A couple of weeks ago I taught the Trace and Make Tee class here in Ann Arbor along with my friend Karen. I wanted to make another tee just to make sure I knew what I was doing before the class so I pulled out the teal rib knit I’d bought earlier this year from Brenda at Pink Castle for the knit series and made a short-sleeved version of the striped 3/4-length-sleeve tee I posted earlier on this blog, which was traced from a tee I own. And what the heck, why do I always have this same serious expression on my face? I guess I need to start laughing more in my photos.
Believe it or not I actually wear it like this, with three different bright colors all competing for attention at the same time. I like my brights, y’alls. I also really love this deep teal color; turquoise and teal are two colors that almost always look good on me.
And here are some pictures from the class, which was so much fun! I was so pleased with how well everyone did, some people even learned to sew on a serger for the very first time!
One thing I’ve noticed about teaching sewing classes is that somehow, no matter how well you map out your class time, the time is never enough to have everyone walk away with finished garments. I used to stress about that a little bit, but after talking to Deborah about it (Karen and I taught a kid pant class at her shop, Whipstitch earlier this year and she is a sewing class pro), I’ve realized that it’s really not the most important thing. It can be difficult explaining to participants that the main goal is not necessarily COMPLETION (because obviously most people want to walk away a finished garment) but more the learning process itself, but I think this group got it and learned a ton. I was proud of the things they did manage to do in the time we had! Does that sound too much like “everyone got an A+ for EFFORT?” Because I really mean it even if it does sound cheesy.
Speaking of classes, today is the last day to sign up for my Made-to-Measure Skirt Workshop next week Tuesday night, and we still have space! So if you want to sign up, please do it now!