Sunday, 3 November 2013

Snow day!!

So, I hope you've all heard by now that tomorrow is a snow day!   Enjoy sleeping in - I still have to be at work :-)

So, we will have only one last class of Fashion!   Please be sure to bring your completed assignment from last week.   The basic class schedule will be:

1. 20 minutes to finish the assignment, ask me any last questions you may have.  I will bring fabric samples for the questions that require them.

2.  Mark the assignment as a class

3.  Quiz
  - all the sewing skills that you have learned.  Using the machine, types of stitches, etc
  - assembling the hoodie - I will tell you the steps, you put them in order 
  - recognize hoodie pattern pieces, and how they were laid out on the fabric
  - name examples of natural and synthetic fibres
  - recognize fabric that is knit vs. woven - what they look like, and benefits of each. 

4.  When you finish the quiz, clean out your Sobeys bag.  
  - Pack up anything you wish to take home
  - donate anything you don't want that the Fashions program might be able to use. 
  - return your textbook to the Learning Commons

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I have absolutely no excuse to make for myself

Oktapodi, by l'école des Gobelins [3D animated short film]

Fashion 10 - week of Oct 15-18

Good morning.

Mrs. Aalhus has ordered our sweatshirt kits, and they should be here tomorrow.  Today is a work day:

  • textbook questions from 1 1/2 weeks ago!
  • pattern worksheets - 4 of them, on front table, all due today.

  • You can work on your PJ's ONLY after the paper work is done.
QUIZ FRIDAY on pattern layout and markings.  You should know:
  • vocabulary such as
    • selvage edge vs. cut edge
    • right side vs. wrong side
    • (warp and weft)
    • (bias)
    • grain line (and why it's important)
  • how fabric is measured in Canada (yards or meters?)
  • how to properly lay out pattern pieces and cut them
    • how to choose which layout diagram you should use (4 things you'll need to know)
  • the various fabric markings.  See worksheet
    • notches, darts, tailor tacks, etc.
    • "grainline" vs. "place on fold"
  • What info is on the instruction sheet?
  • How to decide how much fabric you need to buy

sometime next week...

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Freedom Writers project

The project for this movie is to write about what you hope your high school experience will be like, and what you will need to have and do to MAKE it what you need.  Details on the assignment are here:

Freedom Writers Project

It is due on Thursday, October 10 at the end of Flex time.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Fashion - txt book questions

Due Wednesday

Using pages 481 - 498

Answer page 498 #1,2,4,5,6,7,10,12,13,14,15,16,17

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Laundry Quiz tomorrow!

Hello folks:

The notes pages that we took in class today (Tuesday) are linked below, so if you missed anything you can look it up.

Tomorrow's quiz questions are:
1. Explain how to correctly decide what temperature setting to use on your iron.
2. Describe 5 features of a steam iron
3. First aid for a burn
4. Why does an iron need an automatic shut-off
5. I give you 5 care symbols, you tell me what they mean
6. I show you pictures of 3 pieces of pressing equipment; name them and explain the purpose
7. Why is it important to press a garment as you construct it?
8. What is the difference between pressing and ironing?

Monday, 23 September 2013

Culture Days

As we discussed in class on Monday, this week is Alberta Culture Days.    Ms. Zenchuk's cosmetology classes have invited us to have our hair styled as part of the festivities.  We will be meeting with them on Thursday, September 26.  Have clean hair ready to be styled, or bring a pot-luck food item to share. 

Write your own eulogy

Your assignment for this week is to write your own eulogy.   What do you want people to say about you at the end of your life?   What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind you?

Assignment: Imagine the eulogy that you want to be read at your funeral (assuming that you live at least another 60 years or so!)

Write this eulogy, either as paragraphs, a slideshow presentation, or another format that has been approved by Mrs. Gillard.  If you use a computer, create it on Google Drive and share it with Mrs. Gillard.  

The marking rubric that we build in class on Tuesday will be linked here.  

