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Posted on: 9/10/07 0:47 AM
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Location: The class was held at the Apparel Arts school in San Francisco. The classroom was large and bright, well equipped, and conveniently located in the same building as a really good bakery and cafe.

Instructor: I can't say enough good things about Susan Khalje. She is a very knowledgeable, supportive, dedicated and encouraging instructor with an engaging personality and great sense of humour. The six days I spent under her instruction seemed to go by in no time at all.

Participants: There were ten women in the class and about half do sew professionally or intend to sew professionally. Most had travelled several hours by road or air to attend this course and were staying in a hotel.

Class format: This class was six days long (Monday through Saturday). Although the official hours were 9:30-6:30, many students chose to arrive earlier and leave later. Still, not one of the students completed their jacket in class (we were forewarned that this would happen, because of the time-consuming hand work).

Course outline: The course outline and upcoming dates are available here. Students arrived with their muslins already sewn (instructions and pattern recommendations were mailed out in advance). The fit of each student's muslin was fine-tuned. Muslins were cut out and used as pattern pieces for cutting the fabric. The fabric was machine-quilted onto charmeuse, staying clear of the seam lines (which were traced in constrasting thread). The jacket was machine-sewn, except for the lining seams and hems, with were trimmed and hand-sewn from the inside of the jacket. Closure hooks and eyes, trims and buttons were sewn on by hand. Susan instructed the students on each of these steps as they were approached. Several completed jackets and a multitude of Chanel photos were kept on display for easy reference. A shopping trip to Britex Fabrics on the first day gave all students access to fabric, lining, trim, buttons or notions to augment what they had brought to class.

Class project: Here is the review of my Chanel-inspired jacket. Not all students followed the same pattern and it was fun to see the various designs emerging.

Conclusion: This was an enjoyable and rewarding class with an inspiring instructor and fun group of students. I learned some techniques that were new to me and left with enough knowledge and enthusiasm to finish the jacket at home.

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Seamingly Simple said... (9/11/07 9:10 AM) Reply
Karine, the students could use whatever pattern they wanted. However, a shoulder-princess design was recommended and several commercial patterns meeting this description were suggested. With the pattern, fabric and trim variations, it was fun seeing everyone's jackets coming together.
Karine said... (9/11/07 8:49 AM) Reply
Thanks for the great review. It sounds like a terrific class. Did everyone use the same pattern?
MarilynB said... (9/10/07 1:09 PM) Reply
Wow, sounds wonderful. I'm jealous. Your jacket is beautiful.
hongkongshopper said... (9/10/07 1:35 AM) Reply
Sounds like a great class!
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