School Days, Dear Old Golden Rule Days

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabricsSchool days, school days, dear old golden rule days. Reading and writing and sewing class…

Grace Christian Academy is teaching young people skills that they may apply to a trade later in their lives.

Even if they choose otherwise, skills are very beneficial for advancing their competence in general and give them a great sense of mastery and accomplishment which is useful for adding to their sense of value.

Ms. SpoolTeacher has been given the honor of instructing these lovely young people and is having lots of fun enjoying their progress.

She offered two versions of apron patterns and each girl drew a number first to set the order to choose from the two styles. Everyone was happy with the style they received.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Katlin at her sewing station, waiting for an iron to press her pattern pieces.

After all the girls finished their first project of designing and producing a “market bag”, they were all seated around a large table to learn how to read a pattern envelope and the instructions, pick and cut out the pattern pieces they would use for their apron and then advised to iron the pattern pieces first to make sure they would lay flat on the fabrics while they cut them out.

They were then allowed to pick from a selection of donated fabrics that Ms. SpoolTeacher had previously sorted through to make sure they would be good for aprons. She placed them in a pile on the floor and each girl got to pick from among the many remnants for a piece large enough to cut out the main piece of the apron and for coordinating pieces for other parts. They really enjoyed that process and some planned on sharing pieces for this or that.

She also showed them how to best use the piece they had chosen without creating unnecessary waste and how to leave the biggest piece of remaining fabric so that someone else might use it for something else.

Then they were advised to iron the fabric as well.

There is a plan in motion to get a washer so they can launder the fabrics first. It is best to learn appropriate skills and then modify them as they learn better what they can get away with or what doesn’t actually help in the long run.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Sierra ironing her striped fabric

Each girl took a turn on the irons and then set about to layout their pattern piece, pin and cut it.

“Issues” arose. Ms. SpoolTeacher had said, “Fold the fabric selvage to selvage and lay your pattern so that the ‘straight grain’ mark runs parallel with the straight grain of the fabric and that the fold mark line meets with the fold of the fabric.”

When Sierra folded her fabric as such, it appeared that the pattern piece would not fit that way. We decided together that she would rather the skirt of her apron have the stripes of her fabric running horizontally then to put a seam in the middle. Those were the only two options to make her pattern piece fit her preferred fabric. There is usually a remedy for a problem. It often ends up being a “design” decision. So she was still able to use the fabric she had chosen. That made her happy. It will probably be a unique, desirable feature. It is just important to know what is happening as you go along.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Symphony proud of her pretty purple

Sierra clearly likes purple and blue as those are the same combination she used for her market bag.

Ms. SpoolTeacher said, “You are demonstrating continuity with your choices.”

“Continuity”, Sierra asked?

“Yes, you continue to choose similar things.” Continuity is a design feature Ms. SpoolTeacher wants them to recognize as they go along.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

The boys coming back from Upholstery class exclaiming at the mess we had made!

When the boys returned from “upholstery class” they exclaimed at the mess we all had created while they were gone.Yes, it is possible to create a mess while sewing. We plan to get more organized. In fact, Ms. SpoolTeacher stayed after school and tore everything up and rearranged it. She didn’t think to take before pictures, but she will show you after pictures for sure. The first picture above with Katlin at her sewing station does show some of how it was “before”. Ms. SpoolTeacher just wants to get it arranged so that “set-up” and “take-down” procedures don’t cut into their class time any more that they have to.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Focus is always a little difficult when you are so young and easily distracted.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Feliza always seems to be a little ahead of everyone else. Could it be that she really likes sewing? She likes orange if you couldn’t tell.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

“Hi Mia, bye Mia” going back to her class.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Isabel deciding right from wrong (sides), getting ready to pin. And she likes blue. What’s the clue?

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Amanda has her fabric ironed and ready to pin. Now to get it to lay on the table.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's spool students learning to interpret patterns, pick fabrics, iron pattern pieces and fabrics, pin and cut fabrics

Felisa, first to cut. Not that it is a race and not that we are competing. Just an observation.

All in all, it was a very productive day. Ms. SpoolTeacher can’t wait for Thursday. She only gets two days a week with these lovelies. They all seem to be enjoying it.

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