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Cheetham's Adjust the Bust Vs. Maynard Sew the Perfect Fit
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Date: 9/29/13 2:09 PM

I've got a coupon for Craftsy for $19.99. I have Cheetham's Adjust the Bust and Custom Fitting Back, Neck, Shoulders.

I'm trying to decide if I should use my coupon for the Maynard class Sew the Perfect Fit? I'm a plus size lady with a prominent tummy. Will the Maynard class be useful or just a repeat of the 2 Cheetham classes?

If I don't use the coupon for the Maynard class I'll probably get the Tilton one on T-shirts or a cooking class.

Thought?

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Date: 9/29/13 5:09 PM

I've taken the Maynard class and about the only thing it would cover beyond what you describe in the Cheetam class is fitting the skirt portion of the dress pattern that's used. Not knowing Cheetam's altering "style" (they all seem to have slightly different altering techniques) you may find differing methods for the same alterations. I personally find altering for a prominent tummy (I have one!) is fairly easy. Once you've got the shoulders, neck and back done the rest is easy.

I've read blog reviews of the Tilton class from extremely competent knit sewers who rate the class very highly and have glowing reviews. It's the next one on my list once I finish the three other classes I've bought!

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Date: 9/29/13 8:35 PM

Thanks. I'm not much of a skirt person. More a pants person. I'd forgotten there was a pants class I considered taking. When I went back to look it's under garment construction instead of fitting.

Anyone taken One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants with Kathy Ruddy? It's nice that Craftsy puts up some reviews, but I'd like to see a 4 star review or something. Is it too much to ask for a positive review that also contains some of the problems the user experienced with the class? A review that says "it was great, I learned a lot." Does not help me decide if it is the class for me.

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Date: 9/29/13 11:56 PM

What about Barbara Deckerts class, "Plus Size Pattern Fitting and Design"? It covers a lot of information. I didn't experience any problems with either Barbara's class or Lynda Maynards. Both are well done and have tons of information.
I think Barbara's class starts at the beginning of fit and Lynda's method would be more useful if you had some background in fitting.
I did reviews of each class in some detail. Check under "sewing class" reviews here on PR.
Kathy Ruddy's class isn't about fit but about taking a pant that already fits and using that pattern to make other styles.

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Date: 9/30/13 3:28 AM

I highly recommend fitting for plus sizes with Barbara Deckert. She covers a lot of ground and she is very easy to understand.

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Date: 9/30/13 7:57 AM

Quote: plumfan
Thanks. I'm not much of a skirt person. More a pants person. I'd forgotten there was a pants class I considered taking. When I went back to look it's under garment construction instead of fitting.



Anyone taken One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants with Kathy Ruddy? It's nice that Craftsy puts up some reviews, but I'd like to see a 4 star review or something. Is it too much to ask for a positive review that also contains some of the problems the user experienced with the class? A review that says "it was great, I learned a lot." Does not help me decide if it is the class for me.

I found a couple sewing classes on Craftsy that the page was different than usual and I could actually read contrary reviews. I don't recall which ones though I think one was re: knits.
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Date: 9/30/13 3:24 PM

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Anyone taken One Pattern, Many Looks: Pants with Kathy Ruddy? It's nice that Craftsy puts up some reviews, but I'd like to see a 4 star review or something. Is it too much to ask for a positive review that also contains some of the problems the user experienced with the class? A review that says "it was great, I learned a lot." Does not help me decide if it is the class for me.

I have Kathy Rudy's class on pants as well as Sandra Betzina's class. KR's class has both fitting and construction techniques (install zipper, pocket, change waistband, get expensive jeans leg look) where SB is just fitting.

With KR it is more generalized with her doing adjustments on a sloper rather than a specific pattern, there is no pattern included in the class. There is a pattern in the SB class, which is then also used in the SB construction class.

One thing I learned that was new, KR covers which SB does not, is dealing with why your pant legs twist around and how to fix this in both the pattern stage and the construction stage.

I will try and go back and look at both classes again and give more details on both.

Must run and sew with 5 yr old DD.
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Date: 9/30/13 5:21 PM

I have Maynard's fitting class and it's only ok. But, I am an experienced sewer and fitter. I agree that the only other thing she shows is fitting the skirt. I don't think that she did much with sleeves either since it doesn't stick in my mind.
Take the knit class. I haven't taken it but she has such good information on her blog and website on sewing with knits.
These classes are great, but fitting is complicated especially for plus sized women that none of these classes can do or show everything. I'd add a fitting book or two to your library. Sarah Veblen's Complete Photo Guide to fitting (that is probably not the exact title)is good for seeing how to read wrinkles and fix them. But, I still go back to the Palmer Pletsch fitting books.

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Date: 9/30/13 5:50 PM

To muddy the waters even more- how about Joi Mahons Fast Track Fitting? I just took a sleeve drafting class with her at Novi where she was voted instructor of the year. I would take ANY class she offered. On point, detailed and she made sense. I also took a class with Linda Maynard at Novi and can't say the same thing about her.

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Date: 10/1/13 5:40 PM

Deckert's class is actually the first class I bought.

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