think it will be her last!

The Iconic Tweed Jacket with Lorna Knight

The Iconic Tweed Jacket with Lorna Knight

So far I’ve watched several of the videos in this class and am super excited and can’t wait to get started and make my very own Chanel style jacket for the very first time!

Here’s a snapshot of what’s covered in The Iconic Tweed Jacket  class:

Join couture sewing expert Lorna Knight and sew an iconic jacket that will play a starring role in elegant ensembles for years to come. This chic garment is both supremely comfortable and an endlessly versatile addition to any wardrobe. Lorna will help you choose the perfect wool tweed fabric and match patterns seamlessly throughout your garment to produce a superior finish. Ensure a fantastic fit with tips for making a muslin (toile), and then let Lorna guide you through sewing your jacket and lining. Construct, gather and shape your sleeves before you sew them high into the armholes for a classic look. Complete your jacket with classic patch pockets, stylish trim and a weighted chain that gives your garment a dreamy drape.

The good thing is I already have some fabric in my stash that has been waiting for so long to be turned into a gorgeous Chanel style jacket so won’t have to buy any fabric for this project.

These are the two pieces of fabric I already have that I’m thinking I could use for my jacket… just have to decide which one.

Chanel Jacket Fabric Choices

Mmm decisions decisions, which fabric should I use?

Here’s a close up of each of the pieces of fabric so as you can see the colours and the textures a little clearer.  I think this one would look pretty with a soft pink or purple ribbon and black braid on top as the decorative trim around the neck, centre front and hemline.  Oh and I have a lovely silk bamboo in my stash that might work a treat as the lining too.

Chanel Fabric Choice close up 2

I love the soft pastels along with the black. It’s actually hard to pick up the soft colours without looking closely at it.

I  just love the colours and the texture in this fabric!  If I were to choose this fabric I’ve already got some purple satin that I could use as a lining which I think would be quite pretty on the inside.

Chanel Jacket Fabric close up

I’m not 100% what the fabric is exactly but hey I don’t really mind as I just love the colours and the texture too. I can refer back to my receipts or do a fabric burn test before I use it and then I’ll know exactly what the fabric is.

Which piece of fabric do you think I should use for my first Chanel style jacket?

I’m planning on starting sewing my jacket as soon as the free pattern that comes with the class arrives in the mail…. so hopefully it won’t take too long.

I think this jacket can be a little reward for myself for the progress and results I’ve been getting with my studies.  It’s been a while now since I made something outside of my course and although it’s almost summer here now at least it will be finished by the time it’s cool enough to wear it… or I could just turn the air conditioning up really high and wear it around the house LOL

As you can tell I’ve been quite busy with my studies and building upon my skills thanks to my course materials and my Craftsy classes.  I hope people don’t think I’m being rude or have dropped off the face of the earth but  working full time, studying, learning to draft patterns, sewing, cooking & cleaning (my 2 least favourite things to do but still has to be done), and the list goes on, something has to give a little so as I can focus on the important things in my life at the moment.  So please forgive me if I haven’t been chatting as much via Twitter, Facebook, or visiting and commenting on your blog as much as I would like, actually I’l rephrase that to “as much as I would love to” but there’s only so many hours in a day.  I envy others who seem to be able to juggle it all in but I just don’t seem to be able to manage to do it and stay on top of things.. particularly my studies.  If you have any tips on how I can fit more into my days please do share as I’d love to know.

Thanks for dropping by and as always I look forward to reading your comments and if you have a blog be sure to use the feature of leaving a link to one of you latest blog posts when/if you leave a comment below as I love coming and visiting and seeing what you’ve been up to as well.

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    • says

      Oh BeaJay I can hardly believe it’s almost holiday time! This year really has flown by so fast. I’m sure you’ll pick up some great little tips and some ah ha moments in them too. Now I’m wishing I only had one piece of fabric that was suitable for the jacket in my stash LOL

  1. says

    Hi Chris, you have been busy since I have last been here – I’ll have to add you to my blog roll so I can see more what you are up to.

    What Fashion Design course are you doing? Must be correspondence. And you are making a jacket too. Lovely:)

    I quite understand about your time constraints – it isn’t easy trying to work and have a life too. And be the domestic goddess on the scene as well…

    • says

      Sure have been Sarah and so have you. I’m studying the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology through Open Learning online. If I had the option I’d rather go to college full time and not have to work at all.. then I’d have more time to play and be a domestic goddess too LOL

      • says

        Hi Chris, I’ve seen the course advertised. It looks good, but I’m afraid the units on occ health etc do not appeal to me! Still, work pays the bills, without which the course could not be paid for, and the fabrics, mail, etc., etc. That’s life :)

        • says

          So know what you mean Sarah… no work, no money, no fabric, no sewing LOL. I’m glad I got the occ health subjects already out of the way thank goodness. Time is also a huge issue when it comes to doing formal studies… much easier just sewing for fun and not having to do written assessments and making it all formal and being assessed. At least when you sew just for the fun of it know one is judging every step you do and the outcomes… so long as it looks good, fits, and is comfortable to wear is all that matters lol

          • says

            Hi Chris – yes, sewing for yourself is free of the stresses of what someone else thinks, and can sometimes take the fun out of it. Strangely, I don’t mind formal university study (says me now, as I have had a year off – back to it next year, just got accepted into fourth year program in Psychology), but I think it would be quite hard doing a sewing course. I found blogging about my “learning experiences”quite hard enough. Still you are probably learning lots – and think of all the FUN you will have when you have finished :) ( I think you are an ESFP, they love fun).

              • says

                Congratulations on getting accepted into the program. Psychology would be so interesting and I imagine quite hard as well. I just looked up the traits of an ESFP and I think you are probably right… actually more than likely right LOL.

  2. says

    The bright one appeals to me, I love those colours and they will suit you.
    Congratulations on another HD in your online course, you are learning lots of really useful core skills to a high standard. There’ll be no stopping you after this! Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the shirt.

    • says

      That’s great Fiona as I’m really leaning towards the bright one as well. Thank you for your support and encouragement and who knows what this all will lead to… for now I’m loving all the learning. I’ve finished drafting the shirt pattern and just have to sew it up in calico now to test the fit. Not sure if I’ll end up making it in a fashion fabric though. I’ll wait and see how it turns out… but at least if I do want to make it up in a fabric at a later stage I’ll already have my base pattern that already fits to start with so that’ll be a time saver!

  3. says

    Congrats on the vest, the teacher’s comments and grade! You must be thrilled with your progress. I understand about the number of days in the week and the subsequent hours. But as long as you’re learning and enjoying it, do what works for you!

    • says

      Thank you Carolyn and I have to admit I am actually really please with how I’m progressing and I’m enjoying the journey as well :) Looking forward to the day when I can draft a pattern confidently lol

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