|If there were ten stars, this class would deserve them. The first step is to make the shoulder template. I have referred to this in my tee shirt reviews a lot. This shoulder template is a muslin that you then tweak to fit YOUR shoulders, front and back. The proper fitting of that area also helps the sleeves some off actually AT your shoulder, not up on it, and not below it. I had these shoulder seams way off my shoulders due to needing a larger size to fit the other more ample portions of my body. My shoulders are much smaller, as is the case with a lot of us plus sized ladies. Pattern companies seem to feel you get larger all around and all the way up and down as well as in certain areas. This isn't the case. All shaped and sizes of ladies were in this class and benefited much by Shannon's expertise.
First there is the measuring and the flat alterations and the pattern tweaking, then there is the making of the muslin, then the fitting of the muslin. After the shoulder template is made, we do the whole bodice of the chosen pattern, having altered the shoulder area front and back with our template.
Then you learn to alter this bodice muslin for your particular shape from and back. Whatever your fitting situation, Shannon is there with very hands on advice, lots of encouragement and pretty much all the help you could ever ask for unless she was sitting in your sewing area with you!
You learn to rotate darts (sounds scary but isn't it turns out!). You learn to adjust for style, play with design and get those underarms raised so you have some range of motion. So many patterns have low armholes, and that rather constrains our movements.
I strongly recommend this class, especially as a preamble to whatever other fitting class you want to take.
Shannon is there almost all the time on the class boards, and the gallery is so helpful to see what other students are doing. These photos and the critique of same are a most valuable portion of the class. :)