First, let me begin by saying congratulations to Isidore on winning Fashion A-Z: An Illustrated Dictionary from last week’s giveaway! I hope you enjoy all of the illustrations and learn quite a few new things from this cute little book.
Now on to the main topic of the day…
Have I ever mentioned that I’m addicted to Craftsy classes? Oh… yes, I have. When I see a new class pop up or a fellow blogger mention how much they’ve benefited from some class they’ve taken, I can’t help but want to try it out. My video-a-week habit helps me move through these classes, but not nearly as fast as Craftsy seems to be putting them out (or I seem to be collecting them).
I’ve had my eye on Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit class on Craftsy for quite a while. I enjoyed meeting Lynda at Cañada College way back when, and I’ve gotten a lot out of her book The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. It was only natural that I wanted to learn more about her secrets to getting a perfect fit. Not to mention that the pattern that comes with the class, Vogue V8766, is the same pattern Ann Rowley used for her knock-out lace dress in the Great British Sewing Bee finale. And, then, when I saw the results of the class on Goodbye Valentino (here and here) – it was just too much!
Well, lucky me! Craftsy generously offered the class to me for free in exchange for a review. But, don’t think their generosity ends with me. They’ve also offered all of you 40% off the Sew the Perfect Fit class. You can follow along with me as I tackle the ten video lessons, one each week. (My secret dream would be for someone in Seattle to join me – we could help each other with the fitting bit by bit each week. My super secret dream would be for people across the world to find a local fitting buddy thanks to this class – wouldn’t that be cool?!)
The ten lessons include…
- Getting Started
- Muslin Test Garment
- Fitting Standards
- Neck & Shoulders
- Upper Body
- Lower Body
- Truing the Pattern
I watched the Introduction video this week while I wait for my pattern to arrive by mail. It was fun getting to hear about Lynda’s start in sewing at a young age (with her mom’s pillow cases!) and her high school teacher who stressed the importance of good fit. She explained that this class is not about sewing techniques but instead about the importance of fitting. Based on the list of classes, my guess is that I will finish after ten weeks with a great pattern, but I’ll need to tack on a week or two (or three?) if I want a new dress. Seems worth it to me for a great fitting dress. Plus, it gives me more time to pick fabrics. The pattern suggests the dress be made from lace, eyelet fabric, lightweight linen, satin. What are your thoughts on the ideal fabrics? I want a cute dress that I can get a lot of wear out of… Your input is very welcome!
As a reminder, I received this class for free from Craftsy in return for an honest review. If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit.