Fairlawn Primary School

Being stuck!

So, today I started using the sewing machine! I was ready to sew, and ready to go! I felt very nervous as I have never used a sewing machine before. The other thing I didn’t realise was that reading a sewing pattern is like reading a different language; there were lots of things I didn’t understand, and I had to ask a lot of questions!

Lots of people needed help this week. There are 10 people on the course, and only one teacher! There were lots of times when I was sitting around waiting for help – I was stuck. It’s not a nice feeling being stuck, and when we’re REALLY stuck, it’s hard to know what to do to help yourself. I was very lucky as I was sitting next to a very helpful lady who has some experience of sewing. We were both stuck, so we decided to put our heads together and help each other. Collaborative learning is so important, especially when we are feeling a bit stuck. With the help of my friend, I was able to move my learning on without the teacher. This is something I want you all to think about this week. Next time you are REALLY stuck, ask your friends for help. This doesn’t mean they do it for you, it just means that they will give you a helpful nudge in the right direction.

I now have the 2 back panels of my top sewn together. I don’t have it with me at the moment, but as soon as I do, I will take a photo for you all.

Thanks for reading, and happy learning!

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Giving people thinking time

I am really enjoying my lessons, but something has been quite difficult. It is supposed to be a course for complete beginners, however I am the only complete beginner! The others have all made clothes before. This makes me feel like I am at the ‘bottom’ of the class, and sometimes, when the teacher asks a question, people answer it very quickly and often they ‘shout out’. I find this really frustrating as it means I don’t get to think for myself. I think it’s really important that we think about that at Fairlawn. Make sure you give other children time to think, even if you know the answer, as it can be really frustrating when you want to think something through.

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Managing Distractions!

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I set up everything on my kitchen table, so that I could complete my learning at home. As you can see from the photo, my cat had other ideas!! Apparently making clothes is something that interest my cat (her name is Jasmine). Luckily, my husband was home so he took her away so that I could concentrate. It made me think about how tricky it can be when you are surrounded by distractions when you are learning, and how important it is to move yourself (or your cat!!) away. After she had left the room, I concentrated hard on my learning and here is the finished result! Tada!!
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So far, so good!

I have now had three lessons on making clothes, and I am really enjoying myself! Last week was my first learning to learn challenge. Before I go into that, let me give you a brief run down of what we have learned so far:
Session 1: We did lots of health and safety stuff so that we can use the sewing machines safely throughout the lessons. We also took our measurements and learned how to buy a pattern. The patterns scared me; they look like they are written in another language! I made sure I asked the teacher lots of questions so that I was really clear about what I was doing.
I bought a pattern to make a simple top, and some lovely denim material. I had no idea what I was doing in the material shop, so I asked a lady to help me! Sometimes we just need someone to point us in the right direction with our learning.
Session 2: We looked at patterns and cut out the correct size for us.
Session 3: This was a real test of my perseverance! We had to pin our patterns to the material ready to cut out. I did mine with ten minutes to spare, and was really pleased with myself…until the teacher came over to me and told me I had done it wrong! She gave me two options: leave it as it is, or start again. I decided to start again as I wanted to get it right. I felt like giving up, but then I thought about resilient Rosie and what she would do! She would keep going and not give up! So, that’s what I did.  I unpinned my pattern and told the teacher I would finish it at home. Wish me luck!!
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