Starting with the BASIC SKIRT

Our first project in THIRD YEAR FASHION DESIGN is the Basic Skirt..

Traditionally it is done on the dressform, using style tape, pins, scissor, and muslin but thanks to Rona we are focusing on the other form of patternmaking … FLAT PATTERN

Flat pattern requires the use of SLOPERS, pattern paper, pencils, ruler, scissors, pins, french curve, eraser and sharpener..

What do we need?

What will it look like?

Part 1

Part 2 – All about EASE

Don’t forget the EASE!

Part 3 – Adding Seam Allowance

Adding Seam Allowance

Part 4 – Back Skirt

Part 5 – Pinning the Skirt Pattern Together

Soooo.. how will you do??

Your next task is to recreate your OWN basic skirt pattern using the video tutorials!

You must take pictures of your process
STEP BY STEP, document each part in a picture and create a slide presentation that shows your pattern!

Safety First – Welcome to 429!

Short Vid on ‘How to start your day in Room 429’

DON’T Mind the ZIT! It just had to make an appearance!

Reminder, for everyone’s safety it is a must to handle your OWN tools. Sharing will not be encouraged as cross-contamination can affect your health. The only way to avoid this is….. WASHING your hands and Wearing your Mask!!

I will also have disinfecting wipes to clean tools, surfaces and work spaces for added protection.

See you soon!

Turning the Sarong DRAFT into a PATTERN

Let’s walk through the process….

Pin it down on straight grain, separate PLEAT slashes EVENLY
My 3 are 1” apart
Trace ALL lines with correct tool
Connect your pleats by drawing in the lines
Close Up
Remember those Notches, they mark important points!
All lines traced
Add seam allowance
and make sure all notches are in before removing Draft
and completing pattern
Final touches
There you have it!
Front Sarong Skirt Pattern for Right Side

I will cut out in fabric soon, Stay Tuned!

***ONLY If this is the skirt you want to do for your FINAL PROJECT, complete pattern on PATTERN PAPER.

Sarong Skirt DRAFT

The sarong skirt draft is for the right side of the front ONLY.. This draft is then turned into a pattern. You do not create this slash and spread process on the left side of the front skirt.

Can you hypothesize why? If you can come up with the answer, I will award you with extra credit!

Here goes….

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

That’s a Wrap!!!…….. get it?

Yoke Skirt with Gathers DRAFT


Here goes!!

Part 1 – Front
Part 2 – Front
Part 3 – Front
Part 4 – Front
Part 5 – Front

Then there’s the Back

Part 1 – Back
Part 2 – Back
Part 3 – Back
Back with Gathers
Finished Product

That’s all Guys! You can do it!

Smartphones ARE learning tools, now lets have regulation to back it up!

Teacher Leaders is a program sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers that seeks out to group instructors that are willing to research a topic within the world of education that urges attention.

The goal is to bring these important matters to light, introduce them backed with data, findings and recommendations and finally ACTION.

My topic? Why do Smartphones merit separate NYC DOE regulation?

A survey was sent to ALL stakeholders in our school communities.
PARENTS – STAFF and the most important one, STUDENTS

The survey asked multiple questions about Smartphones in the classroom.
Although some of the answers were expected – 100% of all respondents stated YES, I own a smartphone, others were surprising. POSITIVE activity is at a HIGHER RATE than NEGATIVE ones experienced by students, over 50% of all students.
This is sigh of relief for all us that worry incessantly about how smartphones are and will continue to affect our children emotionally.

My ultimate goal was to bring attention to:

From a lifeline from parent to child, to a storage device that holds your life’s moments in sometimes unsaved images, to digital currency that has the power to replace your actual wallet and be used to pay for items with a single tap, all of these things are just a few capabilities of today’s phone.
Long gone are the day’s when we used them to just ‘TALK’; today we experience ANXIETY if we don’t have them near and in too many cases, it’s the last thing we see before we go to sleep, not our children, not our loved ones that may sleep beside us….. it’s a smartphone.

We know it’s importance.. now we need legislation to establish it.

After all of the hard work completed by myself and my colleagues in this cohort, I am reminded of the purposeful work we are dedicated to and more importantly WHO we do it for, our students.

Thank you to all that participated in my project’s journey.. students, parents and staff that offered data.
The administrators at Fashion High that gave support and guidance, and made my research possible.

And finally my external support system, friends, family, my partner John Gaffney and my therapist.. I can today, because you exist.

Curvy Lab meets

Today Curvy Lab juniors met in Google Meets. The meeting was recorded to serve the students that couldn’t make it.


Pardon the frazzled hair, the plain face, blame it on the quarantine! And yeah.. I speak a bit fast.. I thank my students that pace me with their questions when they don’t understand…

Remember to log on to Google Classroom for assignments.

Virtual Curvy Lab – What’s on the agenda?