|I attended this workshop at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. I really, really liked this class. Peggy has a great teaching style, and offered a lot of good information. If you are the kind of sewer who wonders if there is an easier way to do things (like me), then this would be the kind of class you would enjoy.
Peggy spent many years as a RTW patternmaker, meaning that designers brought their ideas to her, and she had to draft a pattern for it and also write the technical sewing guides for the factory people ensuring that the garment was sewn properly and that the cost to produce it was below budget. Of course, producing garments on time and on budget means she has to be aware of efficient sewing methods and time saving tools. She has her own line of Patterns called Sillouette patterns. www.sillouettepatterns.com
She really is trying to bridge some of the gap between RTW and the home sewer. It was very enlightening to hear how garment making is approached at the factories. She often questions the standard practices of the big 4, such as the 5/8 seam. The workshop covered how to simplify sewing a ladies button up blouse and also a jacket, and she included an instruction sheet for fly fronts (which appears pretty detailed and is an actual guide for one of her patterns).
Peggy had a sewing machine up front, and we were able to follow along on a drop down screen (a nice approach so no one was left out). She was also thoughtful enough to wear a microphone so everyone could hear and graciously answered participants' questions.
Her focus is on getting the job done, not getting it done perfectly, and not agonizing over a project for months because as she says after you are done agonizing how to complete your project, the fabric is out of season and you don't even like the pattern anymore. Been there done that.
I found a lot of good information I will be implementing in my own sewing.
I will definately sign up again for classes with her in the future. I would also like to try some of her patterns, although my stash is so huge I may wait a bit. She also has a set of DVD's out that have good reviews and are going on my Christmas list.
If you are having trouble completing sewing projects because you want them to be perfect...her insight might just help you get back on track again.