|The San Diego Community College district's continuing education program offers free (!) sewing classes every semester:
Spring 2008 schedule of sewing classes
This past fall, I took "Sewing Fundamentals:Beyond the basics" from Kathleen Swanson, a Palmer & Pletsch certified instructor.
When I entered the class, I had sewn a few easy garments, but knew very little about fit. This class was PERFECT for someone at my skill level. We learned about taking basic measurements to get a starting size and then learned several different methods of pattern alterations so that our garments would fit well. We learned to make such adjustments as grading between sizes, broad back adjustments, full bust adjustments, and various shoulder and upper arm adjustments.
In addition to a great introduction to fitting (with an emphasis on tissue fitting), we learned a number of ways to refine our sewing techniques, such as sewing better darts, invisible zippers, and various styles of hems.
In the fall class, we made a fitted skirt and started work on either a simple darted, button-up blouse or a simple, unlined jacket. In the spring class, we'll be making a spring dress, with an emphasis on upper body fitting.
This is the second sewing class that I've taken through the San Diego Community College continuing ed program, and I can't recommend this program enough to those in the San Diego area!