|Not only is this a great class, but it is rolled into a history lesson in Couture and the House of Chanel. If you have ever wanted to know more about the construction that goes into a Chanel, then you don't want to miss the opportunity to take this class with Claire Shaeffer. From the welcome dinner at Claire's home to the time the class is officially over, you will be exposed to beautiful Chanel garments, slide shows that contain garments which have been displayed at exhibits around the globe, and inside tips that make a Chanel "a Chanel".
The information delivered in the class is intense, but I found myself like a human sponge trying to absorb everything. You will construct half of a jacket using the same techniques that are used on a Couture Chanel. Most of your sewing will be done by hand, as it is in the Couture houses. You will learn new techniques, and ways to improve current skills. A knowledge of sewing (both skills and terminology) is a must. Claire is most gracious in answering questions, but doesn't have enough class time to explain, demonstrate and teach the basics. If you have read any of her books, patterns (the couture instruction section), or any of the articles she has written for various trade publications, it will give you a pretty good idea of the skill level that is presented in the classroom.
If you are a fan of Chanel, and want to learn how to duplicate this look in your own sewing studio, this is the class for you. Most of us don't have the time to make a fully constructed Couture garment, but to have the knowledge and techniques tucked away and be able to pull out those special applications for a certain garment and get the desired look, is an education that I can't do justice with words.