A touch of class…

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    1. mostly kids I think for now- staff can rarely spare much time at lunch, but we have hopes of doing a grown up version after school at some point…my me-made wardrobe attracts a lot of attention lol

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  1. What great fun! There is a sewing club at my DD3’s high school, but she’s too busy with other activities to join.

    Your post got me thinking (again) of how I’m going to teach two young women to make skirts this fall, at their request. I’d like to teach them how to use a commercial pattern first, as it’s how I best know to sew, but I’m wondering if having them make their own personal slopers might be the better way…. as always, I’m tripping myself up with a desire for “perfect” garments.

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    1. I would look at ‘Fabrickated”s blog. She’s stopped posting now, but quite recently she helped a young neighbour to learn to sew a simple skirt, just pleating it onto a waistband if I remember rightly. I would be careful about being too technical or time consuming at first, aiming at perfection can be so daunting, I’m going for fairly fast, simple results, but always explaining to them how they will get better on the next go. My first makes were shoddy but I wore them very proudly, some for several years…and I learned everything from commercial patterns.

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  2. Hope you had a good summer. I think it’s great the way you put so much time and effort into this on top of your day job, as it were. The kids must love you for it – and rightly so!

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    1. Life skills- so many of the things we took for granted are missing from modern education due to the pressure of producing academic grades…and budget cuts mean lots of schools have let all aspects of technology go completely. One of the girls who learned to sew over the last few months with me, came to proudly show me the repair she’d just done on her blazer pocket. She sai
      d ‘it’s not very neat, but it’s doing the job, and I’ll get neater in time like you said’. I was very pleased!

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  3. I find it fascinating that academic achievement is what drives education when practical technical skills are so important. We may all have an abundance of book learning but who’s going to fix the plumbing. As someone who went to a very academic school I am eternally grateful to my parents for teaching me to sew. They didn’t do such a great job with things kitchen related!
    Relatively quick but well explained sounds like a great approach as we generally learn so much more from doing. Those’ll be some very snazzy pyjamas. Enjoy.

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    1. Well done for drumming up the enthusiasm and for giving up your time. I agree that sewing should be fun especially initially to get interest going, they can modify things and increase skills as experience increases.

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