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Class Reviews > Fearless Pattern Fitting and Fearless Jackets--Cecilia Podolak

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Posted by: Mary Beth Loup

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Posted on: 2/5/03 2:52 PM
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These were morning and afternoon seminars, held on one day for a special price of $75 (less than the cost of each class individually). As a beginner I have a lot to learn, but for that price I would have liked to have learned more. Cecilia Podolak was very personable and used time effectively in the morning session to measure each member in test copies of her jacket design. But I wasn't the only person who had thought we might have something to take away with us. It would have left me with a better feeling if the store had included the pattern in the cost of the class, but for those who opted to buy it, that added another $20. The afternoon class was a lecture on fitting techniques, but the first hour essentially repeated what had been gone over in the morning class, and the rest of the time she offered some good insights on fabric selection, alterations & interfacings. There was no time to go much into pressing tips, except for a handout. Classrooms at G Street Fabrics in Rockville are just big enough to hold everyone, and when it got stuffy a fan was brought in. The samples of Cecilia Podolak's designs were very attractive and I look forward to using her jacket pattern for my first foray into fitted garment construction. From the store's viewpoint, the seminar package was a success: I not only bought the pattern but all the fabric & trim necessary to make it up. From my point of view, though, I think my time and money would have been spent more profitably in a hands-on class where we could have been actually making the jacket while Cecilia guided us along with tips. Now that I know what to expect from courses labelled "seminars", I'll know better how to judge their usefulness. Will just add that Cecilia Podolak was very generous with her time and even suggested that people call her up in Vancouver if they ran into trouble (her number is on her patterns) But her pattern instructions look pretty detailed. In fact, I think that with the pattern alone, plus the book she recommended, "Customize Your Sewing Patterns for a Perfect Fit" (Lark Books, $14.95), I could have saved the cost of the seminars.

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twinnie808 said... (9/22/03 10:19 PM) Reply
Mary Beth, do you know what's the difference between the books...Customize your sewing patterns for a perfect fit and Every sewer's guide to the perfect fit both by Sally McCann and Mary Morris. I'm curious to know if Customize your sewing patterns is a revised version of Every sewer's guide.
Gloria Allender said... (2/5/03 5:58 PM) Reply
Mary Beth, I think $75 is a lot for a seminar-type class. I am taking a Claire Schaeffer class in April. All day with hands on learning of some of her techniques for $129. It also includes lunch.
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