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Class Reviews > Stitch Lounge Reversable Faux Fur Vest

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Posted by: SillyValley

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Member since: 10/2/05
Reviews: 52 (classes: 3)
Skill level:Advanced Beginner
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Posted on: 8/1/07 3:08 AM
Rating: starstar
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
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Class Description
It's a vest. Made out of faux fur. Who could ask for anything more? Start working with faux fur using this simple beginner pattern. Make a lined, reversible faux fur vest and stretch your creative muscles before heading off to the desert!

Class Location
Stitch Lounge
182 Gough St
San Francisco

Class Cost and Time
$85 for the class which took place on two consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. No kit. Students were instructed to bring 1 to 1.5 yards of faux fur and lining fabric to the first class. Woven and non slippery fabrics were suggested.


What did you like or dislike about this class?
I was looking forward to the class for a few reasons. One, I have a lot of friends who attend Burning Man and wanted to be able to help them with their costumes. Learning to work with fur is a completely necessary skill for BM costumes. I couldn't make it to the Jacket class so I took the Vest class.

Second reason? Well, I like to wear costumes too and since Halloween is coming up I thought the faux fur skills would come in handy.

Third reason? Costumes again. Love Fest is happening in September and I was thinking of making Care Bear costumes for the kids. Enter: Faux Fur. You get the idea...

I didn't really know what to expect. I had taken a basic sewing class from Kelly almost 2 years ago and that was a very structured course. Since a pattern purchase wasn't required and there was no kit fee I was wondering what we would use for a pattern. It turns out that in Kelly's garment classes you always draft your own pattern. Neat!

So on the first tuesday we paired off into three groups (there is a 6 students per class maximum) and too measurements. Kelly instructed the proper method for taking measurements on another person and how to take measurements on yourself. I learned that my armhole is about 1/2 inch lower than most women (explains those pulls I always have on the bodice front) and that my upper back is wide compared to my bust and waist and that I'd always have to alter my patterns a little for that. Kelly explained how to alter patterns for those types of fixes. That alone was worth the price of admission.

After we took measurements she showed us a basic pattern shape and explained how we would lengthen, shorten, widen, or narrow it to accomodate our bodies and our garment preferences.

We traced our finished patterns and cut out our lining fabrics. Then we pin basted them so that we could try them on. At that point a couple people had to make alterations.

We got a short explaination of how to cut fur without making a mess and then were instructed to leave. Cutting fur in the lounge is not allowed. I wasn't ready for that. I was sort of disappointed about that because I sure as heck didn't want to cut it at home. Turns out that the instructions to cut fur were really good and I didn't end up making a mess at home at all. The instruction was to cut with the fur side down after tracing the pattern onto the backing with marker. When cutting, only cut the backing and never cut the fur, keeping the point of the scissors toward the ceiling and dragging it on the fabric to part the fur. It totally works!

The second class was for construction. Here's where it got a little lame. Most of the people in class didn't know how to use a sewing machine so a lot of time was spent on winding bobbins, threading the machine, etc. Also I heard a lot of popping which tells me the needles were old. I'm glad I brought my own machine! We had to take frequent breaks from stitching in order to hear a lecture about the proper way to pin baste. The class requirement said "Advanced Beginner," not "never sat at a machine before," so that was a bummer.

All in all I think the first day of the class was really useful and I enjoyed it. I think it was totally worth the $85 and I got a cute vest out of the deal. You can see my review of the vest here

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aunt saidee said... (8/2/07 2:12 AM) Reply
Great Review! Now I feel like I have good info and courage to sew with the faux fur I have in my stash...I am impressed with the class offerings at stitch lounge, but it's a little far for me to drive...
SillyValley said... (8/1/07 3:31 PM) Reply
Stitch also sells faux fur by the yard. I wonder how they cut that. Do they send the bolt home with the customer? Yeah I thought that was pretty strange. Even worse is one of the n00b students managed to cut the front pieces with the pile pointing up. That wouldn't have happened if she had the chance to cut the fur out in class.
ldpaulson said... (8/1/07 11:24 AM) Reply
Thanks for the detailed review. Ironic that Stitch offers classes in sewing faux fur, but you can't cut it out there!?! Very helpful comments. Now that you have the vest, you should go to Burning Man. :)
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