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Member since: 1/31/03
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Skill level:Intermediate
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Posted on: 2/11/06 6:36 PM
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Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people   Very Helpful by 12 people   
Web site/URL: Speed Tailoring With Shannon Gifford
I have tried online classes before, on a different site, and was not able to learn what was being taught. So, I was a bit reluctant to sign up for this class. Others assured me that I would have a good learning experience, so I signed up.

I am *very* glad that I did. Shannon is a very skilled teacher. She presented the material in extremely well organized and well written pdf files, complete with detailed pictures and detailed explanations. She also had weekly chats, a message board for questions, and private messages.
Shannon was with us every step of the way. I had a ton of questions, and she answered every single one very quickly, sometimes within hours of my posting it. She was encouraging, supportive, patient. She went the extra mile to be sure that I understood the infomation.

She was the same way with everyone. The group of us taking the class was a terrific group. Some more experienced than others. I had never made a notched collar before, and didn't think I could learn without someone standing over me in person showing me. With Shannon's method, I learned, and and learned three different ways to do it.

She presented incredibly helpful information on welt pockets and patch pockets, how, where, and why to interface a jacket, what fabrics are best to use, how to identify and make best use of the roll line, how to create better facings than come with the pattern itself, how to set in a sleeve easily, a fabulous lesson on making your own shoulder pads, how to make a precise lining for your jacket , how to put the lining in by 'bagging the lining", and so much more.

The questions that people asked also helped me learn a ton.

I was impressed with Shannon's patience. I asked some really dumb questions, and she answered with support and enthusiams. Her confidence in our ability to learn was contangious and gave me the confidence to learn things that I had been struggling with for a while.

I had mistakenly sewn my collar upside down, and when I asked Shannon why there was so much distance between my collar and my lapel, she pointed out this as a possibilty, but also said she would pull out the pattern to see if the pattern had a problem. She didn't automatically assume that I had made a mistake, and allowed me to disocver on my own how much I had flubbed! It was impressive how suportive that was.

My jacket is not yet totally finished. I have the lining in and just need to finish stiching it up. I will review it then. The jacket came out looking very professional. The only problem with it is that I made it a size smaller than I should have, and that was my mistake, no one else's. I didn't pay close enough attention to my tape measure. But, the jacket looks very good overall, and I will review the pattern as soon as I have it completed.

Anyone considering taking this class the next time it is offered, don't consider...just do it! You will be very happy you did. Shannon is even completely willing to stay available to help us with the jacket even after the class is over.

Thanks Shannon and the rest of the group who took the class for such a great experience. I now know that I can learn from an online class, I just needed this kind of format. I can't say enough good things about it.
Feel free to pm me if you have any questions about the class that I might have forgotten to address in this review.


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Shapna said... (3/8/06 7:06 PM) Reply
It is very much help ful
Msews2 said... (3/8/06 9:14 AM) Reply
Thank you for this review. I have a couple of jackets to sew up, and I'm considering this course the next time it's offered. I can't find jackets to fit my size that aren't too short in the sleeves, so this will be very helpful.
nancyc said... (2/17/06 4:52 PM) Reply
I also took this class, and I agree completely with this review. I was so impressed with Shannon's availability and her ability to solve any problem a student was having. This class was much better than any other sewing class I have taken. Also, this class gave me the push I needed to get started on making a jacket. It was much easier to start knowing that I had someone to provide step by step lessons and to ask questions when I needed help. All of the students in this class were great, too. Many times someone else asked questions I had before I got a chance to ask, and there were many questions that were asked that I had not thought about, but that really helped me in the construction of my jacket. I just completed my jacket this week and hope to post a review soon.
mamacita said... (2/12/06 9:07 PM) Reply
I took this class too and everything Tara says is right on. I can't review the class any better than this! I am further behind than many in the class...I just put in my sleeves and they look so wonderful. The class was worth it for that alone...but all the wonderful other things we making our own shoulder pads. Would you believe? cheap and easy and fun. I was hesitant to take an online class also but the amount of support and confidence building we all got from this Shannon was amazing. This was the best sewing class I have ever taken, and I have had my share of classes in the 50 years I have been sewing. I learned to tailor the old fashioned way many years ago but had long since given it up as being so time consuming for my limited time to sew. I am ready to keep on tailoring now! don't miss this if it comes around again. And thank you, Tara, for saying it all so well.
drsue said... (2/12/06 12:13 PM) Reply
This was a great class. I learned quite a bit.
PVA said... (2/12/06 11:14 AM) Reply
Tara, you are so right-on in everything you've said here -- great review! I'm looking forward to "seeing" you in another of Shannon's classes in future!
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