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Zipper tutorial

I will come show you the assembly for the zipper pocketif I can.  If you want, I've got yesterday's tutorial on youtube here:

Monday, 16 September 2013

Multiple Intelligences

If you missed last Monday's class, or would just like to re-take a test to find what your MI strengths are, try this one:

It should give you a printout of your top skills.   You'll need it for Tuesday's class.

You may also want to read the article about Donovan Bailey online.

I will be asking some people in class to add suggestions onto this list of occupations and jobs

Today's assignment is here

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Parts of a sewing machine - geek version

How many fandoms can you find?  Answer in the comments.

Learning Strategies Sept 9 - 12

On Monday, we began looking at Multiple Intelligences, and you took a survey to figure out some of your own strengths.  We will spend more time on this next week.

Tuesday through Thursday, Mary was here from Youth Unlimited, talking to us about Leadership skills.  I think you all really enjoyed meeting her and playing some of her games (and getting her candy!)  Thank you for the respect and welcome that you gave her.

Friday will be a homework day.  Bring something to work on.   Mr. Rankin tells me that he assigned a project for Humanities yesterday, so you can work on that if you have nothing else.

Have a good night!
Mrs. G

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Fashion Studies - September 9 - 13

September 9.   

Finish stitch sampler assignment
Make the pattern for your wallet
Worksheet in your package: "Using a sewing machine"

September 10.

Finish making the pattern and checking it with Mrs. Gillard
Cut out the pattern pieces and use them to cut out interfacing.
Finish the worksheet in the module titled "Using a sewing machine"

September 11 - short class due to Pancake Breakfast

Quick demo of pressing
Hand in workbooks so that I can mark the "Parts of a Sewing Machine", "Using a sewing machine", and the Stitch Sampler
Choose and begin to cut out wallet fabric

September 12

Full pressing demo and discussion of features of steam irons. Notes. 
The Wallet - go through the score sheet and self-evaluate the first two points 
** Pull the tags out of your Sobey's bags***
Fuse the interfacing to your fabric.
Partner practice for TOMORROW'S QUIZ

For the quiz, you should know:

  • sewing machine parts and what they do - I'll describe 12 parts and ask what they're called
  • the 3 main stitches: Regulation, Basting, and Reinforcing
  • two short answer questions about using the machine

September 13

Quiz on parts of a sewing machine
Sew the card pocket
** you must have a passing grade on the stitch sampler before you can do this!   At least 3 people need to finish this. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Student discount at Fabricland

Good news!  The staff at Fabricland have agreed to give a 20% discount to Fashion students who come in looking for project supplies.  You do not need a store membership or student ID; just tell them that you are in a sewing class and buying fabric and tools, and they will give you 20% off.

The Red Deer branch of Fabricland is west of downtown, behind the Superstore, in the old A & B Sound Building

  1. Address: 5239 53 Ave, Red Deer
    Phone:(403) 343-1277

Welcome Grades 10s

Welcome to Lacombe Comp, and to Connections

An Open Letter to Students Returning to School

In which John Green gives advice to students returning to school for summer break, discusses the reasons public education exists, and celebrates the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, among many great things that have happened to humans since we began to invest in public education


It was great to meet all of you yesterday - it sounds like many of you are definate people persons!  Thanks for sharing with the the Good, Bad and Ugly of your first day.

Please watch this space for announcements and news. I will try to give you warning if we are going off school grounds to volunteer, for example.

Today's class will be mostly about building relationships and setting some ground rules and understandings among us - and I'll be trying really hard to learn all of your names!

Tomorrow we will start into the main course, beginning with the Course Outline. I've printed you a copy, but in case you lose it (ha ha!), here is an online copy.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Fashion Studies - September 3 - 6

The General plan for the first week is below.  It is subject to change as the situation shifts.  As a friend of mine once told me: "Never make plans - it just begs fate to come smack you around.  This is only a gist".

