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Class Reviews > An evening with Connie Crawford

Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
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Posted on: 4/24/09 4:12 PM
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The Boston Chapter of the ASG invited Connie Crawford to give a presentation to our group on April 23, 2009. Connie opened the meeting at 5:30 in the evening and did not stop for four hours.

Connie started with the 2009/10 winter and a bit of the following spring fashion forecasts. She gave us a little insight as to how designers use “predictives” to decide what may sell in the future. She also gave us a little taste of what a designer or assistant designer does, and a bit about the actual fashion economy. We now all have a better understanding of why department stores and other retail establishments can go out of business. Fashion sewing is going to be bigger than ever in the coming few seasons.

Connie was clear that the industry is keeping up with the most affluent customers and that the average person, (all of us in the room) were going to be getting less of the designers efforts. Basically, rich folks still have money to spend.

Connie spent the last portion of the program showing us how to custom draft a pair of pants. She is very clear that patterns have to be properly balanced. She started to give us the 4 balance points of a pattern, but moved on to the meat of the program. She made each participant of the meeting a gift of the pants drafting chapter from her huge pattern-drafting book.

There are 2 pant drafts offered, one for the younger figure, and one for the mature figure. A plus sized woman would choose the mature draft, even if young. There were also drafts for children and men included in the book. One lucky woman was the model and for the indignity of having her measurements posted for 35 women to see, she received a custom drafted pants pattern. We all agreed she made a good trade.

I enjoyed this presentation, and came away with a new enthusiasm to sew pants.

I put Connie Crawford's web address up, not the ASG website. I recently became an ASG member and since November I have been luck enough to see presentations by two Sewing Personalities.

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wendalia said... (5/23/10 6:44 PM) Reply
Just had a 3 day class with her in Flint, phenomenal. Not to be missed if you get the opportunity. wendy
Marilyn in Ohio said... (1/28/10 2:58 PM) Reply
Our local ASG chapter featured Connie in an all day workshop. What a great day! She corrected a lot of misinformation that has been taught to us over the years. She's a must see if in your area.
Rhonda in Montreal said... (5/9/09 10:59 AM) Reply
Hi Ann B.! You're ALSO lucky to have an ASG!! ;) Rhonda in Canada
gaginny said... (4/25/09 9:26 AM) Reply
I wish that I could have been there.....I am looking forward to summer of 2010 when she will be in Atlanta.....I love her patterns as they fit my mature figure so very well. I called her number from her website to order a pattern and she answered. I asked her when she would be in this area and that is how I found out about the Atlanta seminar. I think it will be a part of an ASG conference....I need to join this organization!
nancy2001 said... (4/25/09 8:26 AM) Reply
Sounds like a great class.
kellymailinglist said... (4/25/09 7:24 AM) Reply
Sounds like your membership is paying off! Thanks for the review.
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