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Shirley Adams Design Seminar (Online Sewing Class)
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Posted by: Aixoise
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Posted on: 6/5/06 11:33 PM
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I had the good fortune to spend an entire day with Shirley Adams at a seminar sponsored by my sewing guild. The format was simple: Shirley Adams had about 150 garments displayed in front of the class and discussed each garment or group of garments based on her 5 basic patterns, her pattern design variations, and her surface embellishments.

First let me say that she is a gifted speaker and presenter. The day flew by as she explored in detail her methods for using a base pattern, altered to fit (once!), and then modified to create as many variations as you please. Many of her finished designs are designer knockoffs; all are unique and lovely. She has the fit thing down! And, freed from the need to alter every time she constructs a garment, she can explore necklines, front shapes and closings, dart variations and substitutions, sleeve treatments, and embellishments--from pintucking and pleating to beading and quilting. She showed us pin-weaving and needle felting, proclaiming that we, too, could become experts at these techniques in all of 30 seconds!

I think that everyone walked away dazzled and inspired, ready to think out of our respective little boxes, and eager to run right home and start sewing.

I cannot recommend this day-long seminar (or any class she teaches) too highly. Shirley Adams will make you believe that you can do anything you want with your sewing, that it's fun (it is!), and that your imagination is waiting to lead you down new paths.
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lornakismet said...
Is this for sewers who are at least at the Intermediate stage? I like the idea of the base pattern, with which all other patters are drawn. -LornaKismet (Lorna A.)
6/6/06 0:57 AM
patsijean said...
I saw Shirley Adams several years ago. She is indeed inspiring. The classes are for everyone.
6/6/06 8:04 AM
sew obsessed said...
Great review. I have a couple of her videos that I have not yet played. I think I need to watch them:-) Michelle
6/6/06 9:10 AM
julieanne said...
Thanks so much for this reveiw! Shirley Adams was my "flat pattern and design" professor back in 1975. She is a wonderful, humble person. I always felt forntunate to have had the chance to have her for a professor. She is a tremendous lady!
6/6/06 10:57 AM
Gigi Louis said...
I absolutely adore Shirley! She is an inspiring and generous teacher and just a lovely lady all-around. Lucky you!
6/6/06 11:10 AM
Peggy L said...
I took a class with her in Denton. Such a gracious lady! Lucky you to spend a day with her.
6/6/06 11:16 AM
sewingnena said...
I just love Shirley! When I started sewing again after a long hiatus, she helped me to know best ways to "get back in". She is wonderful and very talented!
6/6/06 12:10 PM
Elemenopeo said...
Shirley is a jem. I bought all of her sewing series books from her wonderful tv show so I could continue to soak up her inspiration. She is well worth hearing speak!
6/6/06 2:55 PM
10Ksteps said...
I heard her speak in the past and agree with you that she is gifted, inspiring, on and on. I'd love to have a class with her in the future. Thanks for the good review.
6/8/06 0:25 AM
ryansmumAria said...
SA had the most inspiring tv show. Wish it hadn't been cancelled.
6/16/06 7:35 AM

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