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Jan 27, 2014

Back to School Tomorrow!



I can't believe it.  Barring an act of Zeus, in less than 24 hours I'll be back in school!

Can you find me in this photo?  (Hint: I'm not the blonde in the gold dress.)

Of course, this is only one evening class, Menswear Sewing, at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and it only meets once a week (from tomorrow through May).  Today I went and stood on line to get my photo ID.  I found myself filled with questions.

1) Am I going to be the oldest one in class -- by decades?

2) Is this going to end up taking too much of my time or not enough?

3) Why am I doing this again?

I think ambivalence is healthy, don't you?

It's been a while, but I think I already have just about everything I'll need.

Pencil Case.  Check!



Three-ring Binder.  Check!



Crayola Crayon Box.  Check!



Lunch Box and Thermos.  Check!



New Outfit.  Check!



Have I forgotten anything?

While I won't be sending live Tweets from class, I do intend to provide an ongoing description of my class experience, assuming it doesn't produce yawns (my descriptions I mean, not the class).  Just for blog content alone, it'll be worth it!

I really don't have any expectations, which of course is very different from having low expectations.  I simply know absolutely nothing about the class beyond the brief description offered in the catalog. 

I do hope nobody blows spitballs at me or pulls my pigtails...

Have a great day, everybody!

PS - Thursday Friday is the Miyake coat reveal.

41 comments:

  1. Hooray for back to school! You should learn a lot, I've heard good things about FIT.

    I am back in school also, but fulltime, and I'm actually only the oldest by 3 years. (I'm 36.) My husband did buy me a wonder woman lunchbox, though. :D

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    1. Your husband is a keeper. :-)

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  2. dayam, you have some cool items for school ;)

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  3. you're gonna be the hippest kid in school.

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  4. You'll be great! I love taking classes and workshops any chance I can! and infact just enrolled back to college to get my BFA!

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  5. Good for you. I went back to school at 42 and loved it and, yes, I was the oldest person in my class every time!

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  6. Don't put anybody's pigtails in the inkwell.

    I went back to school at 46. I wasn't the oldest.

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  7. The sight of the Crayolas made me swoon a little -- I love that first sniff when the box is opened! Have a good time in class. :)

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  8. I love your lunchbox. I guess I never realized that the Partridge Family bus was painted to look like a Mondrian painting.

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  9. This, I can't wait to hear more about. BTW, I cannot pick you out in that school photo but I can say there were a lot of boys with huge ears in that class?!

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    1. LOL! I was thinking the same thing about the ears!

      I'm guessing Peter is in the back row wearing a blue shirt, standing next to the teacher. Cathy is third from the left in the middle row, rocking the trendsetting fat yarn ponytail ties.

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    2. BINGO! That's me in the bowtie up top too, of course.

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  10. Good luck and have a blast! I recently took a class at FIT on fashion illustration. It was so fun to be back in school, complete with new school supplies and homework assignments. The teacher was fantastic, and the students collegial. You will almost definitely meet some minor fashion designer celebrity. Our class met a few who were either just hanging out or giving a guest presentation. I think the biggest shock to me was that there is a huge difference between the amateur who truly loves the craft for its own sake (us), and the professional-in-training whose objective is profit. I can't wait to read all about your experience.

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  11. Good luck Peter! I'm betting you come out fine but with a new "need" for an industrial machine.

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  12. I am so jealous of your school supplies! And the class you are taking ... And the school where you are taking it ...

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  13. Are you the 3rd from the left in the back row? So handsome! claudia w

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  14. You're too cool for school! I hope you enjoy your first day.

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  15. Good Lord! I used to have that pencil case, and a similar binder (mine was in blues and greens, but a similar degree of flower power). My lunchbox and Thermos were Barbie, though, to match the pencil case.

    Don't worry about being the oldest one in the class. I find that at evening classes you get a wide range of ages, and even if you are, no one will pay much attention. I started university in earnest in my early 30s and finished grad school in my 40s. I went through being at least 10 years older than most of the other students. It was rarely commented on, and even then not negatively.

    Just go and concentrate on getting as much as you can out of the class. You'll find that during the breaks or odd quiet moments you'll start getting to know the other students and making friends. It's a bit like mingling at a party, but you're all there to actually DO something instead of just hang around.

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  16. I went back to college at 38 and 5 years later had my fashion design degree...totally worth it and yes I was twice the age of the rest of the class but they sure did learn to respect my work...while they showed up with hangovers, I had homework to show...Enjoy every minute...you will shine, Peter!

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  17. 64 crayons--you're one of the rich kids!

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  18. Don't forget your protractor, compass, ruler, pencil or pen, and pencil sharpener.

    Please take notes so you can tell us all about it.

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  19. Aw good luck Peter! I'm so jealous of that Crayola box set with BUILT IN SHARPENER! I'm not exaggerating when I say it was childhood dream to own one. My friend had one but I never did I even remember there was a shade of blue crayon called Periwinkle! x

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  20. Aw, I envy you! Wished I lived in NY instead of the Netherlands and had such af fab class nearby. Really like you school stuff, mine are soo boring compared to yours!

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  21. I like the fashionable fellow in the top row, 4th from the left wearing what I think we used to call an "Apache tie". They were in style at about the same time as Nehru jackets, and for about the same length of time.

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    1. I'm wearing one too, but mine is obscured by the head of the tall fellow in front of me. :(

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  22. Now when you get to school, remember to mind your manners. Raise your hand before you speak, say yes Mam and no Mam, yes Sir and no Sir. Don't sass anyone and for goodness sake, sit up straight.

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  23. This is so exciting! We get to vicariously attend a class in NY through your blog. Thanks, Peter!

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  24. What a cute kid you were! Obviously that's you next to teacher, with that shy smile.

    I love the groovy outfits you have posted here-- takes me back to junior high. I have a memory that those lunch pails always smelled of sour milk. I remember being relieved when Mom when to paper bags and I bought milk at school.

    I think you'll have a lot of fun at FIT. Wish I could join you.

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  25. LOL I challenge you to TAKE that stuff to class the first day! What a cute post. Thanks for the chuckle. And I look forward to your reports from the rarified atmosphere of Menswear Sewing! (Don't forget the astute character studies of your classmates! You'll treasure those the most in later years)

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  26. You will love it! I can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  27. Is that a Peter Max notebook cover?

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  28. I am so jealous!! I would love to have something like that available here. I hope you enjoy it!

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  30. I went to university at 49 for 3 years. Finished mid '13 and I was older than some of the kids parents, lol! Never too old to learn.

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  31. Thank goodness you remembered to get the box with the built in sharpener!
    Good luck! I bet it'll be amazing!

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