The tasks were, however, quite a challenge, considering the amount of time set for each of them:
Producing an A-line skirt from a commerical pattern - with the insertion of an invisible zip.
Whilst sewing a skirt together might not be a big challenge for most, the insertion of that zip caused some problems.
The explanation as to what an A-line skirt is, was, however, a little superficial - you do not get an A-line shape by simply closing some waist darts (Lesson 2 of our course).
Changing a neck line of a finished top.
If already low neck lines are changed, there is, from the sewing point of few, always the risk of stretching the area due to excess handling.
But there is also the underlying problem with regards to the pattern - if the shape of such a neck line is tempered with (you lower it more or change the shape), there is almost always the risk of gaping due to the nature of the underlying pattern, which needs to be adjusted prior to any adjustments ("Altered Front Necklines").
Constructing and fitting a dress on a model.
This was probably the most difficult task. Each contestant used a commercial dress pattern and had to adjust it to the measurements of a model.
It was a little confusing as to how they should manage that - they measured their models first, but then most of the contestants decided to construct the dress first and fit it on the model to make alterations after that.
There was one contestant, who actually approached this task in a way, which could have led to success - unfortunately, she ran out of time.
One of the best ways to fit anything on a person, is to make up a "toile" - this is the professional term for a trial sample, which is often cut out in a different fabric and fitted on a person before cutting the garment in the real fabric (Lesson 1 of our course).
This would have taken some time, and it is doubtful, if anybody would have finished this process in the amount of time given.
Well, let's see that next Tuesday brings!
Happy Pattern Cutting!