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5387Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Teaching costuming

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  • Sylvia Rognstad
    Aug 1, 2004
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      What kind of projects did you do before the final one in order to learn
      how to sew?
      And how many weeks long was your class?

      On Aug 1, 2004, at 9:50 AM, C Vaerewyck wrote:

      > I do not teach costume construction however I took the class in
      > college. Once we were done learning the basics our final project was
      > of our choice. Our class spent a day at the fabric store. We each
      > chose a pattern and had to ok with the teacher. We found everything we
      > needed that day and spent the next few classes working on it. The last
      > day we all had to wear and model what we made. Even the actors in the
      > class enjoyed it because they were able to make something fashionable
      > they could wear everyday.
      >
      > Sylvia Rognstad <sylvia@...> wrote:I have a question for those of
      > you who teach costume construction.� I
      > taught it myself for 7 years and it was a constant uphill battle, as I
      > had to teach mainly acting students who didn't want to be there but
      > were required to.� I'm considering going back into teaching after a
      > long respite and am wondering how to make it a more interesting, even
      > possibly, an exciting experience for the students.� In my efforts to
      > teach sewing to total novices, I was constantly revamping the projects
      > to improve them.� In my last years at the job I was having the
      > students
      > make simple Elizabethan bodices, vests and hats.� My theory was that
      > they would learn something about costume history at the same time they
      > were learning how to sew and they would be making something they could
      > possibly use, either to wear to Renaissance Faires or as rehearsal
      > garments for plays.� This worked quite well with the girls because�
      > they loved the tight low cut slightly boned bodices they could wear
      > but
      > the guys were a different story altogether.� They never seemed to be
      > interested in anything they made for themselves.� Does anyone out
      > there
      > that teaches have any good ideas for appealing to male students?� And
      > if you have other ideas for simple class projects for both make and
      > female students, I would love to hear them.
      >
      > Thanx!
      > Sylrog
      >
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