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Class Reviews > Cynthia Guffey Baton Rouge Seminar

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Posted on: 10/2/05 12:51 PM
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As a certifiable "Guffey Groupie", I just had to attend another one of Cynthia's seminars in Baton Rouge. Four days of hands on sewing with Cynthia. Everyone gets to choose whatever they want to work on, so you get to see a whole lot of things you might otherwise not even think of.

I'm going to skip the part about all the laughing, fun and fabulous food. But, I guarantee that you cannot attend this seminar (I've been twice) without having more fun than you can imagine.

Day one started with Cynthia taking measurements, including how much ease is the most flattering for you. This also included the length of hems for dresses, jackets (long and short) and pants and the correct circumference for sleeves. This was very helpful, since many independent pattern designers are using finished garment measurements. They always tell you to measure something that you have that fits well. That may work for some people, but I didn't have anything that fits me well!

Next came altering patterns, which do not have to be Cynthia's. She's a stickler for absolute precision and I have to admit that her striving for excellence is contagious. It would not be an exageration to say that her attitude, in general, has affected my life in many other ways. Some of us continued to alter patterns, while others made up muslins.

Day two involved Cynthia tweaking the muslins and we all watched as she showed us, on each person, where the problems were and how to solve them. Then, back to the patterns to make those changes. Or, you could decide to take the muslin apart and use it as the pattern.

Day three involved whatever we decided to work on. One of the students was working on the final sewing of a pant suit. This was a plus size woman and I can honestly say that this was a perfect fit. She looked very professional and the garment was very flattering.

I was able to alter, make up muslins, tweak the muslin and make those changes to seven patterns while I was there. I did her princess dress, four of her seamed jackets, and two skirts. Of course, we were able to stay up half the night and sew which was a lot of fun. There were six of us total, and four of us stayed at her friend, Peggy Ashford's Bed and Breakfast. And what breakfasts! But, I digress...

Day four we had fun going to a local store and Cynthia picked out Metrosene thread colors appropriate to each of us. That way, she said, if we were ordering fabric off the internet, we could just tell people we wanted a color closest to that color. She suggested wrapping the thread around a card that you would use for embroidery floss and keep it in your purse when shopping. She also showed us which of her raw silk colors worked best for us.

Of course, we came back and sewed into the night!

This is a woman who has become a real role model for me. I'm sure you all know about her cancer and how she kept going no matter what. I was about to give up on myself two years ago (I have Systemic Lupus), but then I saw her at an expo completely bald, extremely thin, but beautifully dressed and made up. As a result, I decided that if she could do it, so could I! Today, I own a drapery workroom for interior designers. I hope that my success will be a tribute to Cynthia and an inspiration to other women faced with medical challenges.

Bottom line, if you have the chance, go to one of her seminars. You will be glad you did.


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Jblaze said... (12/21/05 6:27 AM) Reply
I attended a seminar at the Atlanta Sewing Expo about 3 years ago and was similiarly impressed. She brought a rack of custom made clothes to demonstrate her ideas and they were fabulous!
PegL said... (10/18/05 10:58 PM) Reply
I just took my first class with Cynthia and loved it and her! Unfortunately, it was just a one hour class at a Sewing Expo but it really made me want to take her 4 day workshop! Maybe someday....
Cambric Tea said... (10/16/05 6:43 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for the review! It put a smile on my face. I've read the reviews of Cynthia Guffey's workshops and the reviewers just give off this special glow. She has to be an amazing teacher and a very wonderful woman.
Rhoda K said... (10/15/05 12:59 PM) Reply
I was fortunate to see Cynthia for the first time at a sewing expo in Atlanta in '98. I've not been able to see her again, but she definitely made an impression.
Miss Fairchild said... (10/6/05 7:35 AM) Reply
What a beautifully sensitive review! I felt as though I was right there with you. An expert who is a "stickler for precision" as you said is one person I truly admire. Let alone have cancer and survive. The review on her workshop was very helpful; I only wish her workshops were closer to me.
Lisa Laree said... (10/3/05 8:30 PM) Reply
I think if I could ever go to one 'sewing week' intensive...and there are several really good ones out there...this is probably the one I would choose. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful time with us.
Lee Ann Hawkins said... (10/3/05 7:29 PM) Reply
I agree, I have had the benefit of her teaching at sewing expos and she absolutely changed the way I sew. She is incredible and your beutifully written review brings this out.
marya said... (10/3/05 2:09 PM) Reply
What a beautiful review. Thank you.
Patti B said... (10/3/05 8:57 AM) Reply
Very helpful review. I'd love to attend ... maybe someday. I intend to embroider one of CG's sayings and put it on my sewing room wall. "It's your hobby ... what's your hurry?" Of course, I couldn't capture her wonderful inflection as she says it.
SouthernStitch said... (10/3/05 8:31 AM) Reply
Every time I read one of these reviews, I am just sick that I live right here and cannot attend.....perhaps someday!!!
hongkongshopper said... (10/3/05 5:52 AM) Reply
Great review. If only I could get to meet her.
Danvillegirl said... (10/3/05 5:47 AM) Reply
Great review. Inspiring as you have made something positive happen in spite of trying circumstances. Sounds like this is a worthwhile investment.
Peggy said... (10/2/05 11:00 PM) Reply
Great review..I would love to attend one of her classes someday.
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