One of the clothing items that I teach the children to make is a reversible, quilted, patchwork vest.
They decide whether they want to embellish it or not and they also have the choice of learning how to make welted pockets.
The first thing they do is bring a loose t shirt from home which we use to learn how to draft a basic pattern.
The pattern is transferred onto wrapping paper, freezer paper or newspaper, depending on what we have on hand.
They then have to sew 2 quilted patchwork pieces roughly in the shape of a rectangle which is slightly larger than their pattern pieces.
They cut out 2 front pieces and for those that are adventurous they can also make a patchwork piece for the back of the vest.
Now is the fun part. The embellishing. It can be done with buttons, or beads or fabric flowers or yoyos. Or for those that like a lot of bling all the options are available.
They love having access to my button and bead collections :)
2 of the students decided to work in blues, greens and turquoise. One likes bling the other does not.
Beginning to embellish. Great practice for hand sewing techniques.
She also decided to make yoyos so had fun choosing fabric circles.
Practical skills - teaching them young how to sew buttons on.
The first fitting and of course she wore a color coordinated t shirt underneath.
The first embellished reversible vest.
The second vest in similar color shades but this time no embellishing. Instead she chose to learn how to make welted pockets and used fabric from a blue sheet for the lining and the pockets.
Her welted pocket. This is the first time that she has made a welted pocket!
She chose 2 buttons for the front closure.
She wanted them to blend in so she chose a flat pale blue.
Her finished vest. They have a wonderful sense of accomplishment when they are done.
They learnt to draft patterns from clothing that they have, to create new quilted fabric from scraps, To sew welt pockets and to construct a lined reversible vest.
Next up are pants, skirts and dresses.