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Posted on: 6/16/08 9:38 AM
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Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 8 people   
Web site/URL: Make a Bodice Muslin
After many years of struggling with a hard to fit back, (I have a spine curvature), I finally have come to know what is involved, and it's this class and Shannon I have to thank. There aren't enough stars to rate her, as there are only three and she deserves at least five.

I first registered, thinking I had the ''fitter's nightmare'' and that I wouldn't be able to get my problem solved. But having a previous class of Shannon's, I knew she was up to the task and did so willingly.

As always, her instructions and lessons were easy to follow. In an Adobe format, they were easy to download. Colorful illustrations, not only in the lessons but also on the boards provided excellent instruction. And she gave us bonus lessons, such as rotating a dart and changing our design.

Our first project was to make a template with the upper shoulder area of our pattern, to see where our fitting problems started. At the shoulders makes so much sense as this is where most of the garment hangs. The template is now a permanent reminder of the adjustments I need to make.

The things I enjoyed most were the light bulb moments that I and my fellow classmates were sharing. It was as if the Internet were popping flashbulbs (that phrase dates me....) I learned a few new tricks while in this class, especially that I've been doing the wrong adjustments, and it was that which made me frustrated when it came to fitting the upper body. Now I have a tool--my template--and the knowledge of how to use it. It has been said that ''knowledge is power'', and these days I'm feeling pretty ''powerful'' when it comes to fitting.

Shannon's teaching style has always been visual, so if you're looking for lots of detailed, technical information in a specific format, you might be better off buying a book. She is also communicative and unbelievably fair. What I mean by ''fair'' is that she does not prefer to label someone as having a ''round back'', or ''forward shoulders'', but instead chooses to show them their particular fitting problem and how to fix it.

She was there all the time, daily, and in the middle of storms and lightning; even on a holiday! When the second chat wasn't operating, Shannon was online with us, through the board, saying she was working on it. She never made us feel we were alone.

If I could point out a few drawbacks, the biggest was with the class photo gallery. This contained previous student work, combined with the current student work. Although I feel it's important to look at the other completed work, I found it confusing as I didn't know who was in my class and who wasn't. Maybe a folder entitled Previous Student Work would suffice. Also, the member names were in no particular order. I had to scan the page to locate my fellow members. Something in a list format might be better.

I can't regard this class highly enough. Pattern Review has found a gold mine and it's in Shannon!

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nancy2001 said... (6/22/08 7:29 PM) Reply
Sounds like a great class. Thanks for your very helpful review.
Kathleen Fasanella said... (6/18/08 11:30 AM) Reply
I'm always pleased to know when someone is intellectually generous. It shows a lot of integrity.
Mufffet said... (6/17/08 10:13 AM) Reply
I second the motion! 5 stars isn't even enough for this class. I didn't think our photos lived on , and I would really prefer that once a class is over, the photos be deleted, and that is what I did think happened! Gads. I am so glad this class was the "lightbulb moment" for you Beth! It was for me too! This week I am doing one for my daughter in preparation for sewing her something - she has finally asked me to do that, and she is tiny. We'll have to make the smallest size smaller.
ryan's mom said... (6/17/08 6:23 AM) Reply
I took this class a couple of years ago and agree! I found it better when there was no photo gallery and each member posted their pics in their posts. That was so much easier for me to follow. You're so right on the alterations. I was doing some that didn't apply to me, some I now do that I didn't know I needed to do. It is so valuable to have a trained eye assess fitting issues and finally get them under control.
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