|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"!