The fact that this will be my last In-Depth blog post ever is bittersweet. I’ll miss the long and arduous projects that lead to amazing and pride-inspiring results. In these past four weeks, I’ve spent time watching videos mainly about making patterns and preparing to make my own patterns for In-Depth. I’ve met with Ms. Learmonth once over the past few weeks as she’s been very busy with the West Side Story play, but mainly I’ve been pioneering my own journey and beginning to experiment more with fabrics and creating my final garments for In-Depth. I learned more about sewing and garment construction terminology, as well as how to apply them to real projects. For example, “darting” is a technique used to add shape to a garment, usually around the bust and waist. It takes in the fabric so it’s more body-fitting, and overall just changes the drape of a garment to make it more structured and tight.
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Ms. Learmonth and I have discussed concepts for my final garments and overall learning centre. De Bono stated that “one of the main values of identifying a concept is that [it] allows us to breed other ideas from other concepts” and I experienced this when brainstorming with Ms. Learmonth. I plan to have a more minimalist approach to my In-Depth centre this year, and Ms. Learmonth suggested that for areas I lack I can make up for by adding more creative or engaging elements that help me interact with the people viewing one-on-one. This brought to mind other ways I could show my learning and demonstrate the same knowledge through different mediums. The concept of balance in my centre between visual and engaging elements led me to come up with new ideas for my final product.
Ms. Learmonth has been very helpful when offering me alternatives because as a very busy teacher she knows a lot about flexibility and how to work around problems. For example, when I needed to come in to sew a top I had been working on but couldn’t find the fabric I needed, she generously allowed me to use some of the fabric for Costume Design as an alternative to buying my own fabric. In addition, she’s helped me come up with realistic goals for my project. I was quite ambitious in the beginning, but she helped me adjust my perspective and come up with more realistic decisions like making garments that use less fabric and require less sewing, as well as focusing mainly on tops.
I think that Ms. Learmonth was able to offer me such good alternatives is because her specialty is teaching, and such she’d more experienced with mentoring students and passing on her knowledge. An alternate mentor may not have had the resources or the willingness to allow me to use their fabric and would have insisted that the only way for me to get fabric would be to buy it myself. An alternate mentor may not have cared so much that my goals were unrealistic, and would have focused solely on getting me as far as I could go, perhaps without a completed garment to show for it.
My learning centre this year will be relatively simple. I plan on showing at least two garments, one of which being an example I’ll use of what not to do. I’ll explain where I went wrong and how I should have gone about sewing the garment. In addition, I’ll have several garment patterns available for people to look at and my previously sewn garments up for display. I’ll have my sketchbook there so people can see my initial ideas, and answer questions about how the pieces could hypothetically be made. Throughout the night, I’ll answer questions about my learning and journey. I’m going to focus mainly on the theory of my learning, as the actual results are a bit rough around the edges. I hope the audience will take away the amount of time I’ve put in learning about a topic I’m so passionate about, and hopefully inspire a few people to look into creating some of their own clothing or learning how to sew by engaging with the visitors at my station and allowing them to peruse the artifacts of my learning.