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Published 11/09/2013 by Donna Kennedy

Traditionally November and December have been a bit quiet, but that is changing with a decided increased interest in sewing.  Later today, I am meeting three new individuals for their guided shopping trips.  That’s a first to have three in one day!  This is going to be so much fun, and I will likely talk myself hoarse in the process (just kidding!).  Evening classes are filling quickly so for best choices, I recommend that you book early and/or at regular intervals if you so desire.

Evening update-  All three individuals have completed their shopping trips successfully this afternoon and evening, and each one is eager to start her first in home class in their respective homes.  Those will begin in just a few days as they have been scheduled during each individual’s shopping trip.  Piyatida S. plans to make children’s clothing, where Ryan S. and Malea S. are preparing to enter fashion design programs.  Please join me in welcoming them!


November Update

Published 11/08/2013 by Donna Kennedy

Hi All!  Well, November is already here and the realization that I’ve not posted to here for quite some time has just been noticed.  😦

As has become the norm for my students, new ones come and old ones go.  I’m always sad to see someone leave.  However, I am consoled by the fact that it’s all about empowering the individual to learn new skills.  That is far more important than anything.  Not everyone wants to learn in the same way or learn the same things, and that’s the beauty in what I do.  I do appreciate everyone and the wonderful experiences that I have had the privilege to share as each one grows their skills.

Here is an update as to what some of my students are doing, in no particular order……

Andrea M.  continues on and the variety of projects she chooses is pretty wide.  She recently made a three piece set of cushions for a window seat using tapestry fabric, zippers, and piping.  The end result was pretty amazing and done perfectly!

Erica M. took a lengthy break for personal reasons but will be resuming classes shortly.  I do know her potholder count was in excess of 20 at last count.  I look forward to welcoming her back!

Dyana F. and Jessica B. are new and are working on developing a swimwear line.  In their earliest days, and in the absence of an iron initially, they had me in hysterics when they brought out a flatiron for hair to use for ironing on their aprons.  So…..now the line is……no iron, no ironing board, NO problem! Ha!  Working with the two of them is a riot from beginning to end!

Leigh Ann W. is starting on a set of baby doll jammies following an emergency Jo-Ann’s run.  I apparently did not coach her properly in measuring and pattern selection, but it’s all good as we were able to find an acceptable choice for her jammies.  Go Leigh Ann!

Jeravae C.  is becoming nicely acquainted with her sewing machine at this time.  In the next few days she will be shopping for supplies to make a unitard.  She is looking forward to the challenge as she does competition ballroom dancing.  Short term plans are underway to begin making wearing apparel for Latin dance routines for her use.  We will be enlisting the assistance of a mannequin for this.

Mackie R. (now 11) has completed her first quilt for a cousin’s new baby.  She is currently working on Mommy & me aprons for the holidays.  Her mom, Diana, is a great facilitator for the projects Mackie chooses.  It is such a joy to spend time with them watching Mackie’s skills increase.  She is working with a full size sewing machine and will be “growing into” it for a good while to come.

I’m certain this doesn’t even come close to mentioning everyone, but I wanted you to have a sampling of the variety I see on a regular basis.  Probably you can see that life is never dull for me!  This has been a great year thus far and I look forward to the future with all these wonderful individuals and there are others yet to come.  Thanks everyone!

Just a little update

Published 05/04/2013 by Donna Kennedy

Hi and thanks for visiting my website.  I don’t often post here myself as I don’t want to have folks think I am here to blow my own horn!  But don’t think I won’t if I get a chance to!  🙂

Let’s see…..time for a little update….. Of late, the pre-teen students are beginning to come on board.  I currently have 2 ten year olds that I am working with (moms included here!) and a 7 year old in the wings that I expect I will be meeting shortly.  I typically prefer to start children at about the age of 8, but there are some that are ready sooner, it’s just so individual as you well know.  Any child that shows an interest and has the capability to focus on a task within their age range, is more than welcome to become a student.  Children will start with simpler projects, many of which involve sewing in straight lines (not perfectly of course!)  I do expect at least one parent to be actively involved here as the child needs a resource in between classes, so moms, you also get to learn for the same class fee that you pay for your child!  I consider it a win-win situation for all.  Hope you will as well!

Other developments since this website has started….  We have had an apron queen-at last count, Jessica M. had made over a dozen aprons.  Not to be outdone, next comes Andrea M. with PJ bottoms numbering at least 12 if not more.  To her credit, she took the pattern that is taught here and changed it up in size to fit the slightly more generous figures of some of her relatives.  After that, she got even more creative and has added contrasting ties and other fabric contrasts to the jammies.  Next comes Erica M. with at last count 11 potholders.  Who knows, she could have even more made by the time I see her next week!  So if you have something that you learn to do, and love to do, I wouldn’t be surprised to see your name appear here as well.  Absolutely everyone needs to be given a pat on the back for their efforts.  Next comes Hope R., who wears suits as an executive.  Her issue is in order to get the jacket to fit, she needs a size larger than her slacks.  The high quality suits she was purchasing, did not have the option to buy the pieces separately.  Last week, she deconstructed then reconstructed a pair of those pants and got them altered (with a bit of help) to a fit she could be proud to wear.  I’ve no doubt that she is going to go on to more involved and difficult alterations fairly quickly.

I will try to post a bit more often with project updates, so check back now and again for the latest news!

2012 in review

Published 12/30/2012 by Donna Kennedy

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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