September 3: Grade 10 Welcome

  • introductions
  • class outline and classroom expectations
  • supplies list

September 4: sewing machine demo

  • Ms. Aalhus will be here to show all of us (myself included) the basic parts of a sewing machine.  For those who already know how to use a sewing machine, she'll be pointing out the pitfalls and idiosyncracies that come with this particular model.
  • We will go over the course outline and classroom expectations in more detail, and repeat the supplies list for anyone who wasn't here yesterday.

September 5: sewing paper

  • Get your textbooks - be sure you have your ID card and receipt. 
  • You can begin the theory work for the first module... parts of a sewing machine, etc.
  • using an old needle and scrap paper, you'll have a chance to practice sewing straight lines, curves, and zigzags

September 6: sewing fabric

  • using scraps of fabric, you'll have a chance to practice sewing straight lines, curves, and programmed stitches

September 9: stitch sampler

  • on scrap fabric, you will create a sampler that demonstrates your ability to sew a variety of different stitches and to press them properly.

September 10: sewing paper

  • draft the pattern and carefully read all of the instructions

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Welcome to Fashion 10

Hello, and welcome to Fashion 10 at LCHS.  Post for your fashion class will be tagged Fashion 10, and ypu can see my tags in the sidebar.  I will use this blog to attached important documents that you'll need for class, such as

By MONDAY, you should have collected or purchased your tool kit:
  • a small container, pencil case or box to hold equipment
  • a pair of fabric scissors
  • a seam ripper
  • a container of dressmaker’s pins
  • a fabric marker
  • a small package of hand sewing needles
  • one or two safety pins
  • a spool of white,  regular weight sewing thread

Please be patient with me - I love sewing, and I'm really looking forward to this year, but this is my first time teaching a sewing class since I was a 4-H member!  (Don't ask how long ago that was ;-))   Please feel free to call, text or email me if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mrs. Gillard

Phone: 403.782.8726 x 5119

Text: 587.328.0028

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Online versions of Module courses

These hyperlinks should take you directly to the online versions of the to Module courses used in Transitions program at LCHS.


English Language Arts

Social Studies


Math 20-2: Course Multimedia

Math 20-3: Course Multimedia


To access any online lab, follow these directions:

CTS Courses

Health Services HSS1010

Agriculture AGR3000

CTS Resources

As I find time, I will be scanning the print modules to PDF, and posting them here.

Please be patient with me, and let me know if there is a particular course you'd like me to put to the top of my "to do" list.

Agriculture 1010 - Introduction to Agriculture

Monday, 26 August 2013

Useful files and documents for Chemistry 20 modules

Chemistry 20 Folder on Google Drive

Formula sheet

Outline of the Final exam


Hello.   I hope that everyone is as eager as I am to get back to work after our summer vacation.

Just to introduce myself... I have been teaching in Wolf Creek since 2004, beginning as a substitute at several area schools, and an exciting three years at West Country Outreach School in Rimbey.  That's where I met some wonderful people and learned a whole about alternative education.  Before that, I worked in Calgary doing chemical analysis of transformer oil, and also site assessment and remediation for oil well sites. 

This photo is me on the last day of vacation... You should know that I am normally MUCH more professional than this!

My husband and I are enjoying our first summer in our new home.  As you can see, we still have quite a lot of landscaping to be done, as our "patio" is a set of sidewalk blocks.   We have no children, but our two cats keep us entertained.  The fluffy one rolling in the dust is Princess Anastasia, and the fuzzy one chewing on my wrist is Mister Mistoffelees.  (Please don't ask... My husband named them).

During the winter I read (sci-fi), quilt, and knit. I also practice Taoist Tai Chi - meditation and exercise in one!

First Post and Blog Outline

Purpose:  Course planning and resources for my classes at Lacombe Composite

Audience:  students and parents

Content:  lessons and resources, for Learning Strategies 15 and for Fashion 10

Commitment: posting at least twice/week