Monday, April 07, 2008

Sewing Lessons Monday

Sewing Lessons Monday has rolled around again. We missed last week due to appointments I had in town. We had a light session today as we were wrapping up a unit on applique. I taught the girls how to do shadow applique, the last in a long list of applique techniques they learned. You can see how to do this technique in the tutorial below as well as sign-up for a give-away.

We took our time with this last technique. The girls each designed their own applique. Sarah did a funky Mary Engelbreit-ish flower. Emily did a little cow applique that she intends to use as a pocket on an apron. Sarah sketched out the cow for her.

After our technique session, the girls moved on to their individual projects. Sarah finished up her vest, but is rethinking her closures. She is debating whether to do traditional buttons and buttonholes or do loops and buttons or do a lace-up closure. So she has one week to make up her mind. I think after that I will be putting on my Mean Teacher hat and MAKING her finish this vest!

Emily continued work on her fuzzy hooded, lined jacket with separating zipper. An ambitious undertaking for a beginner. Today she did the armhole princess seams and managed to pull it off on the first try. Our Friend The Seam Ripper did not make an appearance. This seam also had set-in pockets that she had to avoid accidentally catching in the seam. She did a great job and was pleased for her jacket to actually start looking like a garment. Next week she will do the princess seams on the jacket back, the shoulder and side seams.

Since we wrapped up one unit, I think next week might just entail a Mystery Assignment. Every once in awhile I pull a Project Runway style field trip out of my little bag of tricks. Gotta keep these girls on their toes...

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