Last week was a blast! I hope all the students had as much fun as I did.
We started out with the classic Brooklyn Sewcial Chicken Pin Cushion; This is one of my favorite projects!! We learn a variety of skills through the basics of making a stuffed animal: why/how to sew everything inside out, placing anything that will stick out on the inside of our stitching lines, clipping corners, machine stitching, hand stitching, sewing straight lines and so much more. The students this week really impressed me with their concentration and skills!
Then we moved quickly onto sweatshirts! This was a really challenging project, but the students killed it with limited need to pull out the seam ripper! We had set in sleeves and lined hoods for these hoodies, real skill building techniques. They used a variety of fabrics from Polar Fleece, shark printed minky to paisley printed ITY. They were each so fabulous and unique to everyone's personality. I have to say if I were to make one I would go shark print!!
What do you think of the hoodies? We played with sleeve length and fabrics. Anything can go for a fun summer pull-over. I found a very basic childrens pattern on Craftsy.com that can be used for T-Shirts, Hoodies and color blocked shirts. I recommend buying the pattern- You can even print it full size at Kinkos! http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/clothing/the-charlie-tee--hoodie---big-kid-sizes/52829
More to come on last weeks camp in the next few days.
This week we are doing things a bit differently at Brooklyn Sewcial Camp!
We will be stitching up some more complicated and in depth projects; this will mean we will be cutting back on the number of projects made to focus on bigger projects and develop different skills in sewing.
Some of the bigger projects we will be making are a hooded sweatshirt, aka "Hoodie", and a funky backpack. I love a snuggly hoodie in the summer months to keep me warm on the beach at night, once the sun sets. Kids are constantly growing out of their clothes and will love this as a summer staple. We will also be making zipper backpacks or "rucksacks". Also a great accessory for the beach to carry all the essentials: towel, sunscreen, sunnies, snacks, water, our favorite summer book, and of course- our newly made sweatshirt.
We will be posting all of the projects on our Instagram feed this week as they are completed, so make sure you are following.