July 02, 2014

Far, far away - classes are over

Classes are finally over but this is always a bittersweet time....I have to say goodbye to my new Friends but yet I know they are going home with new knowledge and hopefully inspiration to make themselves some beautiful bras.

We did a class on style changes and that was a full house with16 in the class. I love teaching that class - there are so many design elements we can add to a bra by changing the strap attachment area, or the band, and by changing the seam lines on the cup.

The students were shown both a  2D method and a 3D method of changing the style lines. The paper draft is slightly more difficult than the 3D method of creating the new lines in foam. But the paper draft can be quicker to do, oddly enough. They had enough time in the class to sew up a cup from a style line they created and we were able to fit the cups they made.

Yesterday, on Canada Day, we did a half day class on Fabrics. This is a class that I thought would not be that well attended, as I assumed  that everything was already familiar with bra fabrics and how to choose them. I was wrong! That class was a real eye-opener for even some of the more experienced bra-makers.
Erin and I had prepared swatch packs of 40 fabrics before my trip and I gave each student a packet of fabric and a booklet where they could attach the fabric to a space for information. That way, all of the info they need in order to work with that fabric is available in their booklet.

So after saying goodbye to everyone and packing the car to bring all the supplies home, Bodil and I were able to sit down last night and discuss what we would do differently next year, and what to offer for classes. We welcome suggestions from everyone for course content and ways to make the conference even better! We have tentatively set the dates for next year as June 27 through July 7.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the students who attended, the staff and managers at the hotel Scandic Bromma, and most of all, a HUGE thank you to Bodil and Lillebror Friman, who made it possible for me to come and share their home, family and friends for the last two weeks!

Now it is time for some relaxation and some sightseeing, then home to Canada on Saturday!


2 comments:

  1. Hi Bev! Which class back at home in Hamilton would cover this fabrics class? I would LOVE the 40 swatch booklet and your info is gold! Thx, Lyn :)

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  2. Wow! This sounds like an amazing time. But I would love to get my hands on that fabric book resource! Sounds amazing. I'm really looking forward to the craftsy class - can't wait! g

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