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Posted on: 5/29/10 6:08 PM
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The first thing you need to know about this class is that it is taught by Kenneth King -- in fact, that may be the only thing you need to know. With him as your teacher, you are as good as guaranteed to come away from this course with a perfectly fitting pant sloper. And you are close to guaranteed to have a good time.

The class meets at night at a midtown (Manhattan) location, for five sessions, each of which is up to 4 hours long. Our class had six students, which means everyone gets plenty of personal attention and also an opportunity to see how variations in body types require variations in pattern drafting. Even better, you get to see Kenneth King fit everyone (more on that in a bit).

The drafting system is the same taught in Kenneth King's Trouser Draft CD-ROM, which I purchased and would recommend purchasing to anyone taking the class. Kenneth presents such a wealth of information at each class that I could not retain everything from one exposure to it, so knowing I could pore over his book with its copious illustrations was very important to me. To comment just a bit on the drafting system, it involves a lot of measurements, and a little math that makes everyone groan but really is not very hard. If you absolutely cannot stand calculating anything, bring a calculator with you, or learn to divide measurements by folding your tape measure, as Kenneth advised some of us.

As I mentioned when I reviewed his Pattern Draft Your Own Bodice class, Kenneth is an extraordinary teacher. He makes everyone feel comfortable about asking questions, and patiently explains his thinking, his method, a basic sewing concept, a term, etc., as if nothing would please him more. He reviews everyone's work continuously, so you cannot get very far off the track. And he is entertaining -- he will throw in relevant anecdotes about his own teacher, a woman who now has a vivid presence in my own imagination, or about his professional experiences. Along the way, he tosses off guidelines that are just plain useful for any type of sewing, for example, how to compensate for the stretch of a bias orientation.

He himself corrects the fit on everyone's muslins, warning that a second muslin is almost always necessary and often a third muslin is as well. It is fabulous to watch him fit someone -- especially if you, like me, have trouble diagnosing fit problems. At the time we were attending class, Kenneth's articles on fitting were appearing in Threads, and it was almost like getting an extra seminar in his way of thinking. He is also very, very encouraging, reminding those of us (um, me) who are very slow with mastering fit solutions that practice helps.

One other thing really impressed me. Among our classmates was a woman with a number of fitting challenges, including an asymmetrical figure, and he matter-of-factly told her to expect to be making three to four muslins; he then added, as if it were no big deal, that she shouldn't expect to finish up during the allotted class sessions, so she should plan on coming to his studio when the course was done. He really wanted her to have that sloper!

This class is very explicitly not a construction class, and you will not emerge with a pair of trousers. However, the last session is devoted to explaining how to adapt the sloper to different styles of trousers and how to use different styling features (e.g., fly fronts, different pockets, pleats, waistbands). In particular the comments on using petersham and boning in waistbands, especially on high-waisted trousers (which are in the CD), were eye-opening for many of us.

The short version: a fantastic class!

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Beryl Koster said... (12/6/11 7:43 AM) Reply
I'm new, so at this point I'm reading everything on P.R.
sewnsewtoo said... (5/30/10 1:42 PM) Reply
Thank you for a great review. I am envious too. I'm going to look for his classes. Thanks again.
nancy2001 said... (5/30/10 1:28 PM) Reply
What a great review, Elizabeth . And how fortunate you are to have been able to attend. With your new pants draft and your bodice draft from your last K.King seminar, you'll be one of the best dressed women in NYC.
Elaine Dougan said... (5/30/10 9:35 AM) Reply
I am so envious! What a wonderful experience.
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