|Yesterday I attended the pre-show workshop, "An All-Day Fit" offered in conjunction with the Creative Inspiration expo in San Antonio. The cost for 6 hour workshop was $65.
The class goal was to get a workable set of measurements and to alter one top, skirt, or jacket pattern provided by the student. (Pants weren't covered in this workshop, although I know the instructor does a pants fitting overview seminar and sells a pants fitting workbook.)
The instructor, Cynthia Guffey, owns a fabric store and custom clothing business in Baton Rouge, LA. A no-nonsense, straightforward, to the point, detail-oriented, and decidedly un-Southern kind of gal, Cynthia clearly is super-smart on many levels and knows her stuff inside and out. And you should have seen the *perfect* fit of the skirt she was wearing. Incredible.
The first 2 hours of class covered *55* measurements necessary for a precision fit, from shoulder width to finished pant length and everything in between. We paired up in teams, stripped down to undies (or to leotards and tights for the easily chilled ones among us) and took measurements, with Cynthia guiding and making invaluable suggestions along the way.
Then, Cynthia walked us through the how and why of making adjustments to patterns. She also pointed out alternative adjustments and how to avoid adjustments that would cause chain reactions of ill-fit (i.e., "you'll be tempted to do this, but don't.....") .
The last three hours we spent altering our patterns under Cynthia's supervision.
Thanks to the small class size--just 5 students--we each received very personal attention. However, Cynthia's instruction style is *very* fast-paced in order to cram a lot of challenging concepts into a relatively short class.
So, you need to stay alert and keep on your toes (and in my case, be heavily caffeinated)! For those who operate at a slower speed or need more time to effectively absorb new information, this may not be the class for you.
As a complete newbie to sewing, being at this class was like having The Holy Grail laid at my feet. I now know how to adjust patterns to fix the problems that have plagued all of my sewing projects and nearly every ready-to-wear outfit I've ever bought. In short order, Cynthia accurately identified the reason for a fit problem I've had all of my adult life (I thought it was a shoulder width issue, when it was actually my minimal shoulder slope). She also encouraged me to go 2 pattern sizes smaller than I had been using. (Haven't cut my first muslin in the smaller size....I'll let everyone know how it goes).
Cynthia offers a couple of workbooks ($20/ea or $30 for the set--not included in the cost of the seminar) that I haven't yet read through all the way. Once I do, I'll write a review of them, as well.
Although it was pricey and I had to get up *way* too early to drive to San Antonio, overall I give a thumbs-up to this workshop for anyone who wants an accurate and *detailed* set of body measurements and a fast and furious intro to pattern altering.