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Posted on: 8/14/06 10:15 AM
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I was one of eleven lucky ladies who spent a week with Sandra Betzina doing a fitting class. If you ever get the chance to take a class with SB, don't hesitate! It will be time and money well spent.

The first thing she did was measure us. Funny how our measuring tapes at home lie... Of course, measurements alone tell you only so much, so the next thing we did was try on some sample garments to check the fit. Sandra had two styles of trousers - V7940, & her new one, V2913 - made in the complete range of sizes, as well as her jeans pattern V7608, and two jackets - the jean jacket, V7610, and her Chanel-style jacket, V8043. Everyone tried on the new trousers and the Chanel jacket. We were all amazed at the good fit of both garments. Just about everyone could wear the garment as is, and minor tweaking brought the fit up to spectacular.

An aside, why aren't more pattern companies updating their standard measurement charts? Not many women have 26" waists these days (and if you do, you are a lucky woman!). I usually have to do a lot of alterations to a pattern to get it to fit me - Today's Fit need only small tweaks.

After the fitting session, we were free to sew whatever we wanted and Sandra would perfect the fit. We weren't limited to just Today's Fit patterns.

During the week, she demonstrated different fitting alterations and sewing techniques. Basically, any sewing/fabric/fitting questions were demystified.

In our class, we focused on fitting as many garments as possible, so mostly muslins were constructed during the week. Personally, I completed the two trouser patterns, the jeans, the t-shirt (V8151), the Chanel-style jacket, the pegged skirt (V7333), and the new peplum blouse and bias skirt (V2911). I decided to stick with Today's Fit patterns because I like the style and fit, and I wanted to maximize my productivity.

This sewing week will be golden because I know everything is going to fit beautifully.


edited - It's not an online class! I can't make that flashing bar disappear!

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Katie M said... (10/15/06 9:45 AM) Reply
Wow!! This has been my dream for several years! Lucky you!!
Sew'n'go said... (9/19/06 2:58 PM) Reply
It *was* wonderful. Sandra is a very giving teacher. She did mention her charity work, clin, but I don't know about the scaling back. Have you looked at her website? That is one busy lady! Then again, she has the energy of ten. ;-)
Peggy L said... (8/15/06 9:07 AM) Reply
Lucky you! It sounds wonderful.
carolynw said... (8/14/06 10:18 PM) Reply
I heard from Julie at Timmel Fabrics today that it was just wonderful - will certainly be trying to get into one of Sandra's classes but I understand she is scaling back and going to be doing some charity work in Africa?
nancy2001 said... (8/14/06 9:42 PM) Reply
Sounds like a wonderfully productive week.
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