Patience Key to Teaching, Learning Art of Sewing
Byline: Eloise Podraza
Handmade may refer to homespun simplicity or pricey sophistication, but for children in Villa Park and surrounding areas, it can simply mean satisfaction.
At least that's part of what sewing teacher JoAnn Jezuit of Addison tries to impart to youngsters who create with cloth.
"I use the 'Kids Can Sew' program," she said. "It's simplified for children. We can start with 6-year-olds, but I prefer working with 8-year-olds and older."
She gives sewing instruction at Minnesota Fabrics on Roosevelt Road, on the south edge of Villa Park.
Jezuit says that just like the craft itself, teaching kids to sew requires a lot of patience, whether it's for a sleeveless dress or the "wearable art" jackets she makes for herself.
"With kids, you have to overlook some things and can't expect perfection. They begin with simple things like a round-neck blouse or an easy pair of pants with an elastic-casing waist," she said. "We also offer variations to basic patterns, like attaching a ruffle - if there's enough material left - to a nightshirt."
Students sometimes dream about making garments far beyond their expertise.
"They think after two lessons they're ready to set the world on fire and ask about making swimsuits," she said with a laugh, indicating even many longtime seamstresses shy away from such formfitting projects. …