|I highly recommend this class for people, including complete novices, who want to learn solid techniques for making garments. Someone who knows a bit about sewing might or might not benefit from the class - she would probably learn useful techniques but get discouraged by the beginner pace. I would be happy to answer any specific questions you might have about the class.
This was a ten-week class in basic sewing, taught by Linda Faiola. Linda is an accomplished patternmaker and garment designer who has published many articles in Threads. She uses couture techniques in her sewing and teaches them to her students. Linda also teaches a continuing sewing class, where students choose their own projects. Everyone in the continuing class has to have taken Linda's basic class.
The project for the entire class term was a simple camp shirt/pajama shirt, using a Big 4 pattern such as McCall 2478 (unisex pajamas), and a quilting cotton print. You can sew this shirt in any size - men's, women's, kids', but everyone's shirt is basically similar.
Step by step, Linda led us through constructing the shirt. For the first couple of classes, she discussed general topics like fabric selection, giving us time to buy patterns and fabric. Once we got started on the shirts, each class started with the instructions and demonstrations for the next step, generally followed by time to work on them. Notetaking is a must. We did all our machine sewing at home but there was plenty of handwork to do in class. Linda admits that some of the techniques are "overkill" for the shirt, but they are useful things to know about for future, more complex projects.
I learned a lot in this class, and it was great to have Linda available weekly for my sewing questions. She gives very clear instructions, and she works patiently with students to make sure they understand them. Linda has strong opinions on techniques, and while you're in her class you will do things her way. (No fusible interfacing!) This might be a problem for someone who has sewn a few garments and developed her own preferred techniques. An experienced sewer might also be frustrated by the pace, and the required project. As a novice, I enjoyed it very much.
Then when I went to the Polarfleece class at Malden Mills, and started thread-marking the center front and back of my pullover, the teacher rolled her eyes. :-)
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