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Date: 12/13/06 10:44 AM

Hi all Boston and Mass sewers - has anyone taken a class at School for Fashion Design on Newbury Street? As a self-taught sewer I would love to take the Construction class but wonder about the classes/teachers/quality/etc. Let me know! Alice
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Date: 12/13/06 1:27 PM

Back in the late 1970's I took several courses there at night. The instructors all worked in the industry during the day. It was not accredited at the time and I don't know whether or not it is today, but I had a great time and learned so much that I still use today. I realize my information is dated, but since they are still in business, I assume they must be doing something right.

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Date: 12/13/06 3:20 PM

Thanks Marilyn! I appreciate the comment! Alice
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Date: 12/19/06 2:19 PM

I've taken a class at both the School of Fashion Design and MassArt, so I can provide some insight. I took Construction 1 at SFD and we made a wool skirt (with lining, pockets, waistband, slit) and a career blouse. You don't get to make your own designs, but they do teach you to sew PROPERLY, so it's a good class if you're self-taught and have gotten into some bad habits. Classes are small (12 or fewer students) so you can get individual attention, although I must say that the teacher didn't seem particularly interested in imparting her knowledge to us (same thing at MassArt), but I kind of expected that. Also, classes are insanely expensive. I looked into continuing ed courses at Parsons and even those don't top $800...

I can't speak about the construction class at MassArt because I took patternmaking. In my class, however, and I assume this about the construction course as well, the teacher gave us studio tips. So- pretty much, he taught us how to get things done faster, for instance, not using pins. I found this extremely helpful for real-world applications.

Let me know if you have any other questions; I'd be glad to help.
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Date: 1/3/07 8:42 PM

Thanks for the info - I actually signed up for Construction I starting next week on Saturday. I am looking forward to learning proper techniques because I am self taught, bad habits and all. I am so glad that you posted to reaffirm my decision! Can't wait to go back to school!
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