|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.