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Portland Sewing Beginning Sewing 2, Beach Pants (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted by: Learn To Sew
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Posted on: 6/23/11 2:33 AM
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I recently took a class at Portland Sewing. They offer classes for students that do not know how to sew or those who need a refresher course. students learn sewing level by level and the skills they need to grow in the proper order. They also offer patternmaking and business classes. There is so much to offer at Portland Sewing.

The class I took is in the Beginning Sewing group. It consists of 3 classes and you take them one after the other. Each class will build your skills on the last class. We start with a zippered skirt, then the beach pants and then the darted shirt with collar. Today I am reviewing the Beach Pants. The cost of the class was $69. It is 3 hours a week for 4 weeks. I took the Wednesday morning class. During the summer, they also offer Summer Camps. Those are the same classes, but 4 days in a row and not over 4 weeks.

For my class I chose a dark khaki twill to work with. I was measured before class, so I knew what size I would be working with. I had it cut out and I was ready to learn.

In the first class we would concentrate on elastics, learning which is which and how to use them. During the skill building part of class we would make 3 different casings with elastics, and then learn how to do a flat felled seam and a French seam. It was a lot to learn in the first class, and we will use these skills as we sew the pants. After that, we learned how to prepare a pattern for tissue fitting. We each had our turn and the patterns were marked for length, crotch changes and so forth.

The second week we would learn to make a drawstring during skill building exercises. Our patterns and fabric were cut to the correct size and we then started making the rear pocket. I had never made one before and it was a lot of fun. We also learned a neat trick to make the 2 back pockets match for pocket placement. We then sewed the inseam using a flat felled seam. The teacher had us sew from hem to crotch and it was actually easier this way.

The third week we started with sewing the crotch seam and reinforce the seam. We learned to do a 3-step zig zag over the reinforced stitches only. The area not reinforced was pressed open and sewed with a 3-step zz stitch. We learned the best way to put on side seam pockets and how to sew them. We sewed a French seam for the side seams. We learned how to press the area of the pocket your hand goes into and how to topstitch the front pants panels in this area. The pants are starting to look like ready to wear now.

The fourth class we get to choose to make either a drawstring casing or an elastic casing. I did a drawstring, as I had done elastic casings before. We learned about buttonholes first. Then we learned how to make the casings and where the stitching lines go. I liked learning how to understitch to make things look nice and neat. We learned how to mark with tiny snips the sides of the casings so they would match up when pinned and sewn to the pants side seams. We did another 3 step zz on the casing seam allowances and pressed toward the pants.

One thing the teachers taught us over and over was to press with a burst of steam after each step. Use the wooden clapper when you can. It does make a difference.

I did not finish the pants during class time, but I was really close to being done. I finished them at home. They are washed, pressed and they look good. I will review them after getting some pictures taken of me in them.

I think the pants fit me fairly well. The next pair will need more hip and thigh room, as I am used to spandex and twill has little give to it. I want a little less room in CB at the waist and less at the inseam from knee to hemline. I also want to reduce the height of the casing band to 2.5 inches. I want to reduce the bulk at the sides by making the pockets from a lighter fabric than twill. The last change I want to make is to raise the back pockets up higher on me.

All in all, a great success.

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Mufffet said...
Great review! If people in the area read this, I am sure they will get a good sense of what that class covers. A bargain as well! Very nice review!
6/23/11 5:14 PM
ColorMeHome said...
Terrific review...I only wish I was in Portland once again!
6/24/11 0:10 AM
Patti B said...
Can't wait to see your review of your pants. Excellent review of your class.
6/24/11 9:43 AM
Learn To Sew said...
I did put up the review with pictures yesterday.
7/4/11 5:58 PM
kchow said...
I'm taking this class right now! I love it!
8/2/11 1:03 PM

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