|Probably not too many of you will be dropping by this area for an extended stay, but what the heck...
CSC Sewing School has different programs geared for different purposes: hobbyist, professional in training, professional. The school is only open three days per week, and classes are given in two-hour blocks. The most popular class is "Hobby Sewing," where you work on a project of your choice from start (making the pattern) to finish. When there is a new technique to learn in the project, you must purchase a practice packet which has all the materials needed to make a sample, including instructions. The whole sample is made up, put in a notebook, and then you move on to the real thing. Some of these packets include different types of zipper applications, welt pockets, lining, etc.
The professional classes include pattern drafting, industry sewing, and CAD patternmaking. The people in the professional classes are often working toward licensing.
I am taking pattern drafting and sewing. The pattern drafting class is a theory class. We use the textbook for Level 3 Patternmaking, and if after finishing the book I choose to take the test (and pass), I can get the license and move up to Level 2. I haven't decided whether I want to go on the professional track yet, so am taking it under the "hobbyist" umbrella of classes (both registration and cost is different depending on the track). Most recently, we learned how a sloper is made by draping on mini forms, then transferring the markings to paper to make a flat pattern. Our slopers were compared to industry standard slopers, and it was interesting to see how little difference there is between them. It is all a matter of how and where the darts are placed, and how much ease is included.
In sewing class, it is required to make a simple back wrap skirt as a first project; after that, you can choose anything. Before making a coat, however, the first set of packets must be completed: various zippers, welt pockets.
The camaraderie is great. Everyone really gets into everyone else's projects and there is lots of support.
The main minus of this class is that although one can choose any two hour block(s) to attend, except for patternmaking, which is only given specific days and times, there are only two teachers and a roomful of people working on different projects. It sometimes feels that a lot more could get done if the teachers were more available. You can ask them for help anytime, but if they are in the middle of helping someone else, you have to wait until they are done. Of course, that is how it is in just about any class, but here noone is working on the same thing and the teachers are flitting back and forth and sideways around the room to get to everyone.
Here's a sample of the text and one of the packet texts (have to scroll down to see the fly front zipper application sample and text):
Here's a link to some classroom pics:
You can't see too much in these, though.
Since there aren't very many schools like this around, some of the students come from relatively far and stay for more than one class block.
P.S. This class is not in Hawaii, but I needed to fill the state in and that's the closest!