Friday, February 14, 2014

an apron and oven mitts for Nana

My mom has had an apron for 45 years that she absolutelypattern  loves. It is getting really old, worn and a bit stained. it is not a normal apron, it zips up in the front and it has no arms. I have not been able to find pattern for it nor an apron like it in store.

Simon decided to copy her apron in secret and make her one for Valentine's day. He made a test one first then with his pattern perfected the one he made her.

My mom has roosters as her decor and Simon found the perfect fabric to match. He choose a nice accent bias tape. I find the fabric and colors he chose really works well together.

He put a lot of detail into it and he chose a really nice tops stitching design.

He also made 2 insulated oven mitts. He used my mccalls pattern for the mitts.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sewing classes 2014

When I started taking sewing classes back in 2012, I was new to sewing with patterns. I did not know what I would and would not need to learn. Now that I am more experienced, I am a better judge of what makes a good sewing class, and a great sewing instructor.

I wanted to take sewing classes in English, in my area, the West Island. That did not work out so well. The Fabricville classes got me interested in sewing and I gained confidence in many areas. But I was lacking in proper knowledge and I won’t go into the details of the quality and value for the money spent on the Fabricville classes. That is the past.

I had heard of sewing classes given at Club Tissus in Laval. After all, that is where we bought all our machines. It is a store that we trust and their customer service is AMAZING! The staff really knows their stuff there, not like at Fabricville. But LAVAL?? A bridge to cross? 2 bridges from my house? Do I really want to go that far? As it turns out, it is about 10 minutes from my office in VSL. If I leave when I finish work I get there nice and early, miss the traffic, and I have PLENTY of time to go eat dinner and even do some shopping before the class.

I started off with the bathing suit class (Finished bathing suit). I took this one on my own. I then took the Tissus Extensible with Simon. This class was AMAZING! I was unsure if I would learn anything new, as I knew how to sew shirts and yoga pants. What we learned was incredible! Just look over my blog to see all the great creations we did. You learn so many tricks and techniques. We learned numerous collars, etc.
Simon and I then took the winter jacket course and then the snow pants class. The winter jacket is by far the most ambitious project we have ever attempted. The jacket took 40 solid hours to complete, but well worth it.
All of our classes were given by Dorothee Barnes at ClubTissus. She is an excellent teacher, patient and extremely knowledgeable. Her forte is stretch fabrics. With her sewing classes you will learn how to adjust any pattern to fit your dimensions. You will be able to customize anything to your tastes and measurements. You will no longer make something that does not fit you. Even if you think you know all you need to, she will teach you many things that will help bring your projects to the next level. There is a wide range of classes given throughout the year. I have 2014 all planned out, my mother booked to babysit and I penned them in my calendar. We will take the Polo 1 & 2, Chemisier, Pantalon sur mesure. I will take the bra course by myself, Soutien-gorge 1. I have seen people’s work from this class and it looks better than anything I have seen in the stores!

All in all the classes are fun, informative, excellent value for your money and well worth the trek out to Laval. I would recommend any of her courses. Take a look at her brochure and I hope you find a course that suits your needs!