So, I’ve struggled a bit with how to write this post and what to say. I think outside of the design aspect, this will be a good learning experience for me.
On the first day, we just went over the syllabus and supplies. Then, we spent some time cutting out our 8 slopers (two bodice front, bodice back, skirt front, skirt back, sleeve, and torso front and back). They were given to us on eight sheets of paper. We had to cut them out, glue them on manila board and cut that out again.
Ours are half scale, but we don’t know half of what. The instructor thinks it’s a 12 because it’s big on the size 8 half size dress forms. I was done in under 30 mins and headed out. Homework before Thursday is to trace out 5 darted bodice slopers (the one on the far left) on this numbered pattern paper. We’ll be working on the slash and spread method on Thursday.
So, the comical part is this: Of the 16 students, only 2 or 3 of us know how to sew. I mean *really* sew. There was a lot of talk in the room (at least five) who didn’t own a sewing machine. Yet, almost everyone wants to be a designer. I always thought that was kind of a joke on Project Runway. But, I guess there really are people who enter the design world who don’t know how to sew.
Also, most of us were on time, but at least on person came in 30 mins late and three came in over an hour late. It’s soooo different going to school as a 30 something adult. The class is mostly early 20s with about three of us over 30.
Oh! I almost forgot. There are like two rooms of pristine, gorgeous, new industrial Jukis. But, they can only be used with an instructor around, ‘in case you have trouble getting it threaded’. So, clearly, my goal is to become a teacher’s pet so I can get to those machines when I want!