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Date: 10/22/11 5:47 PM

We are starting our second session of sewing classes for African immigrant women in our area. The first classes were a hit and everyone made something they could use.

We are trying to be more organized with this curriculum. The women have made french-seam pillowcases, plastic bag caddies and quilted potholders. Some have gone on to make a simple Hijab, scarf and skirt.

We would like to produce USEFUL and PRACTICAL items that might teach zipper installation, gathering, interfacing application or other necessary skills for garment construction.

I would really appriciate any creative suggestions.

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Date: 10/22/11 6:45 PM

Considering that they are moving to your area, I wonder if you might consider pooling your 50% off Joann coupons to help them learn to sew with polar fleece type products after working with conventional fabric? You could put your heads together and come up with a rectangular shawl size that would also be a good size for wrapping a baby or using as an extra toddler blanket. Perhaps a long polar fleece scarf designed with very easy pockets on the ends and/or a simple fleece hat. Your could incorporate long zippers into the scarf pockets so they could be used for secured pockets or a place to slip their hands in and keep them warm. A hat could incorporate gathering and interfacing instruction. They might enjoy combining polar fleece with traditional print fabrics.

For conventional fabrics, are these ladies using public transportation? Would they be in need of totes with a secured zipper pocket inside for their valuables? I'm thinking of something sturdy enough to lug milk and some groceries home. If you asked them about totes, there are probably designs that they are accustomed to using; whether it be over the shoulder, across the back, hand held, etc.

Are their living quarters short on drawer space and would they benefit from a simple hanging pocket organizer? Something with gusseted pockets for holding socks, underwear, etc.

And, this feels like an embarrassingly ignorant question on my part, but do they wear bras? Or, is this some other undergarment that they are used to wearing they would make a good sewing project? And, if you wanted to get into a little fitting, they would surely all appreciate camisoles this winter. Saw some article about making slippers with fat quarters. Who helps them with clothing when they arrive? They would probably have some great ideas.

Sounds like a joyful project.

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Date: 10/22/11 8:01 PM

I love lots of these ideas, especially the polar fleece scarves with the zippers.

I am now armed with six budding projects and will be on the lookout for simple patterns.

Thank you, thank you!

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