|In Build a Better Tee Shannon guides us through basic fitting of a tee shirt. You pick your own pattern; something simple, with set in sleeves, jewel neckline, and with or without darts.
The lessons cover basic fitting, streamlining sewing techniques, creating new necklines, adding a double front, dart changes, knit or woven fabric, t-shirt trims and finishing, changing sleeve lengths. In addition you learn to change some of the design features and make the pattern your own.
There was so much to learn in this class, and as always, the guidance and critique of student work with pictures is awesome. Shannon checks the class board so often I think she has it always open, and even on weekends and holidays, there she is. Different fitting issues are discussed and Shannon's helpful markings on class member photos helps everyone to critique their own work.
Of course the first step, as always, is a muslin. Some of us made more than one muslin. I made two, and fitted the heck out of both of them. Then you make a pattern from this final finished muslin, transferring the changes from your original pattern.
This can all sound daunting to the novice fitter. I was a novice fitter although not a novice sewer. I put off taking the class awhile because it sounded "too hard" for me. I am so glad I took it though because it turns out that the lessons build on one another, the sequence makes it easier to learn, and the class participation and guidance made it a pleasure to learn. I haven't the best spacial skills or hands-on mechanical skills, being more of a bookish daydreamer sort, but with this class my hands on skills improved very much.