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Jan Bones Workshop on lingerie (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted by: Jennifer shaw
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Posted on: 1/15/05 11:54 PM
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Jan Bones, the author of Lingerie Secrets and Clothing/ Textile instructor at University of Manitoba came as a guest speaker to the San Jose Chapter of American Sewing Guild.

It was a wonderful workshop on Lingerie techniques that could be also integrated in RTW. It was divided into two sessions. Sample garments/lecture, slide show in the morning and a project - making a knit slip in the afternoon.

She passed around a wide variety of gorgeous sample garments from her pattern line. Her fabrics ranged from sporty microfleece tops to an exquisite ruby red silk jaquard niteshirt with vintage buttons! One of her night shirts was a skyblue cotton gauze with vintage lace applique trims on the collar, yoke and the hem.

After passing around the garments, she presented a slide show that included how to butt elastic for waistbands, as well as
demonstrating the different cuts for the variety of panties she has in her pattern line . There were so many slides as the garments were passed about, that I started focusing on the details of the garments.

Onto the fun part - making the slip/ chemise! The knit slips were precut along with the elastic and the lace. She explained very carefully step- by- step how to do each step on the slip.

One of my favorite techniques was how to mitre the lace for the bodice. (a really cool trick)You can do this by pinning the lace (after you center the design and fold) to a template ( with the angle already cut out on it) and stitch the trim! It made for a perfect diagonal mitre.

Other tips included: a new way to stabilize the neckline - almost invisible and especially how to stitch a seperating zip, when there is no facing in a garment and making it look gorgeous on the inside, too!

I felt that this was a very informative and exciting workshop to attend. If you have the opportunity to see her, she is a wonderful teacher and a delightful person.
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CycleGal said...
Hi Jennifer, thanks for posting the review, I thought the class was full of great tipe, I am excited to give my lingerie sewing another try.
1/17/05 9:17 AM
JeanW said...
Thanks for the great review Jennifer. It was great to meet you on Saturday and I have heard from many participants that they enjoyed the workshop. Some have even finished their garments completely and are on to more. It was very inspiring and she was a veryinterestting and knowledgeable speaker.
1/17/05 7:02 PM
joan said...
I am another attendee at this workshop who was very pleased with Jan's expertise, enthusiasm and her very likable personality.
1/18/05 10:39 PM
Jules/Vancouver BC said...
I've also attended this class (at a different venue - the Vancouver Sewing & Crafts Expo in 2003) and it was great!
1/27/05 11:18 PM

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