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All About Set-In Sleeves and Armholes (Online Sewing Class)

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Posted by: knitmachinequeen
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Posted on: 5/25/09 3:24 AM
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Web site/URL: All About Set-In Sleeves and Armholes
It's impossible to believe that you could learn so much in 15 days and online at that. Taught by Sarah Veblen, this class is full of information,
The 15 lessons are titled:

Introduction to Sleeves and Armholes
Tips for Altering Patterns and Pattern Drafting
Measuring the Arm
Comparing Your Personal Measurements to A Commercial Pattern
Making Changes to the Comercial Pattern
Drafting a Sleeve to Measurements
Developing an Armhole That Fits Well
Fitting a Test Sleeve
Making the Fitting Changes to Pattern
Measuring and Comparing the Armhole Opening to the Sleeve Cap Length
How Much Sleeve Cap Ease is Enough/How Much is Too Much
Sleeve Styles and Adjustment That Take Care of Problems
Solving Other Fitting Problems
Setting in Sleeves Smoothly
Miscellaneous Thoughts

Print the lessons out and you will have a veritable sleeve textbook with over 200 pages! The lessons are so well written that I was able to draft a sleeve from my own measurements and it fit perfectly.

The class photos also provide a view of various fitting problems. I found that because I diligently examined the photos and read the posts, I didn't have to ask a lot of questions because I could solve my problems based on advice given to other participants.

This class is not only about sleeves. To get a good sleeve fit you must first have a good bodice fit. Sarah is very patient and addresses bodice fitting by examining and pointing out different fitting issues based on student photos uploaded to the classroom gallery.

If you have thought about taking an online class but have been hesitant, take my word for it. This is the class to take. Until this class I was just going through the motions when it can to sleeve fit and insertion. After just a couple of days I learned more about sleeve fit than I have in my entire 40 year sewing career. For the first time I am able fit sleeves that really fit and also can spot and correct bodice fit! Taking this class was money well spent.
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Nancy Rhodes said...
Like I just said about your draping book review, you are making me a poor girl... I will never be able to fully retire at this rate. Taking my first PR On-Line class --stitch'n'flip lining. I will definitely put this one on my short list.... many thanks!
5/25/09 9:28 AM
nancy2001 said...
Sounds like a gerat class. Thanks for your very helpful review.
5/26/09 7:37 AM
RobinMCPA said...
Thanks for the great review - as someone who has some fitting issues on sleeve caps on woven fabrics, this sounds like a very helpful class and I will keep an eye out for it.
5/26/09 2:05 PM
Nancy K said...
I have been sewing about the same amount of time and I still have issues with fitting sleeves. I was very hesitant to take another on line class as the first one I took was awful. I will definitely put this on my to do list.
5/26/09 4:33 PM
Linda G said...
Thanks for the review. Sleeves (especially changing from one style to another) has always been a mystery to me.
6/1/09 8:35 AM
wildberrymom said...
This class is now on my wishlist!
6/27/09 6:20 PM

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