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.
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.
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!