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Hands-On Sewing Seminar with Sandra Betzina (Sewing Class Review)
North Carolina, UNITED STATES
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Posted on: 3/13/08 10:44 PM
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I just have to tell about my day today. It made me feel like this :) :) :) :) , all over!

A GREAT store in Chapel Hill, Mulberry Silks, had a Sew-Along Seminar with Sandra Betzina today. She seems to know the ladies who own Mulberry very well, and comes down once or twice a year to conduct two 8-hour sew-alongs. People come, bring their machines, bring their questions, bring their fabric and patterns [or, alternatively, buy them at the store on a 20% discount], and Sandra works with them for 7-8 hours. There are only 10 slots per day.

And guess who got a golden ticket.... :biggrin: :biggrin:

If you ever have the chance to do something like this with Sandra... DO IT! What a wonderful person she is! She started with a talk on her patterns and some thoughts on fitting, etc-- then we all got busy.
Lady Sandra brought with her tons of samples of her designs, and had some (several pants patterns and one skirt) made up in every size, A-J, for us to try on. I put on a pair of great pants (Vogue 2948) and we [by that, of course, I mean Sandra Betzina and myself] discussed the fit and alterations I might want to make. It was like already having done a muslin! I picked out some gorgeous navy pique, again after consulting with Sandra on fabric choices (there were so many!) and got underway. But first... I tried on a ton of her other items and quizzed Sandra on fitting. We drew diagrams of how I might want to change my patterns to get the perfect fit.
Next, I cut out my pattern and made the alterations that The Designer and I had worked on together. My sewing time was only interrupted by two things: 1) a catered lunch, during which I sat by Sandra and a few others and talked about life (how fun that was! People who sew are so nice!), and afterward Sandra took my plate for me (!) ('No, sit! I'm going that way anyway...'); and 2) I got to pull out the muslin I made last month of McCall's 5329 and go through it with her for fitting advice, too.
When I got my pants basted togther, they needed a little fine-tuning. Sandra gave me advice on how to do that, too. She pinned the center back seam on the pants with me and we talked about how to drop the yoke just a bit.
Are you tired? I can only imagine how tired she was after such a busy day. But she was truly wonderful throughout. So were the sweet ladies at the store. And the participants were ecstatic. One beautiful woman who has had trouble with pants fitting for years left with a perfect, perfect muslin and a smile on her face. Another woman arrived with a muslin she had tweaked with Snadra the last time she was in town, and left with a perfect pair of pants. I left after hugging Sandra, so delighted I was with my day. I think watching all that sewing success delighted her, too.

Conclusion: I can't say enough great things about this experience!
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ctirish said...
Wow, how wonderful for you, and great to hear spending a day with Sandra is worth the time, energy and money.
3/14/08 0:04 AM
Laurasews said...
I have always admired S. Betzina. Thanks for the review.
3/14/08 0:46 AM
Athene said...
I am so very envious right now - I wish I could attend something like that with SB - Congratulations - you are a very lucky sewer - hope to see a review of those pants some day soon.
3/14/08 2:27 AM
Danvillegirl said...
I am grinning with you! Sounds like a super day. Lucky you to get to sit and sew with one of the best in the country!
3/14/08 6:41 AM
OK, I'll have to pick my bottom lip off the floor now :). What a wonderful experience. I am sooo happy for you. Sounds like you had a great time and learned a lot.
3/14/08 9:44 AM
nancymm said...
There's going to be a similar 2-day class with Sandra Betzina next week (3/12-3/13) at Eddies Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, CA--I signed up and now I'm REALLY looking forward to it.
3/14/08 9:52 AM
robsdee said...
What an exciting & wonderful experience for you! I have goosebumps just reading it! Thanks for sharing. I hope I have an opportunity like that come along one day!
3/14/08 10:37 AM
pterion said...
Quick! Where is the 'green with envy' emoticon! I am truly jealous (and happy for you of course).
3/14/08 11:01 AM
Annie- oh said...
A vicarious thrill - made my day!
3/14/08 11:35 AM
Mufffet said...
WOW....that sounds just great. I hope she comes somewhere near me one of these years! :)
3/14/08 12:18 PM
priscilla said...
It sounds like it was a great experience. I wish Sandra could make it to the sewing expo in Worcester. Having her tweak your pattern is wonderful, now you have a perfect pattern.
3/15/08 1:08 PM
fryman said...
what was Sandra's fee? how did you know she was offering this 2-day seminar sew-along? please respond to my address of Much obliged!!
3/16/08 2:12 PM
mis_priss said...
I am so JAZZED I signed up for the wait list for Sandra's pants class on May 4th at Eddie's Quilting Bee in sunnyvale CA, and someone cancelled and I got in!! I never thought I would get in. I can't wait to go. Any suggestions for my trip?
4/25/08 2:40 PM

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