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Class Reviews > Pattern Draft Your Own Pant (Kenneth D. King)

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This was an in person sewing class hosted by Sew Fast Sew Easy located at 147 West 35th Street, Suite 807, New York, NY 10001. The class consisted of 5 weekly sessions each lasting approximately 3 hours.

The class is taught by the master himself - Kenneth D. King and it was my first class with him.

The class is a modified version of Kenneth's CD book "Trouser Draft" which I got from his web site While the CD book contains numerous illustrations and is very detailed, I decided to take this class in person in November 2009. As I was re-entering the sewing world after a 12 year hiatus, I felt as though I needed the personal attention to drafting and fitting that I knew I would get in a personal class.

My class had 6 students so we all got individual attention to our varied body shapes/proportions. We were paired off and took each other's measurements under Kenneth's watchful eyes.

Once your measurements are recorded, Kenneth goes through how to do the calculations and draft the pattern on paper. Your homework is then to cut and sew a muslin together to have the muslin reviewed for fitting adjustments. Luckily, we were told "just throw the zipper in" as I could not for the life of me remember how to insert a zipper properly even though I had done so 12 years ago.

At the next class, we put on our pant muslin and Kenneth then made necessary adjustments to each person's muslin as the rest of us watched. It was really interesting to see the variation of adjustments. The adjustments were then transferred from the muslin to the paper pattern so we could do another muslin. Kenneth's CD does tell you that it often takes 3 muslins to get the perfect fit.

For those who hate math (specifically fractions), this does involve measurements and calculations. They are not difficult calculations (more of a pain in the neck) but Kenneth suggested folding the tape measure in half or quarter as the case may be to help with the calculations.

Kenneth was just wonderful and a fantastic teacher. He gave each person individual attention. He made everyone comfortable in class and shared his many anecdotes. You were free to ask any question knowing that he would answer it. We were also lucky enough to get numerous sewing tips. He kept reminding us that this was not a race; that each person had their own pace and if we did not finish the muslin at the completion of the 5 sessions, he encouraged us to stop by to see him personally so he could help with the completion of the fitting. You don't get that kind of personal attention from a sewing class very often.

If I remember correctly, the last session was spent on how to change/adapt the initial pant sloper to different styles of trousers. Kenneth's CD book goes into more details.

This is not a pant construction class so do not be disappointed if you don't get a pattern for waistband or pockets. You can easily take the pockets and waistband from another pattern you already have. Remember this is to draft a pattern for the best fitting pair of pants.

This was a fantastic class and great for me re-entering the sewing world. Definitely a winner!

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nancy2001 said... (7/6/10 11:11 AM) Reply
Sounds like a terrific class.
RLL said... (7/6/10 10:04 AM) Reply
Wow, it sounds wonderful.
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