|I recently attended Peggy Sagers’, of Silhouette Patterns, 4- Day Muslin Workshop. It was great. It is one workshop that I would like to attend again and again.
There were only eight attendees (the max is 10) so everyone received a lot of personal attention.
The workshop is geared for any sewing skill level. The workshop plan is that everyone will fit a muslin pant, jacket and top (blouse). However, with time permitting, you can do as many muslins as you want. I personally was able to have two pairs of pants, a jacket, a dress and blouse fitted. I did come to the first day of class with one pant muslin, the blouse and the dress muslins already sewed. But there was plenty of time in the class to cut and sew muslins, too.
As Peggy Sagers fits you she explains each step she takes and the reasons for the changes she is making to the muslins. After being fitted by her, I think I have a better understanding of what is a circumference change vs. a depth change on a muslin. Peggy really demystifies this process of fitting for me. You are welcome (and encouraged) to ask questions at any time during the fitting and she makes a point of answering all your questions. Furthermore, she‘ll sit down with you and walk through the process of measuring yourself, choosing the ‘correct’ size and even sewing the muslin. Sounds pretty simply – right? But many of us – me included - have started the sewing process with the wrong size pattern.
Also, she really encourages feedback as you are being fitted by asking questions about how the muslin feels on your body. Standing there in front of the mirror maybe the muslin feels fine but who of us just stands around in our clothes?! She encouraged us to really take a look at the RTW that we like, measure it (e.g. circumference of the thigh area or the sleeve) and how we can use this information to make better fitting clothes.
Along with the fitting, Peggy demonstrates many sewing techniques that not only help speed along the sewing process but also provide great results (e.g. using tie interfacing for setting in a sleeve).
But most of all Peggy is a patient teacher willing to give 110% .
This was the first workshop I had ever taken from her, prior to this I had only heard her at lectures, and like I said, I would take this workshop again without hesitation. I learned so much about fit, pattern drafting and sewing in these four days. I was sorry to see the workshop end, but I was truly exhausted (in a good way) on all that I learned. Now, I am busy cutting my fashion fabric sewing up the patterns that I had fitted.