Hello to all of you my friends!!!! I have had a sad week in a way, because my dear friend Carmen passed away.....she was another victim of lung cancer.....and I thank God, that had mercy on her, and took her away fast....for her not to suffer longer. I was a smoker too, and Thanks God, with His help, I was able to give it up, 4 years ago.....If you smoke, please try to stop, you life is too precious my friend!!!!
On the other hand, I had a good week. I decided to teach since march, and I have 2 small groups that I am teaching, and...............I AM SO PROUD OF THEM ALL!!! We started working only 3 months ago, (with the first grour) and, starting with the toile, and of course: their first proyect: a semi fitted blouse, with invisible zipper, and they have to choose from 3 different types of finishings. In this case, they chose to do: Faggoting. Of course, by now you know me, and they did not do, a strait forward fagotting, I introuduce them to ....the wonderfull world of....lace making at the same time, and experimenting, and here you have the first blouse that was finish:
May be you will tell me that this is a simple blouse for 3 months classes!!! but....we take the class once a week, for 4 hours. We have learned to take measurements, to draft the basic blouse pattern, to make the toile, to give allowances, to transform the basic pattern, different types of cuts, designing with darts, and...........using the sewing machine, different types of seams, working with bies bindings, making your own bies, how to put invisible zipper, different types of hand stitiching, faggoting, and using their imagination to create, and....with this teacher...they have to learn to be perfectionist otherwise, they have to undo the work!!!
In this blouse, as you can see, Claudia did a very good job. The fitting of the blouse in her body, is jus perfect.....the machine sewing is very good, because to make and add all those bindings and have good top stitching is not that simple. And then.....the way she use the faggoting.....she decided to use yo-yos and have them susppended in the front of her blouse, incorporating them with: the stitch that we use for faggoting!!! Is n´t it beautifull??? I really love it and feel so so proud of her new learned skills!!
I am not quite sure, about my second group that only started 2 weeks ago.....Please give me your opinion about what to do: to teach them a strait forward faggoting only, or to introduce them to lace making also???? because the lace making process took a month!!!! and I feel that is too long for them to see their first proyect finish. My first group is super-happy with their blouses.....but I feel that may be people can get restless trying to learn and experiment with the lace making process............because I will share with you all the blouses that we finish, for you to see how different they are, and all the laces are also so different, so in a way, they all learned from each other. Please give me your opinion!!!