18.8.09

industrial sewing






I took last week off work to take a course on industrial sewing. I thought that it would teach me techniques that would help me get better at sewing at home, and that the confidence in my increased skill would inspire me. I learned a lot, but mostly it made me wish that I could take two years to practice and to learn more and more. Those industrial machines are pretty amazing things. Of course, I kept thinking of all my parents' friends who worked in garment factories when I was little, when Toronto had such things. Those ladies made very little money (think of them when you see a Nu-Mode dress in a thrift shop).

At the bottom are the half-size muslin shorts I made as the final sample. I was so discouraged and I was doubting my abilities towards the end of the course, the same old song; when I started to make the shorts, I didn't bother to be too careful. I got a good grade on them, though (90%).

The shorts are tiny. I showed them to Geoff and he burst out laughing. We'll try to get them on Oreo one day.

18 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, not good enough... I MUST see those adorable shorts on your cat!

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  2. oh, i love those tiny little muslin shorts!

    i've been wondering how this course was. i'll admit i'm a bit frightened of industrial machines. congratulations on the 90% - that's honour roll!

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  3. Weren't you scared of those big angry machines? Yikes!
    Also, I second Erin. I NEED to see Oreo in those shorts!

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  4. That sounds like a very interesting experience!

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  5. Well done with the short. When I studied fashion, they had at school those industrial sewing machine but I have never used them as they look scary to me. What about dying this short in a cool blue or purple; like a graded color. I think it will look awesome. Again, congrats, thumbs up; you rock. Give yourself a pad on the shoulder, you deserve it. This short with wedges and a tank top and heart sunglass will look fabulous.

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  6. Those shorts look great. Don't be so hard on yourself!

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  7. I know sewing can be frustrating
    (especially garments). But it's important to keep going, because when it all works out...Well, it's wonderful. I hope you start feeling more confidant, and I really enjoy reading about/seeing your new projects:).

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  8. the shorts are adorable, anabela :)

    did you take this at george brown?
    john might be taking this course too!

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  9. I can guess that those machines are a bit scary. Kudos for you for trying something out new!

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  10. I tagged you with an award, I hope you don't mind :)
    Good luck sewing!

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  11. I enjoyed what Erin said above, haha. Oh Anabela... it's very lovely at fieldguided. I'm a bit jealous of this story. Amazing to hear of a girl taking a week off to jump into industrial sewing.

    I relate to this line you wrote: "learned a lot, but mostly made me wish I could take two years to practice and learn more and more."

    I feel that way about my painting some days. Your little shorts are adorable, congratulations on 90% dear girl. I'll visit this beautiful place again.

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  12. I definitely felt that way about my metalworking class--if only I could take a year to practice and study, then I might make something I'm actually happy with! If only.

    *Love* the idea of those shorts on Oreo--making me grin at my desk.

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  13. Erin: ONE DAY! Maybe come over and help. It will probably be more than a two person job. She's tough!

    Karyn: Oh, they're totally awesome. I think you'd love it. They have so much power! The course was pretty fun; lots of recent high school grads who want to be fashion designers. Pretty cute.

    April: I was a little intimidated at first but I'm a speed demon! I loved it! Now my machine seems so lightweight!

    Parapluie: Thank you!

    Catherine: Thank you! You should try one of those machines one day, though. They're great!

    K.Line: Thank you. It was just a lot for one week and I guess I was overwhelmed.

    Elise: Thank you! I can't wait until you debut your line.

    Melissa: I did! I recommend it. A lot of the people in the class seemed to be new to sewing and they did okay. And the people who had been sewing for a little bit learned new things.

    Alissa: Thank you!

    Katherine: So sweet, thank you!

    Heather: Oh, well, I would have preferred to take the week off to go sit by a lake somewhere, but it was still a fun way to spend the week! Like adult summer camp.

    Ambika: I'm sure you'll be happy again. I know I'm new to sewing and that I get discouraged all the time, but when it clicks, it feels so good. It will happen!

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  14. oh! lucky you! well done, you're really pushing yourself sewing wise, it's paying dividends already! (check you and your 90%). can't wait to see Oreo's first modelling assignment!

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  15. you're so Project Runway!

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  16. this is so cool! that's some inspiring initiative you got there! i'm going to have to see if there's anything like that class in sf.

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  17. ha! way to go lady. industrial machines really are the best. i wish i could own one.

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  18. i definitely agree those machines are scary! but i still want one.

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