Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Springtime Update

My life has pretty much been consumed by school lo these past many months, and sometime during fall semester statistics, I decided that I was finished putting off my fun classes, so I enrolled in an intermediate sewing class for winter.

I've been sewing as long as I can remember, so I kinda thought there wouldn't be much for me to learn in this particular class. Boy was I wrong. I mostly learned the correct ways to do the things I had been doing, and also a slew of brand new skills. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The projects we made were not necessarily things I had been dying to make though, and that was a challenge, but I ended up learning so much that I don't regret it.

I made a zip-up hoodie for myself, a man's dress shirt for my husband, and a dress for my daughter. Pictures and posts for these are a comin' I promise. In fact, I've been wanting to post these, but the weather here has been so foul that there haven't been many opportunities for outdoor photo sessions. Anyway, all in all, it was a fantastic class (I got an A- by the way. I don't know why I'm bragging about my grade, call me egotistical I guess. I suppose it helps though, when I decide to go into the fashion industry, to know that the clothes I design or make for you come from a girl that got good grades and not just passing C's and D's. Other than that, I suppose it's just unholy pride, but at least I'm honest about it right?)

While I was in that class, I discovered the secret under the table, only mentioned in hushed tones in corners of the room classes that BYU offers to those in the know (or in my case, those eavesdropping on conversations between those in the know). Apparently, there are certain special classes offered at special times-- this time was spring semester, and the class was Swimwear/Knits. Did I want the last seat in the class? Oh yes I did.

Now, I am blissfully sewing along in my Swimwear/Knits class, and you know what? *spoiler alert* I love it. First of all, the atmosphere is just plain fun. It's a very full class, and so despite the really well designed classrooms, we are literally working on top of each other. It's kind of like a delightful little sweatshop, in fact, I bet it is similar to what it would have been like to sew with a bunch of other women during the industrial era. We laugh and talk and listen to music and occasionally yell at our projects (ok, that could just be me), and we cheer everyone else on for any small achievement. It's a blast to see what everyone else is making too, I love to see so much creativity.

Sewing on knits is so much fun it feels a bit like I'm cheating on clothing construction. Like I'm having a little fling-- no pressing or ironing, no seam finishing, and it works up so fast. I can't wait to show you all what I've been up to, and I will I promise.

In other news, I've found a cache of vintage and folkwear patterns and pattern companies from which I am thrilled to take part of as soon as I get some more money. I especially love things from the 1930's-- what a beautiful and glamourous decade. It's really a timeless era, the clothing was very flattering. Fabric was high quality and frequently cut on the bias, both things which are very flattering to a woman's body. Things were made to look long and slender, unlike the super curvy look of the 50's, but not boyish like the 20's. Anyway, more on that to come I guarantee.

So, stay tuned, I've really got some fun things to come.


Kara said...

This all sounds so amazing. I have some great knit fabric that I have no idea what to do with. You might have to teach me your secrets.

Emily said...

Can't wait!! YOu're a rockstar!

Erin said...

This is all very exciting. You better post more updates and pictures soon or I will start calling you a tease. :)