Member since 7/31/02
In reply to Dr. Alice
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.
Sewing and chocolate feed my soul
Member since 10/27/05
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.
Member since 1/5/04
In reply to porkchopgirl
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!