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Posted on: 7/5/10 12:56 PM
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This was my second class with Kenneth King at Sew Fast Sew Easy. The first being the Draft Your Own Pant class in November 2009 and this moulage class was done in January 2010.

This was a series of 4 weekly sessions lasting approximately 3 hours each week. I definitely needed this class as I have issues with doing the full bust adjustment/alteration (FBA) on commercial patterns. (This is probably one of the reasons I gave up on sewing many years ago.)

True to form, Kenneth's instructions are clear/concise and interspersed with anecdotes and tips which lends to making his class interesting and fun. Kenneth is a great teacher. He is knowledgeable, patient and never condescending. He answers all your questions and encourages you.

This class had 5 students (including myself) with varying levels of sewing skills from beginner and above. We each got individual attention starting with taking measurements, calculation of the measurements to be put on draft pattern paper and actually drafting the bodice moulage. After cutting/stitching up the moulage, we tried them on in class and Kenneth worked with us individually to make necessary adjustments. The adjustments were then transferred to the paper pattern. From the pattern for the moulage, we drafted a sloper for a blouse/dress, jacket and coat.

The class did not address drafting necklines, collars or sleeves. The fact that I got a great fitting moulage is a miracle in itself after 4 classes. I will use the moulage to help me pad out my dress form and/or to make a bustier.

The moulage is more detailed in Kenneth's CD book "The Moulage" which is available here and on his website.

We asked Kenneth if we could use the slopers to help with altering commercial patterns and he said yes. He also recommended Lynda Maynard's CD book "Demystifying Fit" (available here on PatternReview) which goes into detail about using the sloper to alter commercial patterns.

I would definitely recommend this class or any of Kenneth's classes. As I said previously, the classes are not only informative, they are fun!

Now if we could get Kenneth to do a tailoring/coat class that would be over the top!

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Phoenix461 said... (7/15/10 6:39 AM) Reply
This class is held at Sew Fast Sew Easy located at 147 West 35th Street, New York, NY. You can check their website at
Miss Fairchild said... (7/14/10 7:55 PM) Reply
Where was this held? (or am I missing something..)
moushka said... (7/6/10 12:42 PM) Reply
Nothing beats hands on experience, especially with a master teacher like Kenneth King. I envy you being able to take these classes. Would love to hear how you used your new knowledge in your sewing.
nancy2001 said... (7/6/10 11:11 AM) Reply
What a great class.
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