These classes are ideal for people who sew for themselves and for professionals who sew for others. If you have done sufficient sewing to realise that you have some fit challenges to overcome then you are ready for these classes. This technique works on all ages and body shapes. If you have ever experienced disappointment with the fit of a finished garment then it will be a revelation to learn how to overcome fit problems before cutting into the fabric. Refer to the class outlines for specific information on learning outcomes.
Very little sewing is completed in class as the focus is on fitting the pattern but it is important that you have sufficient background sewing experience to know your way around commercial patterns and how the pieces go together to create a garment. You will cut out one garment using a pattern that you have altered during the class and then pin fit the garment, tweak the fit in fabric so you will be ready to sew the garment at home.
The time spent on each pattern varies and will depend on the pattern style and what adjustments you need to make to achieve a good fit. The more you do the better you will become. It makes sense to spend time adjusting the pattern first rather than having to spend lots of time later trying to make a finished garment fit.
It is not necessary to draft your own patterns. You will work with commercial patterns such as Vogue, McCall’s, Simplicity and Burda that you bring to class with you.
This is one of the most common fit challenges and one of the most rewarding adjustments to complete. You will learn how to make full bust adjustments in darted and princess styles so you achieve a flattering fit.
Most sewers will already have most of the items required for these classes and it isn't necessary to buy special rulers or fitting systems.
Class numbers are small so that each person receives lots of individual assistance from the tutor. A very experienced assistant works alongside the tutor in class and provides extra support to students. If you choose to cut out and prepare patterns for homework after the first day, you will get through more work and maximise your time with the tutor.