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Posted on: 4/2/07 1:09 PM
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Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
The subject matter being taught was very helpful. Only 2 people signed up so we had a lot of the teacher's attention. She was willing to talk about ANY sewing questions we had, so it was great. I brought in the Sewing Fashion Group pattern 1945 and she was open to using that instead of the 4 patterns suggested. The 4 patterns suggested seemed very odd to me. One was a jean jacket, one was a Chanel type collarless full-length coat, one was an unlined classic jacket and one was something plus-sized that wouldn't fit me anyway.
As it turned out, she planned to teach us all the lining & interfacing & other techniques for a fully hand-tailored jacket, using the book as a guide. It would have been nice to know all that in advance. The supplies list indicated a choice of 2 different books, and of course, I bought the wrong one.

Annette really knows a lot about every aspect of tailoring a jacket. She is very open and shares her knowledge freely.
On day 1, we learned a lot about linings, interfacings and the muslin.
By the end of day 2, we had sewn up the muslin, been fitted and marked the muslin.
The class went from 10:30am - 4:30pm.
It is in a beautiful fabric store, the classrooms are bright & cheery enough and the machines are late model Berninas. There is a Starbucks next door.

On day 3, I hit even worse traffic than I had experienced the preivous 2 days and I got so frustrated I gave up and went home.
From Rockville Md. to Falls Church, Va. a 20 mile drive took 90 minutes or more.
I had no idea the traffic was so bad, so often. I have driven on weekends and it was never that bad.
It was hard to enjoy the class with the stress of the traffic jams to get there.

I did wind up with a very nicely fitted muslin and I am in the process of making a jacket from it now.

I would not take another class in that location. The other hassle was schlepping all my fabric, supplies, the book, etc every day. Of course you had to pack it all up at the end of the day and take it home. I just felt like so much time was being wasted on that.
Also, I wanted to talk to the teacher in advance for clarification about the the supplies list. And I wasn't sure if I was expected to show up with everything already purchased. When I called G Street Education dept. they were not willing to put me in touch with the teacher and I felt like they were blowing me off.

Consequently, I bought a lot of stuff, just to be prepared. Then we spent time during class to shop for fabrics and notions and she explained how to select them. Grrr! I was mad I had spent a lot of money already buying what I thought I needed.

So - a lot of hassle and a fair amount of money spent.
One nice thing was that I had left 4 brand new spools of thread on the serger. I called and they sent it over to the Rockville store for me to pick up.
At G Street, there are planty of nice, knowledgeable people. But it is just big enough to be bureaucratic and heaven help you if you haven't found the friendly nice person.

You better believe I am going to get my money's worth out of that muslin!

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vasallese said... (4/3/07 7:10 AM) Reply
Is there a G street Fabrics in Virginia?
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