Well I have definitely been away way too long, but not without doing many, many things. Sew what's happening here @ Soul Collections is Beginner's Classes are full until September, so don't wait to learn a new skill :)
Cecilia finalized her Custom-Fit Pant in the Pant Styling Class & made her first pair of Slacks w/Side Seam Pockets, Fly Zipper Front & Separate Waistband starting from a Draft, which became her Sloper, to later become the Pattern! We worked out the kinks making & remaking the Drafts until we reached 99% perfection to add the Seam Allowances making the Patterns in order to test in Muslin the Fit. In making Patterns, all pieces of the patterns have to match w/the lines blending smoothly together, which is called "trueing", in order to sew the pieces together later in fabric. Now, she is ready to Style her Custom Fit on her own, because she already has her Sloper made, which is the Foundation for any other designs she may have in mind. Cecila wants to continue to make a pair of Jeans, which there is a whole science to each classification of the pant. Cecilia is going to be a life learner in her Specialization of choice, as the options are endless. Of course, all takes some time to develop, approx. a week of diligently working to complete a pair of pants, but the Foundation is there, which solves the major problems.
Now June's Beginner's are finishing up on this Saturday their first Sewing Classes! I really love their energy! So I decided to spring a new zipper application to the mix ;) w/this group of girls, well they really enjoyed the outcome (hee,hee) even though they weren't crazy about the process. You ever wonder how that pocket gets into the garment w/a zipper? It is a very easy technique & there is so much you can do w/this little zipper pocket. There is an Art to Zipper Applications, one reason being the strange shape of the zipper foot stitches close to the edge of the zipper teeth, & you really don't have to do much other than lightly guide the fabric as the feeddogs push the fabric thru, so it is not a time to press hard on the foot to go too fast. And like anything that's worth accomplishing, the process may be a struggle, but the outcome will be a success!
And last but certainly not least, Basic Flat Patternmaking resumes on Saturday to draft the Sleeves, the Torso Body & Basic Straight Skirt Slopers. I have two Entrepreneurs in this class that are experts in their field, Wendy who teaches Sewing, as well @ the Community Centers @ Higher level & Valeria who makes Handmade Soaps & Body Luxuries, she will be incorporating Intimate Apparel w/her Body Luxuries & the Olive Kelp Soap I love :) Valeria sells on etsy @ http://www.designsbyvaleria.etsy.com/
Hi Everybody! Welcome to my Blog! I hope you enjoy your visit. I was born and raised in CT and moved to New York in 1997 after being accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology upon completing 2 years of study @ the University of Bridgeport for Fashion Merchandising Management. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Intl. Trade & Marketing & an Associate's Degree in Patternmaking Technology w/a specialization in Coats & Suits and Cut & Sew Knits. In 1998, I stepped out to follow my long life dream of pursuing a career in fashion by designing & presenting my own line in a fashion show in my hometown. Since that time, I have centered my professional career around Intimate Apparel & as Sr. Technical Designer for a Licensee for Ralph Lauren. I soon after officially launched my own business, Soul Collections, as Sole Proprietor in 2003 specializing in a line of seasonal Women's Outerwear Jackets. However, my vision for Soul Collections is not just limited to jackets, but a Collection of Fashion Related Courses offering training and skills for women for the betterment of life. I love what I do!