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Posted on: 7/6/10 1:34 PM
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Web site/URL: The Little Black Dress
This is an online class offered here on PR and hosted by the great Susan Khalje.

Have you ever wanted a little dress (black or otherwise) that brings out the elegance in you? If so, sign up for this class to learn things to help you create that special dress.

The class is presented in 4 weekly sessions - 1 hour per session. You are notified in advance that the lesson materials are available for downloading/viewing. You are expected to read/review and prepare for the lesson in advance. This allows you to post any questions re: issues/problems at the next chat.

The class covers:

1) Possible patterns for that special "Little Black Dress" - keep in mind that the dress does not have to be black.

2) Possible fabric choices

3) Supplies

4) Preparation of a muslin (very important before you go cutting into your very special fashion fabric)

5) Underlinings (types and application)

6) Basic construction

7) Decorative treatments (things that can take your dress one step further)

8) Zippers (insertion)

9) Hems

10) Linings

11) Fine details

Even if you don't create the special "Little Black Dress", there are so many tips throughout the course material as well as when you participate in the chat sessions, you are bound to learn something that will come in handy in future garment construction.

In my case, this was my first online class here at PR. Other than draft a pant sloper and bodice sloper from Kenneth King's personal classes, I knew I had to get up to date with what is going on in the sewing world. This class certainly brought be up to date (and confirmed to me how out of date my sewing was).

While I did not complete the dress over the 4 sessions, I was able to look back and take techniques from the course and apply it otherwise.

A great example of this is - this weekend I finally decided that for my first sewing project (after a 12 year hiatus) I would make a skirt. I know, simple but it covers basic sewing skills. Last weekend, I drafted simple straight skirt as instructed from the Kenneth King's "The Skirts" CD book (available here at PR). I made a muslin to check the fit, etc.

I bought some black eyelet and figured I would make a skirt. Well, I got home and thought hmm ... I had to line the eyelet (unless I wanted to walk around inappropriately dressed). I remembered that I saw something in the course material so, I went thumbing through the notes/pictures. My aha moment came when I saw a specific picture. I was able to determine how I am going to finish the inside so, I went out and bought me some hot pink cotton which I will use as interlining.

Susan is a fantastic teacher! She is organized, knoweledgable and patient. You will not regret taking the class even if you do not complete the dress over the 4 sessions, don't despair. No matter what your sewing level is, you will come away from this class having gained something.

I encourage anyone to take this class!!!

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nancy2001 said... (7/7/10 8:23 AM) Reply
You can find the Kenneth King items for sale here on PR
nancy2001 said... (7/7/10 8:23 AM) Reply
tatica said... (7/7/10 7:44 AM) Reply
where can we buy King's books and CD's? they'not in Amazon.
Bunsnpigs said... (7/7/10 7:39 AM) Reply
I have taken two of her classes and she is wonderful. I wanted to take this one but conflicts in schedule prohibited me from doing so. I will definitely take it in the future. Thank you for your review.
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