Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Master Sewing and Design Certification Program, The Textile Module

As with everything, I'm a little behind. I had hoped to get back to the drafting posts for the Master Sewing and Design Certification Program last week. They are coming, so please bear with me.
I'm very excited though as I am ready to take my first test. It will be on the Textiles Module. I had a textbook that I had used when I was in school and thought that it would be a great resource until I found such a blatant error. Since then, I've looked for a book that I thought would put me on the right track and I am very happy to say that I found a wonderful book, Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide.
I had purchased another book that looked wonderful online only to be very disappointed when it arrived. That book was returned and I decided to give Claire Shaeffer's book a try. I was so happy when it arrived. It contains everything I wanted and so much more.
In the back of the book are a number of  Appendixes that cover burn tests, an extensive guide on interfacings, needles as well thread.
There are 6 chapters that cover everything from Fiber Content to Sewing Techniques. I have found the information to be extensive and thorough.

Within the chapters, you'll find many photographs like these found in the first chapter, The Basic Guide for Sewing Any Fabric. I especially like how she showed the same garment made in 2 very different fabrics.  

Throughout the book, you'll also find lots of little helpful hints like this one,
Jilly of www.jillybejoyful.blogspot.com did a great tutorial on covering hardware washers which you can find here, http://jillybejoyful.blogspot.com/2012/12/covered-washer-pattern-weights-tutorial.html 
And just for a little fun, I found this beautiful suit designed by Anne Kendall of Apple Annie Fabrics in the section on denim. Spectacular piece!
At the moment, I'm just waiting to hear back on when and how to take the test. Of course I will let you know how I did!!! Wish me luck :)

*Now, a little note on the day at hand, Thrifty Thursday. I should have the post up in just a few hours. I'm sewing the binding on the coat that I made to go with the clutch I made last week. If you've made a clutch, you will be able to link yours to the post and next week I will showcase all of the cluthes on The Wednesday Showcase post. There's still time to get your clutch made as you will be able to link up until Tuesday of next week, so get busy!!!!   

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  1. I agree. This book is a great resource and near my machine all the time.

    1. I'm so happy that I found it. Super resource!

  2. That book looks great. I always buy fabric on impulse and then am never sure if it is suitable for something or not. Would never have believed that that suit was made of denim. It is an amazing design. Wishing you all the best for your test. I am sure that you will stroll it. xxxx

  3. Its settled I'm going to put the book on my Christmas list, thank you for the great insight. Good luck on your test.....I'm positive you passed with flying color!!!

    1. I think this would be a fabulous Christmas present. You are going to love it!

  4. I can't believe it you didn't know about Claire's book before - I've been using the earlier edition forever! It's such a great resource. I especially love how many photos of samples she incorporated in the new revision.
    Glad to hear you're testing on a module now - best of luck!

  5. I am probably a bit late to wish you luck, but I'm sure you didn't need any :). I have Claire's first version of that book.