|I've wanted to take one of Joyce's classes for years, and the Cincinnati location was an easy 5 hour drive away. Driving makes it easier to bring a sewing machine, which is necessary. There were participants who stayed on for the Long Course --- an extra 2 1/2 days --- for training in fitting other people/clients. That information is very useful for custom clothiers, alterations specialists, and anyone who sews for, or wants to be able to fit pants for, someone other than themselves.
Since I sew only for myself and can absorb only so much information at one time, I took the Short Course, which yielded me a custom-fitted pair of basic pants made from Joyce's Pant pattern.
Each student had a one-on-one fitting appointment with Joyce on Sunday (the day before) that lasted approx. 30 minutes. We tried on one of her pattern's Test Garments (as seen in the THREADS magazine articles she wrote a couple of years ago) in the appropriate size, and she noted where alternations would be made. We discussed some of the pattern alterations that would be made during this time. From that point until the next morning, Joyce and her assistant custom drafted each of us a pant pattern based on her pattern. The next two and a half days were wonderful.
The first full day, we cut out and sewed our test pants. The second day we worked on tweaking the fit and marking any changes on our paper pattern. The last half-day we were taught how to modify our patterns to widen the leg, make a contoured waistband, convert it to a pleated pant, or a boot-cut style.
Joyce taught us how to make slant pockets, and how to put on a waistband as well as a waistband with a little bit of elastic. I learned some basic sewing techniques that will improve my own sewing. Being basically self-taught, I learned how to streamline my construction technique from this workshop.
It sounds like we accomplished a lot, and we did, but I never felt pushed for time or stressed out. Joyce gave us plenty of time for each day's lesson plan.
Joyce is a very qualified teacher and has extensive experience in the tailoring and alterations field. She is very thorough, kind, knowledgeable, patient and willing to share her knowledge with others.
The venue for this class, Banasch's ( http://www.banaschs.com/ ) is a vendor of trims, tailoring supplies and industrial machines. The owners of Banasch's are wonderful hosts and the purpose-built classroom space is well lit, clean, and spacious, as as the ladies' room. I would not hesitate to take another class at this location. There is plenty of parking, too, and our hotel was a short drive away.
My test pant fits me perfectly, and now I can't wait to start making pants and shorts!