|I took the class January 2011, at Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita, Kansas. It was a two day class, that lasted around 3 to 4 hours each session. And was after store hours. So no distractions during the class.
The pattern used was a very modified Kwik Sew, that Anne (the teacher of the class, and also the owner of Needle Nook Fabrics) modified heavily to in reality make her own pattern.
We were given a few choices, short sleeve, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, scoop neck, of v-neck. Later she also gave us the option of coming back in with the pattern and her giving us another alternative of a shawl neck as she called it. Which was a V neck that kind of popped at the collar. I really liked that option/view. I will be going back to have her help me with that.
The class is kept to 4 or less students. However, my class only had me and two other students, due to bad winter snow we had, and the fourth student living too far outside of town to come in for the class during such weather conditions. I really liked the class size, Anne was able to give a lot of one on one attention and help through out the class.
When we came into enroll into the class, she took full measurements of every body part you can imagine. To customize our specific pattern. And we were to at that time pick our fabric if we needed. (we could bring any knit we really wanted though.) We were supposed to arrive with the fabric washed and ready for cutting. However, one student forgot and Anne graciously washed her fabric during the first days session, in the store's washing machine.
We were encouraged to bring in our own machine if we wanted and she would help us learn to use it, or we could also opt to use her machines in the store. Mainly middle school second hand sewing machines by Bernita. I wanted to try her machines as I have a cheap cruddy machine and have been wanting a used one just like the ones she has in her shop. So I opted to use her machines. And was very grateful to have. I fell in love with her machines and for sure want to buy one of my own. The other two students however did choose to bring in their own machine and Anne was very helpful for them as well in getting to learn how to use their own machines.
The first day we learned about the different kinds of knits, how to recognize them and what to make with them. She handed out example papers, with swatch examples, along with written descriptions of each, and what items could be made with each kind of knit, on the papers. They were take home pieces for us to keep.
We went over a few other basics for tee shirts, knits, and sewing techniques, all of which we were given hand outs to keep and take home on.
Next we did the cutting, pinning, pressing and such. With each step along the way she demonstrated first what we would do and then helped us as needed through each of those steps.
The second days session was much the same with her demonstrating each step, and then helping us as needed through doing each step ourselves.
I loved my final result of tee shirt. And was very pleased with the class. Much better then I had taken in school, with too many other students to have much one on one time with the teacher.
Also notable was-
1) I had two small children at the time. A four year old, and a less then one year old. The less then one year old was still nursing at the time. She had a play area for them very close to the sewing/class area. (only feet away) She was very patient with my children being there as was the other students. Which I am very grateful for! They mainly played for the most part in the play area. But, after so long sometimes my four year old would get distracted and want to be with the rest of us, at which time Anne was very gracious and help her do some little task of sewing with us that was safe for her. Also no one seemed to mind when I had to stop and nurse from time to time during the class.
This may be good information for those of you with small children, or turn off people with out children. For me it was a tremendous bonus.
Also of note, was since it was so extremely cold outside, and most in this economy right now only have one car, or are trying to save gas money by car pooling. Anne encouraged our husbands to come in and stay in the store during the class instead of sitting outside in the car in the freezing cold. Again for me this was a wonderful provision, for some this may not be as welcomed.