|This class was only 5 days plus a fitting day rather than 6 as we did not go fabric shopping. We arrived with fabric and muslins prepared to fit the day before the class. I was totally amazed at the difference in the look of a jacket that actually fits. Susan took us step through step of the process off cutting and sewing the jacket, including the couture techniques used in this jacket. She demoed the techniques often and allowed us to take pictures of the whole process, plus provied us with a handout of step by step directions. I didn't finish my jacket in class, although we worked about 15 hours per day. I left with the jacket about 95% done, it just needs to be hemmed, the pockets made and the buttons and trim attached. The hems are pin fitted so all I need to do is mark and sew. There is a heck of a lot of hand sewing in this class, something I abhored prior to this class, but to create this jacket, I learned to love it.
Susan is an excellent teacher and obviously loves to give freely, her extensive knowledge of couture techniques. This is by far the best sewing class I have ever taken and a perfect compliment to the hand and machine couture techniques class I took from her last year in Halifax. I will deninately take many more classes from Susan that are offered in Canada. I find with the difference in dollars, prices in the US are prohibitive to people from outside the US, but Julie from Timmel Fabrics, who sponsered this class and also the Japanese Tailoring class from Judy Barlap which ran concurently, made this affordable for us with accomadation in Mount St. Vincent university residence and almost 24 hour access to the classrooms, which we all took advantage of.
I think this class would be of benefit of anyone who wants to learn couture techniques from a professional and have an elegant wearable jacket in the process. Susan brings a wealth of information and inspiration with her and the class is a 5 star plus in my books.