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micheleb
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Date: 1/30/13 10:45 AM

Hi,

I'm looking to connect with one or more people (a small group would be great) in the twin cities to work on fit issues--accurate measurements, pattern adjustments, muslin adjustments, making duct tape doubles, etc. I'm open to ideas and I'm not an expert in any of these topics so you don't have to be either. I'd just like to learn and share together so we can all get over the fit hurdle faster and with better results.

If there is any interest to this post, maybe we arrange a time to meet and get this party started~~~~

Michele
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Date: 1/31/13 7:52 AM

Great idea! Here in the northwest portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we call ourselves the "Fashionistas." We got started about 10 years ago when the owner of a now closed independent fabric store allowed us to use a back room to meet. Since then, on the first Saturday of the month, 10 am until about noon, you'll find anywhere from 8-20 of us gathered to share pattern do's/dont's, fit, websites, fabrics, etc. For the last 8 years, we have gone away to a local resort for a weekend retreat --intense sewing, if you will. There is no charge to participate in the monthly meetings; we split the fee to rent two large rooms for our machines and cutting tables, irons, etc. among those who attend the retreat.

I know that Treadle Goods in St. Paul (on Grand) has a group that meets there on a monthly basis, and they do the same thing as our Fashionistas. However, they charge a small fee. Our son and his family live in the Twin Cities, and no visit is complete without a run to Treadle Goods.

I hope you can get this off the ground, as it is the most enlightening group of women I've been around. We have engineers, nurses, teachers, retirees, young women who are learning to sew. Each meeting is a delight. We are now meeting in the back room of a local Husqvarna Dealer -- they love having us there and don't charge us to use the space. They extend a discount to us the day of our meetings. When the local Bernina dealer found out about our meetings, they tried to lure us to meet there! A little bit of competition never hurts.

I just bought a serger for my granddaughter from Creative Sewing there in Wayzata. I know they have several MN locations, perhaps they would be willing to 'sponsor' you by giving you free space. Surely they have a room somewhere for you to meet in. They could put postcards at the cash registers at all their stores, even include your group in their ads/newsletters. If they're not receptive, drop the name of a competitor and see if it gets you somewhere!

Good luck and keep me posted, won't you? I'll be in MN over Valentines Day and plan to take my granddaughter to the Harris warehouse (Maple Grove?) as well as Treadle Goods. I found Harris's the last time I was there and was blown away! This time I'm going prepared with a list.

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Date: 1/31/13 8:09 AM

OOO! Jealous of your group, should be a franchise.
Only thing we have here is ASG, which is all quilting,
and another that faded away when newcomers just wanted
others to "fix and finish" their mistakes.

Also wonder why some cities can have alternative fabric warehouses
and other have nothing but JA's, Hancock's, or WM? I remember Minnesota Fabrics from years ago, is that an offshoot?

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Date: 1/31/13 8:50 AM

Treadle Yd. Goods is an excellent resource. Also check with the Textile Center on Univ. Ave. for classes you might be interested in.

micheleb
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Date: 1/31/13 3:51 PM

Thank you for the encouragement and advice! It sounds like the Fashionistas are great resource and inspiration. I've always noticed that many of the brightest and most creative people are garment sewists.

Sewing clothes combines engineering problem solving and creative self-expression in the most interesting ways and the more you study it the more interesting it gets. I've been getting interested in machine knitting (a little different but on the continuum) and been blown away at the differences in yarns and how those differences manifest in different cloth, and how the different cloth impacts fit and style. Clothing construction is just fascinating, I think.

Here in the twin cities we are lucky to have some great resources like Treadle and the Textile Center; and S.R. Harris is always a mind-blowing experience--dangerous for those on a "fabric diet". I'm planning on taking a sloper class at Treadle this Feb-March and I think this will really move me forward on the "fit" front. Treadle has many, many wonderful classes though and their offerings seem to be getting better and better all the time--more diverse, more interesting, something for everyone and at every skill level.

I'm hoping I can find others who are similarly interested in fit issues to continue to explore this side of garment making. To me, fit is the critical piece of garment construction because the best design, the finest fabrics and the most accomplished execution of technique are wasted on a poorly fitting garment. It also seems like good fit is getting pretty rare in the RTW world and even amongst sewists it sometimes seems to a little neglected, especially with plus size sewers (which I am). So I hope to find fellow fit enthusiasts to explore the art of good fit.

Best...Michele

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Date: 2/22/13 5:07 PM

I would LOVE something like this. Classes are fine but the camaraderie would be amazing.

I'm in Plymouth. I am completely up for a once a month meet-up or something

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Date: 2/22/13 5:27 PM

What part of the cities ae you in??? I'm in Bloomington. I have a great ASG group and we do all sorts of garment stuff. We even did a body double class.

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Date: 2/22/13 6:50 PM

I'm in Roseville and would be up for meeting.... I won't be back in town until May, though.

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Date: 2/22/13 8:30 PM

I'm in the southern suburbs and would be interested in a monthly meet up too, but unfortunately I'd have to do weekends. Between my day job and evening commitments, my spare time during the week is pretty limited.

Actually, I was just thinking it's about time for another local meet-up! A number of us got together in Nov. 2011 to celebrate PR's 10th birthday. At that time we all agreed we had to do it again soon. Um, if it's less than two years can it still be considered "soon"? :-)

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Date: 2/22/13 10:39 PM

It would totally have to be a weekend for me too! With a full time job and two busy teens my life is crazy!

We should make it happen.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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