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Posted on: 8/30/08 1:45 PM
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Back in 2006, krystalkaes did a great review of this class. I had taken the class as well, and I commented there that I thought some of the fitting and sewing classes here should be taken first, and that I would love all the class info for use in the future.

That has come true. Although I was sort of lost in the middle of this class by the esoteric material being discussed, such as fashion designers, examples of said designers work, etc., the class was extremely valuable in many ways. First, the basic slopers we played with were small scale representations of large pattern pieces. After manipulating these pieces, you get an idea of how patterns go together in a broader sense than when you get a pattern, cut and sew it as though it were a puzzle to be solved. The sloper play makes you confident that you know the basic pattern pieces and the basic fitting needed in every garment, no matter how skewed from the basic the design may be.

No longer puzzled by pattern lines which are styled in a new way, you can see right through the style to the basic pattern pieces and this makes alterations for your own body more simple.

Secondly, this class covers dart rotation, neckline variation, fullness or lack thereof, sleeve changes, closures, and as the class description says - much more! You can apply these skills to your own purchased patterns with more confidence. I have changed necklines routinely in the last few years, and feel that I can do this with some knowledge of what other changes might be neccessary to make this work. I can do this only because I took this class! I keep the binder on my shelf near my sewing machine for reference along with the binders of the other classes I have taken here on PR.

The designer portion was interesting, and although at the time I didn't have much time to explore some of the threads there, I have subsequently taken more notice of designer style. I had been interested in this years ago, but with life getting more and more busy, I let that fun and artistic part of style and sewing go. Now I do notice style and really appreciate the classic American designers mentioned by Shannon in this class. I went so far as to buy paper dolls of vintage eras just to enjoy the styles. :)

I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to understand garment construction better, and who has an interest in slopers and design.

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Karendee said... (9/1/08 5:43 PM) Reply
Great information! Thanks.
Nancy K said... (8/31/08 10:24 AM) Reply
Thanks for the good review. I had a bad experience with one online class and have been reluctant to take a second one.
Peggy said... (8/30/08 4:42 PM) Reply
thanks for your review. I'm thinking of taking this class in October.
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