The Next Step
Posted 30 December, 08on:
For many years, C has helped me design the clothes I sew for him. He has designed several things for me. Learning to sew his own clothes was the next logical step. I fully admit that I have put him off for a while, uncertain of how to accommodate for his vision issues. Encouraged by his success and perseverance in the soft sculpture unit I taught to the 8th grade art class, worn down by his requests, we gave it a try today. He made a pair of pajama pants!
C was a great student. Knowing that he learns best by understanding the big picture, I used a Socratic method of teaching. I let him figure out the next step, or how to make it work, with me there just to point the pros and cons of his ideas. It would have been faster for me to simply tell him “do this, then do that.” I thought if he had a solid cognitive understanding of the process, he could better compensate for his vision. We enhanced the seam guides on the machine with bright post-it notes. He had to rip out on little part of his first seam because the fabric shifted. Other than that, he was spot on. He even used the serger. He really understood the importance of the details in sewing. As you might imagine, he was pleased as punch with the end result.
PS My apologies for the photo quality. Had to use my iPhone because the camera battery needs to be charged.