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Pants Fitting with Peggy Sagers (Sewing Class Review)
Ontario, CANADA
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Posted by: Lorna C. Newman
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Posted on: 10/21/05 4:20 PM
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This class is a half day event. You are required to arrive with an unaltered but basted muslin, without waistband or pockets or zipper but with a 10" opening in the CB for removal. The front darts/pleats are not used. Any front pleats are folded out of the pattern. The back darts are basted. After a very short explanation ont he theory of poant fitting, you are expected to pair off and pin your partner's muslin to her/your satisfaction.

This is a hands on class. You are to do rather than just listen as Peggy's philosohpy is that you have to be able to do it yourself once you leave. While we all used her pattern for our muslins, the theory works with all patterns as was shown by one member of the class who brought a bag of muslins from 4 different pattern brands (all big 4). She applied the methods learned on all of them and we saw how well they all fit after she was done.

The biggest concept to grasp is that pant fit is not a size, but a concept. Peggy's method is to measure your full hip while sitting and then buy according to that measurement. Your muslin is then basted with 2" s.s. and 1" s.a. elsewhere. You try on your muslin, seams out. Then you clip the crotch curve. The next step is lift the crotch up to where you want it (depth). Then you anchor that in place (circumference) by using darts at the waist in the back and adding them to the front where needed (darts always start 4" from CF/CB). Do not alter the CF/CB. Also included is a primer on how to use a French Curve to maintain/compare your curves with your patterns/muslins. Very handy to know!

The highest praise from Peggy was heard by all at the end of the class: "My you have a nice butt in those pants!". THis is a class where there is no hold barred and a sense of humour is a must, but a well fitting pant is the result. The trunk show that she does after shows how many changes you can make to her basic pant once you have the fit.

I HIGHLY recommend taking this seminar for all those of you who have problems with all the alterations possible in the pant world. FOr the majority (in our class of 20, all but 2), all that was needed was shaping in the hips, darts in the front and back, and horizontal darts to remove excess in the front and back just near the curve of the crotch. (the infamous clown butt adjustment in both front and back!).

I have a muslin/sloper ready to go and will be making a pair of pants based on that sloper and then re-making a previous pattern (in similar fabric to the orginal) based on the new lessons I have learned. The before and after will be posted!
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potter said...
Wow! I have to find this class. I agree with her hands on opinion. That's how I learn the best. But, this review you've written is so clear and informative, I think I'm confident enough to try this. Thank you so sharing your experience.
10/22/05 8:00 AM
Annie- oh said...
Ditto the above! And where did you take this class? Annie
10/22/05 6:29 PM
Lorna C. Newman said...
Annie, I took this class at the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival in Toronto, Ontario. It was one of three classes I signed up for but the only one I actually took!
10/22/05 9:00 PM
MrsLyn said...
Thanks for the clear progression. I'll have to watch her DVD again. Hands on classes can be intimidating, so i'ts nice to hear about the fun.
10/28/05 11:05 AM
AliceB said...
I took a similiar class from Peggy at Novi Expo a couple years ago and now have a pant pattern I can cut and sew. I love this!!! I made a couple muslins, had a local indy fabric vender help with the final fitting and am thrilled with my final product. Thanks to Peggy's wonderful instructions.
10/29/05 9:47 AM
Leslie in Austin said...
FYI, this class is being offered in Denton, TX Feb 10, 2006 as part of a ETA Dallas expo.
11/22/05 3:00 PM
TkTkTkBoom said...
I just today completed a 4-day Pants/Jacket Fitting seminar with Peggy Sagers in Duluth, GA at the Atlanta Sewing Center. WOW!!! What an eye-opener! I've been sewing since I was a kid, but never quite understood how to get "proper fit." There were 9 of us in the class & we really turned out some fantastic looking & great FITTING slacks & jackets!!! Some of the people in the class had attended her seminars in the past (for 1 lady, this was her 5th session!) and showed up with several muslins prepared in advance. Peggy helped to fit them all. Peggy works with each person individually throughout the day (10am to 7pm) and we all learned from each other's errors, successes and questions. It was relatively expensive (especially since I had to fly to Atlanta for the seminar & stay in a nearby hotel), but the intense, straight-forward, customized training was invaluable. If you ever have the opportunity to work with her, JUMP ON IT!!! Highly recommended.
1/29/06 8:46 PM

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