Sorry I haven’t gotten back earlier but I have been busy with work and going to night school. I got my results last week and as I had known, I have to repeat Pattern Making Level 1 again.
Even though I did not pass, I did enjoy it. The teacher did slow down I felt. Some of the students still felt she did not. As for Ms. Armstrong’s book, I still feel that it is not as complete as it could have been. A former classmate of mine and a few others from other classes felt that there is a lot of steps left out in her book or are not complete or wrong. Also, my teacher (who teaches a good way) said that the book was wrong in the way that the princessline bodice was showing having an ease in the bust area. If you have the 4th edition, it is on page 119. She said that there should be no ease in the bust point. So in that instance, our teacher taught us a different way and not the way the book showed. My main problem I had was doing patterns for the skirts. Just trying to understand how to do a gore skirt for example was awful. May be if I sewed a little more, may be I would understand it better. Also I found that I did not get enough time in class to finish everything off that was taught in class in order to hand it in that night so handing in my samples in a timely fashion did not work so I was behind. The night we had our first test, I just froze and could not do it. Also, I was not feeling well that night so I just left. I did not get any points for that and not handing my projects in I got further and further behind. Another problem I had was placing of the notches on a skirt pattern or bodice. By the time I was getting around to doing them, it was getting late and everyone was packing up to go, including the teacher. Therefore, I was not sure where the notches went. I reviewed the book and most of the time it does not show you where they should go. If there were notches in any patterns in the book, they were not always situated in the same areas whether it be a skirt or bodice. I would like to know where exactly they should be placed and should they be placed in the same areas of skirts and bodices always?
I found out that the teacher that will be teaching in May is someone else. I have had her before when I was taking garment construction. She is very nice. The only thing is that I do not know how she will be teaching pattern making. I really liked the way my other teacher taught. She would place the tissue paper on the chalk board and go step by step while we did the same. One of my classmates before was telling me that her teacher used to just have people circle around her and she would do the steps then you had to go back to your table and do the same. She found that a lot of the students used to complain to one another that they could not see what she was doing because everyone was crowding around. To me that is not a good way to do it. I hope I can talk her into doing it the way the other teacher did it. I like the idea of doing it as the teacher is doing it. Also, I hope that I don’t fail again. It costs a lot to take these courses and to have to pay for it a third time, well, I don’t want to go there right now.