Catherine and Heather have both experienced similar frustrations in the search for a credible and reliable sewing, textiles and fashion teaching resource for learners. This project will benefit us both in our teaching areas, and the students that we work with, which assures us that it will also benefit others at the secondary and post-secondary levels of fashion and textiles education.
Within the fashion, sewing, and textile classrooms it is a challenge to find a textbook on the topic of sewing that covers the range of skills and techniques taught within these learning spaces. Typically to supplement student learning, handouts will be utilized along with in-class, and in-person demos. The open-source and online format of this OER will enable educators to continually update the resource to meet current student needs, learning outcomes, and reflect best practices within the apparel and fashion industry. Content in this OER supports skills and knowledge learned within the classroom while providing supportive resources for learners. This open-source learning resource contains details and step-by-step instructions, supported with images, videos, and text.
This resource will be continually worked on, with videos, text, and information being added. The vision for this resource is to provide learning resources to the sewing community – an array of learners, with multiple ways of ‘how-to’.
Through sewing, we might learn much, but we might also use it as a form of expression, as communication. Claire Hunter starts the last chapter of her book, Threads of Life, with, “sewing is a visual language. It has a voice. It has been used by people to communicate something of themselves…” (2019, p. 276).