|i recently completed this class, taught by Shannon Gifford. Shannon is a wonderful teacher and a fount of sewing knowledge. I learned so much about fitting in this class. Shannon was extremely generous in her attention to each individual student.
The basic organization of the class is this: you purchase a tee shirt pattern, suitable for a knit fabric. You then use this pattern to generate two master patterns: one for wovens and one for knits. In fact, you work out the woven first, then use that to create your master knit pattern.
Although I learned a great deal about fitting, adding darts, making FBA, etc, I have a beef with this method. To me, it simply does not make sense to start with a knit and convert to a woven. The end product was a highly fitted woven bodice, with darts front and back, created from scratch. To then use this to back-create a knit pattern makes even less sense. If you want to fit a woven bodice, why not start with a woven pattern? And if you want a master pattern for knits, why not use your original tee shirt pattern as the jumping off point? I found this process to be very time consuming, if not draining.
I thought the class was going to be quite different--focusing on the basic tee, nice and easy, with our learning different neck treatments, or other variations. Learning something about working with different types of knit fabrics would also have been good.
As I said, I don't want to slam this course, because I did learn a lot and basically overcame my fear of modifying patterns. I would gladly take another class with Shannon. Maybe the patternmaking course would be a good choice--judging by my experience, that's where Shannon's real interests lie.