|I learned A LOT from this class. From altering to technique shortcuts. Louise Cutting and her assistant, Sandy Miller, were very patient in explaining each technique -- 17 in total, plus additional lecture information from Louise.
Several of the techniques were exemplified in samples made from Louise's patterns. I liked seeing the examples in a finished garment, but I also felt it was pushing her patterns, which although understandable, turned me slightly off because her patterns are made for resort wear and for women who wear elastic pants and shoulder pads.
Louise's personality is a hoot! I can definitely see why people would follow her, but it was also a bit groupie-ish the way some folks seemed to already know what patterns she was going to mention, etc.
The class size of 25 was too many. If you ran into trouble understanding the technique, you were on your own or had to look at someone else's sample to figure it out. This is partly because only Sandy demonstrated and checked the samples for most of the time. For whatever reason, Louise would leave the room...although, I also suspect because there was one person in my class who was supposedly a professional and, yet, took most of Louise's time to talk about who knows what. The person even 'cut' in front of me to talk to Louise when it was my turn for the pants fitting. Sounds like a playground whine, but when it happens consistently over a 3-day workshop, it was irritating.
I think there could have been more organization in the class and setting groundrules, such as:
-- Cell phones off, a few ladies didn't even bother leaving the room
-- Schedule periodic break. I had to hold my bladder several times to figure out if I was going to miss something important.
-- Schedule the hard exercises in the morning, not the late afternoon when brain power and blood sugar are low
-- Re-organize the handouts to be the order that you are going to present the content. It was very difficult to listen and gather sample fabric, instructions and patterns while listening and trying to take notes.
-- Either reduce the class size or both Louise and Sandy should walk around the room to review the work for a better student:instructor ratio and attention.
I still give the workshop the highest rating because I did learn a lot. The three links below are my blog posts with several of the tips that I learned.