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Posted on: 11/20/13 8:45 PM
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I put this class in my Craftsy wish list as soon as I got an email detailing its existence! I've been following a sew-along for a Chanel style jacket and got kind of stuck at the stage of cutting the lining. I am working on the Style Arc Coco, comprised of many pieces, and could not see quilting all those tiny pieces as being feasible. Enter Lorna Knight and her class. She is an engaging presenter and has set up her class along the lines of Susan Khalje's Couture Dress class. She has a lot of advice to give, from choosing fabrics to fitting, cutting and constructing the jacket. I will admit that the fitting lesson is not terribly helpful, but her fabric lesson was inspiring. I am now glad that I had not yet cut my lining, as I am leaning towards a dupioni now, as she demonstrated in the class. The effect with the tweed is stunning!

I appreciate that, like Khalje, Knight uses a more challenging fabric to teach the class. Her choice is a checked tweed, requiring print matching. It is always helpful to see how the pros undertake pattern matching. Knight is calm and reassuring as she presents techniques and her demonstrations are thorough. She always shows starting and finishing of the extensive hand sewing involved in the construction of the jacket, although she has completed samples to hand when it is time to move on, as with applying the pocket. One thing that was particularly motivating for me, after mulling for the past few weeks over the lining quilting issue, is that she constructs the fronts and the back of both jacket and lining and then does the quilting. This was my thinking exactly, but I wasn't sure if I could/should do it this way. Yay! This method allows for more efficient quilting and construction, as it eliminates tiny and few lines of quilting on the really little pieces. It also eliminates the need to fell stitch four lining seams; only the side and shoulder seams of the lining on the jacket body need this treatment. It makes a lot more sense for me, working on the Coco.

I highly recommend this class if this garment and/or couture techniques are of particular interest to you. Undertaking this jacket is a lot of work, but Lorna Knight will get you there. I am so glad that this class is available. It was what I needed to get over the slump I was in on this jacket. I think that I really needed to see someone doing the techniques; a photo tutorial is insufficient for this type of project. It is also very difficult to convey, in words and the odd photo, just what is involved. It is helpful to see a person manipulating the fabric to achieve the desired result. The sleeve and pocket lessons are terrific, as is the finishing lesson, where she covers trim, including the chain to weight the hem. I should also add that Vogue 7975 is the pattern included with the class.

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rtrittel said...
Thank you so much for your review of this course. I have been on the fence about purchasing yet another Craftsy class (!) but you have convinced me that this one is well worth it - thanks!
11/21/13 7:41 AM
CindyBklyn said...
Thank you for such a detailed explanation of this class. The opportunities to learn from the classes/instructors on the Craftsy site are, in my opinion, well worth the investment of energy and money. My skill level is not sufficient, at this time, to benefit from this particular class. I very much appreciate your in-depth review. All the best to you!
11/21/13 8:32 AM
Teeavilnor said...
Thank you for this review, I tas thinking of purchasing it but have decided not. I am like Ron Collins I avoid any hand sewing.
11/21/13 9:17 AM
clcruick said...
This class is definitely a winner! I recommend it if it is of interest, but recognize that the scope of this particular project is not for everyone. I'm not even sure if my skills are quite there yet, but have decided to jump in and go for it! I picked up a dupioni for my lining yesterday, along with some trim, and am excited to get going again on the Coco!
11/23/13 7:24 AM
Sewcoastal said...
Thanks for your review, it's next on my list ;)
11/26/13 11:49 AM
Jstarr4250 said...
Thanks very much for your great review of this class. I am just beginning my second viewing and could not agree more with everything you've said. Like you, the only chapter that I felt was lacking was the one covering fitting - if you require anything more than taking in or letting out the front princess seam you would need to do some research elsewhere. Aside from that, I feel absolutely confident about beginning this project. Lorna's style is so quietly reassuring. I'm very eager to see your Coco jacket constructed using these techniques since I've had that pattern for months and have not tackled it yet. While I like very much the Vogue 7975 pattern that comes with the class, I'm going to use Burda 107 from 2/2013. It's got a bit more of a modern take with its v shaped neckline and cutaway fronts. I high recommend this class and feel it is a wonderful investment even at Craftsy's full price. I was fortunate enough to get it during their 19.99 sale.
12/15/13 7:15 AM
carolynw said...
Thanks for such a helpful review - am about to register and needed to have some insight
3/18/14 10:52 AM
 
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