Member since 2/8/09
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Date: 3/1/13 8:28 AM
Yesterday I signed up for Jennifer Sterns Blueprint to Blue Jeans PR Class and posted my first impressions on the Message Board under PR Online Classes. I received the Daily Digest today but my post wasn't linked so perhaps that area of the Message Board doesn't reach PR members on Daily Digest.
Since I have seen a number of jeans and pants fitting conversations recently, I wanted to share my initial impressions with those that don't go to that particular Message Board. I have taken Jennifer's Club EMB classes and her Fit to a Tee video class and found her to be quite responsive to Message Board posts. Her videos are well put together- some offer a sew along theme and others demonstrate alterations to resolve fitting issues.
Now for the specifics- For this Jeans class she created an 89 page pdf file that truly is a blueprint!
It is jam packed with information, photos, and illustrations. If you have purchased a jeans or pant pattern from any company and got lost in the directions of how to assemble it then this PDF file will be your lifesaver. She includes nearly every alteration I can think of in the file. There are images of what a poor fit looks like and step by step directions of how to correct it. This alone was nearly worth the cost of the class. But of course there is more- fabric and notion resources for jeans, how-to videos that never expire and Jennifer's personal responses to your unique questions.
She has 13 videos but I skipped ahead to watch the fly zipper insertion video since that is always a stumbling area for me on any pant. I have taken other basic sewing classes, watched endless YouTube videos and thumbed through countless books and magazine tutorials. I am capable of inserting fly zippers but I have to restudy my references each time and even then I feel like I am jumping into the water and not really swimming very well.
Jennifer's 20 min video on this topic is superb. It is not choppy and edited, it flowed smoothly. It starts with the single pattern pieces, goes through overlocking edges, leads you through the entire process and ends by showing a completed top stitched fly and front crotch. You actually follow along as she changes feet, needles and threads between the construction and top stitching.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video was worth a million to me. Nothing remains a mystery anymore. She not only showed every detail- she also explained the reasons behind doing each step. My favorite was her tip on how to correct a buttonhole that turned out poorly stitched in the waistband due to the bulkiness of waistband seams. That has happened to me more than once- the automatic buttonhole foot catches on the waistband edge and looks a mess.
I can mimic every step now with the confidence that my front fly zippers will turn out perfect. Whether you have a construction problem, resourcing problem or fit issue, if any PR Member is on the fence about taking this class I would say DON'T hesitate- you won't regret it!
-- Edited on 3/1/13 8:36 AM --
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Member since 11/30/09
Skill: Advanced Beginner
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Date: 3/2/13 2:37 AM
Excellent review - you've certainly tempted me
Lumina Overlocker (Serger)
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