Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Donna Kirby (tentative)
Southeast South June 29 Patti Colby and Nancy Stephenson
(Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Chester counties) Montgomery County 4-H Center
Southeast North Brad Kunsmen
(Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkil Counties)
Friday, March 1, 2013
Southwest--Pam Paletta, Mary Fidler—Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Beaver
Central--Dotty Bartek, Donna Kirby--McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Jefferson, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Blair, Somerset, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon, Fulton
Northeast South--Linda Hendricks--Mifflin, Juniata, Union, Snyder, Montour, Northumberland, Columbia, Lycoming
Northeast North--Jan Cohen, Karen Bracey--Bradford, Tioga, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne
Southeast Capital--Martha Gregory--Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Adams, Franklin, York, Lancaster, Lebanon
Southeast- Del/Val--Patti Colby--Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia
4-H Members Will:
- Select colors and silhouettes to enhance personal coloring and body type.
- Coordinate and accessorize an ensemble suitable to an occassion.
- Acquire poise, practice good grooming, and improve posture.
- Recognize good fit and quality construction.
- Enhance personal development through modeling and stage presence.
- Broaden interaction with youth from across the Commonwealth.
- Acquire new ideas and helpful suggestions and make improvements.
- Sharpen written application skills.
- Acquaint themselves with faculty, services, and facilities of The Pennsylvania State University.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
If you don’t sew, you might need some ideas of what to buy for a budding sewing enthusiast on your gift list. Good sewing equipment and notions help to encourage kids (and adultsJ) to keep on sewing.
Here are some of my favorite things:
Friday, July 27, 2012
As a leader we sometimes have to help our 4-Hers deal with disappointment. Our 4-Hers spend a lot of time, effort and money on their project and they want to be recognized for their efforts. We encourage them to enter their sewing projects in Fashion Revue, the county fair, and the Farm Show and the PA Make It With Wool Contest. Sometimes they receive an award or recognition and sometimes they don't. Many youngsters have not had any experience dealing with the disappointment that comes with not winning. As leaders we are dealing not just with the disappointment, but sometimes we even feel a little guilty! We think we should have suggested this, or insisted they change that--you can drive yourself crazy thinking about all the things you should have done, could have done wish-you-would have done.
I have learned a few things in my 20 plus years of being a leader and one if the most important is to prepare the 4-Hers for disappointment. I strongly encourage my students to participate in Fashion Revue. I talk a lot about the EXPERIENCE of Fashion Revue: how much fun it it, how much they will learn form the workshops, how nice it is to meet other 4-Hers who love to sew and are as interested in fashion as they are, how inspiring and motivating it is to see all the other outfits, how enjoyable it is to model their outfit, and how proud they will feel when someone says "I like your dress!" If they happen to win an award, that is just icing on the cake, but I encourage them not to expect it.
I repeat the words of Doris Thomas, who was the extension educator in Lancaster County when I was in 4-H. Every year at Fashion Revue she told us "another day, another set of judges, another winner". I repeat those words to my 4-Hers because I believe them. I want my students to know that every judge has a slightly different outlook on what is stylish or fashionable, what fits well and what is too big or too tight and the exact definition of good construction. One judge will love your purple shoes and another will think they are a bit over the top. One likes the machine hem and another thinks you should have done it by hand. And just because these particular three judges did not give your outfit an award does not mean that you did not do a great job or that your outfit is not terrific. And as leaders we sometimes have to remind ourselves of this too.
Learning to "lose gracefully", deal with disappointment and to look at every experience as an opportunity to learn are important lessons, for the 4-Hers, their parents and leaders.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|In the upper left quadrant, you can see the faint shadow |
of the tool that I placed behind the fabric.
That would be the shadow of legs when the dress is worn.
This year, one of “my kids” chose a wonderful, buttery soft, rayon knit that she found at Fabric Mart to make a dress with a circle skirt. At some point we realized that we were going to have shadows.
The solution: add a tricot lining/slip to the skirt only. (We found white tricot at GorgeousFabrics for $5/yard, in case you don’t have a local source.) She cut the lining exactly the same as the fashion fabric, assembled all four panels, and then basted the fashion fabric and the lining, wrong sides together, at the waistline.
|The skirt lining was assembled. |
Here you see one of the serged seams.
|Here, the unlined bodice is on the left, the lined skirt is to the right,|
and the seam with both fashion fabric and skirt lining runs from top
to bottom of the photo. She serged the edges of all the layers.
|Notice the double needle hem in the fashion fabric. |
Now the lining hangs below the hemmed skirt.
|Pins at finished hem length in fashion fabric.|
Lining was to be 1" shorter.
We were aiming to make the lining one inch shorter than the dress. While she was wearing the dress, I used pins to mark the place on the tricot where the fashion fabric was finished.
|Dissolving stabilizer was used to allow good tension |
on the light weight, single layer of tricot lining hem.
|Using a double needle to hem the tricot. |
She turned under the serged edge and
top-stitched with the double needle
to hem the tricot slip/lining.
After the tricot was serged, she turned under the edge and top stitched the ¼” tricot hem, again with the double needle. The stabilizer was still in there and it helped to make a nice stitch possible. Beautiful! Now she just needs to soak her hem in water for about 15 minutes and all of that stabilizer will disappear—like magic!
Alas, all of that wasn’t magic. It was the result of thinking ahead so that she won’t have to cope with a slip at Fashion Revue and wherever else she wears this special dress. It was the result of solving a problem—not following pattern instructions word for word, but thinking about possible solutions that would be do-able with her skill set and which would not take too much time. It was the result of thinking through the steps of the solution from beginning to end before we even began the sewing.
How have you been thinking ahead for your 4-H'ers? Are they thinking ahead for themselves? Please share with the rest of us!
Happy sewing--and don't forget the Fashion Revue registration deadline for your region!