I had been trying to fit a basic fitted T-shirt to me and tweaking it for a couple of months, and finally decided to quit wasting so much time, and just get all of my basic patterns fitted to me by an expert. Then I'd make design changes myself. I travelled to Anne St. Clair's shop in Wichita, KS with my mom for the last week of March, and she fitted me for all of my basic patterns. Anne also offers all of these classes that I took individually as group classes at her store and at events and ASG meetings around the country, and simply used the same instructional materials to help me.
Time frame for class:
This is a little hard for me to figure out since we just did one thing after another while I was there. I think she usually does this one in one afternoon or an evening (say, 5 pm - 8 pm).
I had already sewn up my most recent try at fitting a T-shirt to me, so Anne looked at it on me and made a few corrections to my pattern. Then we used this to draft and sew my two choices of other styles for which she already had the directions.
1. Drape neck top
Anne used my corrected basic pattern and her instructions for modifying it to create a pattern for a drape neck top. My mom then cut it out and started to sew it up, and it fit. However, Anne suggested another variation to this: I had drafted it with a horizontal bust dart (since my jersey fabric only has about 20% stretch), so she suggested using clear elastic instead to gather up the side seam in that area only, and gave me the written directions for calculating the length needed and showed me how to sew it in. (You use 1/4" clear elastic and sew it as close to the edge as possible with a long narrow zig zag stitch on the sewing machine.) All of the seams have 1/4" S.A. to make them easy to sew up on the serger. This is a lovely top!!
2. Knotted front top, as per Coldwater Creek
I really like this one, too, and so comfy!!
She had several other variations to choose from, but for her class, you have time to pick two of them and make them.
Take home materials:
1. Completed patterns
2. Detailed instructions on changing the necklines of the basic T to several other styles and how to construct them
3. Two completed and fitted shirts
She also offers the basic T-shirt fitting/drafting class which helps you to get the basic T fitted. Once you have this pattern to fit, you can make any other style of top you want. I would highly recommend this class!