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Posted on: 3/29/04 1:57 PM
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The neighboring ASG offered 2 Sandra Betzina (SB) classes last weekend. I was only able to attend the pants class.

SB is an excellent speaker. Her talks are fun and interesting. No droning or dull lectures. She is full of energy, articulate, and will stop and answer questions or reiterate details.

The pants class focussed on 2 areas: sewing techiniques for successful pants and fitting. It's one thing to read the tip in Power Sewing, but it's even more helpful to have SB explaining it live, noting details, and handing you a sample that you can closely examine.

It was pretty exciting to try on the pants samples and have SB tell you how to fit them. I tried on the jeans, and according to the pattern envelope, I'm between an F and a G. Well, I could barely get the F on, so it was very helpful to know that I have to start with a G. Some alterations are obvious, like my very short front crotch, but it's invaluable to have her help you with the inner thigh stuff and protruding back calves. I think those are really hard to do by yourself or even with a friend who isn't an experienced fitter. It's also really nice to have the theory applied to an actual pattern that you can try on.

I highly recommend this class to anyone who has access.

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Gigi Louis said...
How lucky you were able to attend! I *love* Sandra. Although I've seen her three or four times I never, ever tire of her energy and enthusiasm. She is a generous and friendly speaker.
3/28/05 5:16 PM
Barbara G said...
I would love to attend one of Sandra Betzina's seminars. I've memorized "Power Sewing" but would get so much more out of a live session! Thanks for your helpful review.
3/28/05 5:06 PM
Lisette said...
I will be attending two of her seminars this month and I can hardly wait! I will report later..
4/3/04 7:21 PM
joan said...
I attended both the morning and afternoon sessions and I agree with all tha Neefer wrote. To have all the garment sizes sewn up to try on was so helpful for the jacket and 2 styles of pants! Don't miss her if she is in your area. She will tailor the seminar to your particular areas of interest.
4/1/04 11:24 AM
Ann C said...
My green eyes have intensified due to my jealousy, waxing nostalgic for the days when all I had to do to see Sandra was to turn on the TV. Now it would normally involve a cross-country flight and hotels.
3/30/04 6:58 AM
kathi s said...
I really envy you! I'd love to attend one of her workshops!
3/29/04 6:33 PM
 
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