|Zippered pouches for aids and specials|
|Book totes from apple corduroy for her main teachers|
I figured her two male teachers wouldn't want a pretty little zippered pouch so they got Chipotle gift certificates instead. The only simple male sewing project I could think of was boxer shorts and that didn't seem appropriate!
To save time, I interfaced the pouch fabric with a fabric-like fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101 shape-flex woven interfacing) instead of lining them. I sewed the pouches up on my fancy serger using a piping foot to attach the zippers, and each one only took about 15 minutes from cutting to fusing to sewing.
I also just hit my one year milestone with teaching sewing. I teach primarily at The Little Bits Workshop in River Forest (if you're local and you want to take a class, go here) and I really liked the skirt project I led on Monday night. I've found that while students dream about sewing their own clothes, I have trouble filling those classes with students opting instead for simple home dec project classes. I had a group of students from my last beginner sewing session who were a bit more gung-ho, so I put together a one-night class to teach them to make a simple jersey skirt.
My inspiration was this skirt, which I found on Pinterest, but I changed the drafting formula and the waistband:
|Elle Apparel Socialite Skirt - tutorial|
I made a couple sample skirts (I'm wearing the stripey one as I type), one with pleats and one without:
Keep in mind that my students have only been sewing for about a month and not all of them even have a sewing machine at home. Here's what they made in three hours, from drafting to cutting to sewing jersey fabric for the first time:
|You can't see it in this photo, but Nora did a fantastic job matching stripes!|