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Posted on: 8/13/10 4:28 PM
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Web site/URL: Soft Handbag Construction
I keep coming back to PR courses because I really like the format. For this course, all six lessons were posted before the start date so as soon as I registered I was able to access them. I think this was both good and bad- it gave me time to absorb the information entirely but it also took away some of the anticipation excitement that I normally associate with learning.
Compared to other PR Courses, these lessons had just a few pages so I saved a LOT of paper printing! The lessons contained mostly color photos but I printed them in B&W and, as they say, 'A picture is worth a thousand words' so I guess not much text was needed.
Not all of us had all of our supplies but those that did make a bag seemed to use the same bag outline that Kenneth designed in the lesson photos. Although he suggested that we create our own freehand template, I am not really creative so I would have preferred some template options rather than have to think about making a freehand drawing. I think I should have probably found a clutch design that I liked before signing up and used that as my pattern- I might have been more inspired to actually complete a bag for this course.
Kenneth answered every question and even asked for more in the chats but we seemed to be a quiet bunch. It may have been a busy July for others as well as for me- I missed 2 of the 3 chats offered due to family events. We had only 2 or 3 classmates in each Chat and they ended early but that was good due to the late start time- 10PM EST. Same for the Classroom Board- only 6 folks posted and both on the same question about boning. I generally look forward to the numerous questions posed by classmates because I learn so much more- things I never thought about.
The other Classroom posts were on where to order the supplies or that they were waiting on their Internet supply orders. I think a kit might be a great offering for this class- I would gladly have purchased one that contained a few template options, the white slipper satin, wool felt, rattail cord, rigilene webbed boning and a curved sewing needle and perhaps even a zipper.
Overall I think this was a good class for me. I had just purchased Kenneth King's Cool Couture book and had studied his techniques so I really enjoyed meeting him and I was fascinated by the fashion fabrics being discussed. If you are a fashion forward, creative person I would highly recommend this course.

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diana prabhakar said...
I did this class and even got a cd from kenneth for both rigid and soft hand bag construction.The bag design is not what we normally see.Even on the CD ther is no information on how to fix the handles.I think it is assumed that you should be knowing how to fix the handle. This is not for beginners.I would have preferred a clutch pattern.They should come out with actual video recording instead of notes as a lot of detail is left out
9/16/10 9:57 AM
diana prabhakar said...
I did this class and even got a cd from kenneth for both rigid and soft hand bag construction.The bag design is not what we normally see.Even on the CD ther is no information on how to fix the handles.I think it is assumed that you should be knowing how to fix the handle. This is not for beginners.I would have preferred a clutch pattern.They should come out with actual video recording instead of notes as a lot of detail is left out
9/16/10 9:58 AM
diana prabhakar said...
I did this class and even got a cd from kenneth for both rigid and soft hand bag construction.The bag design is not what we normally see.Even on the CD ther is no information on how to fix the handles.I think it is assumed that you should be knowing how to fix the handle. This is not for beginners.I would have preferred a clutch pattern.They should come out with actual video recording instead of notes as a lot of detail is left out
9/16/10 9:59 AM
 
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