Friday, June 11, 2010

Sewing class prep: any ideas?

I'm teaching a little sewing class tomorrow.  I'm going to be helping some of the girls in my ward sew these little shirred dresses.

I already passed out a materials list with instructions on how to cut the fabric so they'll all (hopefully) be ready to go when they show up.  I even included this totally awesome diagram that I made all by myself in Paint so they'd know how to cut their fabric if they're using fabric with a directional pattern.
Not that I needed to tell you I made it all by myself.  I think that's pretty obvious.  

Anyway, the thing is, I honestly have no idea how to prepare for a sewing class.  I mean, set up the sewing machine and cutting area, that's obvious.  But... what else?  My mom suggested sewing an example dress and having them all watch so they'd know how to do it, but over half the people that come will probably be late and it's impossible to know if waiting around is going to be worthwhile.  Any ideas?  Do you think I should do the example dress thing?  Are there other things that might be good to do?  I have no idea.

Also, if you have any great resources for a spiritual thought relating to sewing, self-reliance, or anything along those lines, please leave it in the comments.  I'd totally appreciate it. 

Oh, and I am wise enough to do this: there will be treats.  Healthy treats.  Yummy, naughty treats.  Treats, treats, treats.  With any luck I'll lure them in just like Hansel and Gretel.  Minus the whole baking my friends in the oven part.

Thanks in advance for all of your input!


Leah said...

For the spiritual message you could use President Uchtdorf's video Create

Good Luck!

Kathy Haynie said...

Even if you don't do a demo on the whole dress, at least demo the shirring part. If you expect some people to arrive late, bring several scraps so you can demo it more than once if you need to. I know you hate to waste the elastic thread, but for novice seamstresses, I think it will really help them - even to have you point out how to hold the fabric in your hands as it goes through the machine, what to do with the presser foot, etc. You can just demo on scraps that are 8" or 9" wide, but showing them 2 or 3 rows would be really helpful, I think.

And of course bring the finished dress you made for Miss O for them to examine closely, but I'm sure you already thought of that.

Karin van Dam said...

Sounds like so much fun! I wouldn't go for making a whole example dress there. I'd ineed take a finished dress, so people can look at that and lots of scraps, or maybe some of the pattern pieces, so you can show than parts of the proces when they ask you for it. I am sure you will do wonderful!