One of the first assignments you’ll receive when you take Intermediate Construction may surprise you. It’s the project known as the “closet clean-out.” Students are asked to take an inventory of their clothing and reorganize it. The purpose is for students to determine their clothing needs and thus their sewing projects for the semester. Although it may not be the most glamorous task, it is a fascinating exercise, as students who’ve done it can testify:
“I honestly have been having so much fun trying different combinations and styles without having to buy anything new.”—Rozella Soriano
After many years of collecting without discarding much, it’s a bit challenging for some:
“I ripped everything out of my closet, piling it on the floor, half way up to the ceiling.”—Gretchen Boettcher
But the clean-out helps students decide what they want to focus on with their sewing:
“As I build my skills as a better seamstress, I would like to create garments that are unique, one-of-a-kind items that I can wear to special occasions.”—Cynthia Sartori
“My sewing projects will be for tops, casual jackets, and projects that I feel will enhance and challenge my sewing skills.”—Cathy Imbler
Once you’ve done this assignment and completed your new just-for-you pieces in class, you should end up with a wardrobe that reflects your lifestyle and includes garments that work together. One thing is certain: You’ll never look at your closet—or your clothes—the same way again!