I am really good at being a student and taking classes. I liked it so much, I became a teacher. I may be retired from teaching but I still love learning. I want to tell you what fun it is to be a student while I construct the Cinderella costume for Zara.
I am really lucky that there was an advanced garment sewing class at Thimbles. I went for the first time the other day and it was marvelous. If I had a question or a doubt, there was this terrific teacher there to help me.
My teacher is Laurie Albrecht and she really knows her sewing. She is a certified teacher by the Martha Pullen company. Martha Pullen has a heirloom sewing focus which is very rigorous.
For a good part of the class, I was the only student. My afternoon class is being combined with the night class so for this only week, both classes met. The other student in my class came late and left early.
You realize what this means, yes? I was Teacher's Pet, no competition. And I got lots of help and advice.
I've only had two garment sewing classes in my life. I took Home Ec in 8th grade and Tailoring Senior year of college. The rest I have learned here and there, thanks to the generosity of fellow sewists.
I got good tips from the moment I spread out my fabric. Laurie had me cut of the part of the fabric that was hanging off the cutting table. This is to prevent the weight of the fabric from pulling the grain out of whack.
She actually ripped the fabric to make sure the grain was straight. I haven't done that in ages but it seemed to help me line everything up. I did wince a bit at the ripping.
I placed the pattern pieces and began to pin them down. She had me check to make sure the arrow was actually straight on the grain. I had never done that in my life.
I used a tape measure and started at the top of the arrow. I measured over to the selvage. Then I measured from the bottom of the arrow and if they were the same, I was set. If not, I had to adjust.
Sure enough, one of my pieces was not straight. Following the cutting of the pieces I cut the interfacing with the same care. Laurie then showed me the proper way to sew in the woven interfacing.
I did not bring my machine, a Bernina 380. No siree, I was using a Bernina 780 which is one huge machine. In addition, it is one fancy dancy machine.
It's good to get out of our comfort zones, right? This machine had a super huge bobbin, everything was bigger than life. Plus the presser foot raises and lowers with a button.
I was learning new ways to cut and sew and using a high end machine. It was fun to challenge my brain and get it thinking.
I even have a little homework. I have to baste the bodice together and try it on Zara. I better go do that sewing.
I want to maintain my teacher's pet status.
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