Make It Work: Cut and Sew Knits

8 days. 7 hours a day. Subject matter that is normally taught in an entire semester,  was delicately crammed into these short two weeks. 15 brave apparel student and one dedicated professor sacrificed their extended winter break to get a head start and make it work. With three garments sewn, a great addition to my portfolio, and a satisfactory knowledge of everything knits– I can confidently say that this class was a wise decision. 

Student constructed garments

Student constructed garments

The general pace of the class was to sew a garment every day. We made three garments in all and a prototype for every garment. So, for homework at night we would draft a pattern, and cut it out of the prototype fabric. The next day in class, we would sew our prototypes and fit them to our models in the afternoon. From there, it was pattern corrections and cutting out the fabric of our finals. The following day, we would sew our final garments in the morning and present in the afternoon. Very fast, but actually very fun. We also had the opportunity to inspect each others garments up close to learn from everyone’s personal mistakes and triumphs.

learning from each other

learning from each other

One of the garments I sewed

One of the garments I sewed

Draped detail in a neckline created by Leah Becker

Draped detail in a neckline created by Leah Becker

two of the garments I made: reversible men's hoodie and vest

two of the garments I made: reversible men's hoodie and vest

hand-dyed fabric!

hand-dyed fabric!

Katie and her final garment: with a cute waistband detail

Katie and her final garment: with a cute waistband detail

Sarah and Shelby modeling a vest made by Sarah

Sarah and Shelby modeling a vest made by Sarah

Susie and her final dress

Susie and her final dress

Ally showing off her final garment: a wrap cardigan

Ally showing off her final garment: a wrap cardigan

Angie modeling the shorts she made

Angie modeling the shorts she made

my final garment: a swimsuit with side cut-outs

my final garment: a swimsuit with side cut-outs

Maggie wearing the dress she made

Maggie wearing the dress she made

Goofing off

Goofing off

While this class called for a lot of time-management and focus, we couldn’t help but have a few laughs along the way. All in all, Winterm is pretty great. This time allows students to power through credits and have the time to pour their undivided attention into them. If you’re considering it for next year, I would absolutely recommend it!

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