Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Textiles and Clothing Construction Class: Project #2 Blouse/Top With Sleeves

Last semester, my students in our homeschool program completed
two sewing projects from a pattern in our 
Textiles and Clothing Construction class.
The first project we completed was pajama pants
and you can click here to see my post on that.

For our second project, we constructed a top or blouse with sleeves.
What fun it was to shop with these girls and watch
their personalities blossom as they chose the styles
and fabrics that appealed to them!!


This project was particularly challenging to the girls 
as we learned to measure their body type 
against the measurements on a pattern envelope.
Off-the-rack clothing and measurements on a pattern are inevitably
never the same. 
I let the girls chose whatever pattern suited them,
and a couple of them had tons of little steps that just seemed
to take lots of time.
The girls had never executed some of the skills presented to complete
their garment, so it took us several weeks to get through
all the instructions.

In the end, I was so very pleased with how each girl's
garment turned out.
They learned how to choose appropriate fabrics for the garment style they chose,
  measuring their body types and choosing a pattern size to construct,
how to set in sleeves, top-stitching, hemming,
pressing and seam finishing.

What a delight it has been for me as the guide to watch these
young ladies learn perseverance when the struggles were real,
how to envision a finished product when it looks like a hot mess,
and how to express their individual styles in their clothing choices!!
But most of all as they graciously are learning to live out our theme verse:

"She seeketh wool and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands."
Proverbs 31:13

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