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Class Reviews > Sandra Betzina - Trunk Show and Fitting Class

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If you ever get the opportunity to attend a lecture/class/show with Sandra Betzina --- GO!!

I have been a Sandra fan since the first American Sewing Guild Convention in San Francisco back in 1988. I had never heard of her before, and signed up for a class on a whim. What a great whim!

Sandra's ideas, creativity and enthusiasm will rev-up your sewing - both in skills and fantastic, creative garments that fit. We were all inspired to go home and sew!

The Houston Chapter of the American Sewing Guild hosted Sandra for a 2-lecture day on March 18. In the morning she did her Trunk Show/Fashion Forecast and in the afternoon, her Fast Fit seminar.

In addition to special prices on her books and new DVD's, she brought along special notions such as fusible staytape in white and black, wiggam, (try to find those locally!), elastic and more which quickly sold out.

During the trunk show, we got to see the different variations of her patterns. What you see in her pattern catalog photographs and what comes off of her needle are like night and day. Patterns you would easily say "pass" had us running to Jo-Ann's and Hancock's that night! (Guilty!)

She also gave us the inside scoop about her patterns -- beginning in April, three new patterns will appear in the catalog (we got a sneak preview of the layered "Tango" skirt and a vest...the other will be palazzo pants with a peplum top.) Unfortunately, she advised that for each new pattern which gets added to the catalog, they pull an old one, depending upon sales. She did say that the a favorite discontinued 7333 View B straight skirt has come back with 8093.

Also in April, her patterns will have all sizes in one larger envelope, be printed on quality white paper, and have an easier to read darker and bigger typeface.

After lunch, she talked about fitting and demonstrated pattern alterations very easily for us to understand. She brought all the sizes of her new Chanel-type jacket (8043), the jeans (7608) and a skirt (can't remember the number). We all were amazed to see how they flattered the assortment of figures in the group.

Sandra was ever and always so gracious and friendly - signing books, posing for pictures, answering questions. If your Guild chapter is considering having her or she will be in your favorite fabric store or city, she's one of the best on the "circuit"!

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ryansmumAria said... (4/22/06 4:52 PM) Reply
Sandra is my beloved sewing guru. She has taught me almost as much as I learned in fashion design school. If you ever have the opportunity to see her you must. You will get more than your moneys worth. She has several great books that you will read cover to cover. Her sewing technique book is my all time favortie in my some what extensive fashion book library.
Terri Smith said... (3/20/06 5:34 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for your review. I am currently trying to decide if I should go to one of Sandra's SF experiences. Your comments land in my "yes" column. My only concern is that I am a beginner and while I can read a pattern, my inexperience is constructing garments often leaves me frustrated because I do not understand the outcome. Also, I lack fabric savvy--no pun intended, as I do have the book--and struggle with what fabrics would work well with specific patterns. I am so tempted to sign up and just soak up as much as I can.
slanden99 said... (3/20/06 9:44 AM) Reply
I also got a lot out of this seminar. I wasn't an ASG member, so I didn't know anyone there, but I still felt welcome. There was so much information and Sandra was really down-to-earth. I looks like her patterns aren't made for my figure, but I think about 98% of the rest of the sewing community would find them refreshing and easy to fit. Once you see the designs made into actual clothing, it makes them look a lot more wearable and beautiful. The seminar was worth every penny,
Lisette said... (3/20/06 8:46 AM) Reply
I agree that Sandra classes are wonderful. I took the fitting and forecast classes at G Street Fabrics a couple of years ago. She inspires and makes you believe that you can do it.
SewTwin said... (3/20/06 2:46 AM) Reply
Great Review! I was sorely disappointed they took off her show here, and replaced with Susan Khalje.We miss many of the events in TX, except for the Houston Intl Quilt Festival.I am going to ask Deepika to add to the PR selection of "Upcoming Events". I would have loved to gone to this seminar.Thanks for the review.I may have to join the ASG location here in Buda, TX(close to Austin,TX).
Peggy L said... (3/19/06 8:53 PM) Reply
Great review! This was my first event as an ASG member and I was so impressed. Sandra was wonderful - so down to earth and personable. Her clothes were beautiful. Vogue should get with it and photograph Sandra's clothes instead of the ones they have made. Sandra's are so much better! I need to do some pattern shopping. The organizers of this event did a wonderful job. It was at a great, central location, the food was fabulous and they were very cordial to this "newbie". My only regret is I somehow walked off without my class handout - I think I must have left it on the table when I was shopping at the end. If you get the opportunity, go see Sandra.
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