Cynthia Guffey came to speak to our city's ASG members. The three classes were couture techniques, fitting/style selection, and machine embroidery.
Fast-paced, chock full of information and wow, what beautiful clothes. She was extremely organized, had very clear samples of the techniques she was demonstrating. I couldn't believe she let us paw her beautiful couture clothes.
Of course, part of the presentation was showing us clothes made up in her patterns (patterns and technique booklets were for sale at the seminar). They were very beautiful and I got lots of ideas that I can apply to the patterns I already own.
She had a wonderful technique for preshrinking fusible interfacing. Basically she puts a piece of artist's tracing paper (which she sells) between interfacing and fashion fabric, them steams it with an iron to get all the shrinkage out. Then she slides out the paper (moving across the pattern piece slowly) and fuses it on. That way it still has its sticky stuff on it. Brilliant!
The machine embroidery class was interesting. She has a simple hooping technique that allows you to return to your original starting position if you have a problem during a sew out. I loved seeing her embroidery, she has great ideas to integrate them into the design of the garment. She has a great sense of color as well.
Bottom line: This seminar made me want to go home and get busy!