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Posted on: 6/26/06 2:48 PM
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Web site/URL: Pattern Making With Shannon Gifford
I'll start off with the comment that this was an absolutely wonderful class!!!

IMO, this is such a awesome class for the home sewer. For those of you like me that have a bunch of patternmaking books, there's nothing like personalized attention to answer all the questions that develop in your mind from reading these books.

The Basic Patternmaking class has 18 lessons:

1. Introductory stuff
2. Darts Part I
3. Darts Part II/How to rotate a dart
4. Darts Part III/Divided darts and connected darts
5. A Different Kind of Dart Control
6. Backing up a Bit
7. Building Blocks
8. Adding Ease and Fullness
9. Necklines
10. Collars and Lapels
11. Sleeves
12. Sleeve hem treatments, cuffs, vents
13. Closures
14. Waistbands
15. Pockets
16. Asymmetrical Designs
17. Facings
18. Linings and Final Thoughts
Bonus Lesson: Halter neckline, Mandarin collar, Shawl Collar, Puffed cap sleeve, Double princess seams, and the Small bust adjustment.

Forget buying a zillion different patterns. Forget waiting for the sales. Take the patterns in your stash and create what you want using the info from this class. Shannon will help you figure out how to alter specific patterns in your stash to create different looks or analyze how the garment was designed. She has a few homework assignments that the class can analyze in how a garment was constructed. She includes 1/4 scale sloper pieces to work the lessons on paper too, for better understanding.

This class has really helped me put it all together in my head and makes things so much easier to understand. A great companion book (IMO) to have while taking this class in Adele Margolis' Design Your Own Dress Patterns. It's OOP, but used ones can be purchased on the net.

It's also a great one to take before enrolling the Making a Muslin class. I did it the other way around, but am taking the Muslin class for a second time and things seem so much clearer to me when making my alterations.

Jus love it, love it, love it!!! Another one in the "can't miss" Shannon Gifford series of classes. A word of advice: Get your printer ready and buy some ink so you can print out the lessons and put them in a binder. You'll be pulling this one off your sewing book shelf often.

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Sewnla said...
I agree!!! I took Shannon's pattern making class and am now enrolled in her muslin class. She is a fantastic teacher. She is so patient and attentive. You feel as if she is there with you in person (how I wish) because she is so available via the class boards. Her lessons are excellent. I highly recommend her classes.
6/27/06 0:20 AM
milwaukee_kelly said...
I loved it too. I was a little unprepared for the wealth of information Shannon shared!
6/27/06 9:15 AM
Mufffet said...
I so hope I can take this next time it is offered!
7/3/06 7:13 PM
 
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