About That Hooded Mask

Back in May, I showed Guild members a red hooded mask I made for a superhero costume. Problem was, I didn’t have the decorations on it for the finished look, nor did I have the rest of the body suit to the costume. It looked like a red executioner’s hood, frankly! And for sports, I put it on for a photo in our Guild newsletter… which shall remain there cause I only looked like I was up to no good! Well, I wanted to assure you that hooded mask was put to good use, not bad deeds! 🙂

I had hoped to run a race in that Flash cosplay. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan the zipper situation right so it would have chafed and carved out a hole in my neck if it did. So the outfit was ill-fated to be nothing despite all the hard work put in. It was hard work, too, cause it had to be lined! You see, I had to use the wrong side of a curdoroy knit to get the right colour, but if I were to run in it, the corduroy would have taken off my skin, so I had another knit underneath. Then there was the yellow and white decorations!

Fortunately, one thing that has consistently worked out well in my life has been that failures have always found their value to soften the blow. As it turned out, for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) 2013, participants needed a photo of the Flash with a particle accelerator for one item. Certainly, the particle accelerator, and access to it, was the far more difficult thing to find than the Flash, but Shirley J. in Halifax knew we had one in town at the Victoria General Hospital. She got access to it and went looking for a Flash in Hal-Con, our local convention for sci-fi, comics, anime, steampunks and various other things. I am a member of their Facebook page and the connection was made.

So rather than just a race for a selfish publicity stunt, my Flash costume turned out to have gained this participant some major points for GISHWHES 2013! It also got her daughter a picture with the Flash, which made her happy.

Now, while that outcome was nothing like I had planned, if you were to have asked me before it all happened which outcome I’d rather have the suit useful for if I could only had one, I’d definitely have chosen the latter! It’s nice when life turns out that way, isn’t it? That’s how I know Fate’s got my back in life, though that doesn’t mean I go taking ridiculous and unnecessary risks!

I DEFINITELY do NOT take Fate for granted! 🙂

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Class — Christmas Quickies

Here are the quick things that will be done in the class.
  1. Denim Basket made out of a jeans pant leg and some cotton fabric.  Great little storage item.
  2. Embroidery Hoop sewing Kit. Colourful cotton scraps and a small wooden hoop come together to create this kit.
  3. Facecloth Travel Kit…turn a facecloth into a storage for your toiletries when travelling.
  4. Roll-up Chalkboard. New chalkboard fabric is used to make a great take along for the kids.
  5. Car caddy or Chair caddy… great for travel or keeping things close at home
  6. Mesh Christmas.. work with mesh ribbon to create a simple centerpiece or wreath of your choice.

Teacher: Carmen Faber

Dates: December 7, 2013

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Class — Industrial Sewing Techniques – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot open up, Guild Members will be notified.

This class is a hands-on class.  A work packet of samples is required.  The technique will be demonstrated and then you will complete your own samples.

  • Sewing Without Pins – 85% of your sewing can be done without pins.  Learn why and how.
  • Curves – Inside and Outside – counteracts the natural tendency of forcing the fabric into the needle.
  • Lapped Zipper – this is the kind of zipper that can be put in the side of a skirt as it is a curved seam and it also covers the zipper and you can’t see it.
  • Centered Zipper – this zipper is inserted without pins and with the facing ready and in position
  • “Burrito” Waistband – this technique is a method to avoid dealing with 6 layers of fabric at the corners of waistbands, cuffs, and collar bands.
  • Perfect Top-stitching – demonstration only
  • Understitching the proper way – is an art form.  We want to sculpt our lining or facings so it forms the structure from which the garment will fall and hang correctly
  • Flat Felled Seam – normally flat-felled seams are a lot of work – sewing it once, trimming, folding it over, pressing etc.  Learn the easy way to sew flat felled seams.
  • Shirt pockets – sew a shirt pocket without pins and stretching of the pocket.
  • Patch pockets – sew an easy patch pocket without pins.
  • Invisible zipper insertion – demonstration only.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: November 23, 2013

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Class — Yoga Pants — FULL

This class is now full.

This slim fitting pant is in all the fashion stores this year.  Yoga pants are not just for exercise, they can be made in a variety of stretch fabrics  to look like dress pants. It has a slim fitting look with a 2″ waist band.  You should be able to complete this 3-piece yoga pants Silhouette Patterns, #3400 pattern in one class. It can be ordered online via the previous link for $14.00 US, plus shipping. The morning is for fitting and cutting, the afternoon is for construction.

For construction, a pant weight rayon knit is recommended. Peggy Sagers suggests a Ponte Roma.

Teacher: Mary Baxter

Dates: November 16, 2013

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Class — Sew a Fully Lined Jacket

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Sew a fully-lined jacket the modern way, using fusible interfacing to shape and tailor the fabric instead of hand pad stitching. Armani constructs designer jackets this way, and so can you!

The pattern for the three day class is McCall’s 6172, The Perfect Jacket, from Palmer/Pletsch. It’s a close fitting, fully lined jacket featuring a notched collar, 2-piece sleeves, and welt or patch pockets. With three finished lengths — cropped, hip, and below hip — it’s a classic jacket. And because it’s a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it’s been designed for success!

Day 1

  • Tissue-fit pattern, fabric prep, cutting pattern from fabrics and interfacing, fusing interfacing.

Day 2

  • Assemble outer shell of jacket including welt/patch pockets, buttonhole prep, sleeves

Day 3

  • Assemble lining, attach lining and outer shell, finishing work

With a week in between classes, there is plenty of time for slower sewers to catch up. We want a happy sewing class, not a harried one!

Recommended fabrics: wool crepe, wool gabardine, wool blends, wool tweed. (Wool is a great fabric for tailoring!)

An optional notions package, including Palmer/Pletsch interfacing, and sleeve head interfacing, will be available if desired.

Teacher: Tory LeBlanc

Dates: Oct 19 and 26, Nov 2, 2013 (3 days)

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Class — Textile Painting

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Learn the uses of and the methods for painting on fabric. This information may be used to decorate a simple canvas tote or an article of clothing for a child or adult. Fabrics should be hand washable and previously washed cottons or cotton blends are recommended.

Excellent examples of suitable fabrics include denim, cotton canvas, and any medium to heavy weight cotton /polyester blends. Other lighter weight fabrics can be used but are not recommended for the beginner. A photo or drawing of your design should be available for reference. Designs using freehand strokes rather than geometric patterns are also encouraged. Themes/ subjects for your designs could be animal studies, flowers, simple scenes or even abstract designs with free flowing brushwork. Each attendee should discuss their fabric chosen and design to be used a minimum of one week before the class to be assured that all is suitable for a successful, completed project. Projects completed will be hand washable. Those in attendance can choose to complete a tote with some or all supplied (kit) or bring some or all supplies for such projects as a decorated jacket or shirt, apron or skirt, etc.

Teacher: Linda Martin

The teacher for the class is Linda Martin who has taught fine arts for over 35 years and has experience with teaching adults ( evening classes) and children from 5 to 18 years old ( public school ) . She had also taught family studies, textiles and foods to children ages 12 to 16 years. Examples of completed work plus a questions and answers session can be done at the September Meeting using about 15 minutes of the evenings time.

Date: September 28, 2013

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