On September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM students in the FCSE 3080: Dress and Humanity Class at Utah State University will be showcasing their recycled fashions on the runway! If you are in the neighborhood, come check it out! I will post some pictures from past fashion shows to inspire you! This event is a service learning event that brings together food and fashion to raise awareness about hunger and sustainability! If you are coming, bring a can of food for the on-campus food bank!
Family and consumer sciences courses reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) content on a regular basis. Specifically, FCS courses provide students the opportunity to apply STEM concepts to real world issues and problems. One example can be illustrated in the clothing and textiles content area. During my time as a teaching educator, teachers have expressed interest in quilting practices integrated into the clothing and textiles classroom. When exploring the process of constructing a quilt, there are many STEM concepts/skills/behaviors that are addressed. Below is a document that outlines the connections between the National Standards for FCS and STEM standards. Feel free to download and pass it on!
This summer I had the pleasure of traveling to Phoenix the hear Martha Stewart speak at the University of Phoenix commencement ceremony. She is a wonderful speaker, able to share stories about being a teacher to so many! Stay tuned! I will link you to great videos of her speeches (once they are posted online)!
On October 26-27, the Utah Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will be hosting a conference on the campus of Utah State University! Stay tuned for more information!
Need a content specific poster for Family and Consumer Sciences? Here you go! Feel free to use the posters as you see fit!
Read about some of the most basic natural fibers available to us as consumers! I have also included a great video showcasing the International Year of Natural Fibers produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO, 2009). Enjoy!
A woven fabric consists of warp and filling yarns that are interlaced at right angles to each other (Cole & Czachor, 2009, p. 31). Warp yarns are the lengthwise yarns in a fabric, whereas, the widthwise yarns are called the filling yarns. Along the lengthwise edge of the fabric, the selvedge can be found (a finish to fabric edges that is tightly woven). Key terms associated with using woven fabrics to complete a clothing project are:
Crosswise Grain: Filling yarns that run the width of the fabric.
Lengthwise Grain: Warp yarns that follow the length of the fabric. The lengthwise grain usually consists of stronger yarns that stretch less than the crosswise grain yarns or filling.
On-Grain: Fabric is cut parallel to the warp or filling yarns.
Off-Grain or Bias: Fabric is cut in a direction that is not parallel to the crosswise or lengthwise grain or a 45-degree intersection of the crosswise and lengthwise grains.
Check out the beginnings of our Fiber & Fabric Guide under the Fiber & Fabrics Basics section of the website!
Here is the latest poster for the Recycle and Redesign Fashion Show hosted by FCSE 3080: Dress and Humanity at Utah State University! Spread the word! Come and see great fashions created by students out of recycled materials!