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Wednesdays with Lynda: Neck & Shoulders

The next few months I’m sewing along with Lynda Maynard. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to learn how to fit using Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit class on Craftsy. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.


The wrinkles are back because I carried my muslin over to Jennifer of My Sewing Suite‘s house for a fitting session this past weekend, which also included VictoriaR.  I wanted to make sure I had it in case it was needed.  It was not.  Instead, we tried our best to fit Jennifer and Victoria, remembering Lynda’s lessons as we went.  After we’d done as much fitting as we could on both women, Jennifer introduced me to Nancy’s Sewing Basket, a fabulous fabric store in Seattle.  It was a great way to end my first sewing meet up in Seattle!

Both Jennifer and Victoria will be making new muslins to make sure we caught everything.  It sounds like Jennifer’s already found a few places we missed in her post here.  We’ll be meeting again in a few weeks for another fitting session, this time with many more ladies in attendance.  It should be fun!

Anyway, back to this week’s class in particular:  Neck & Shoulders.  It’s out first class to really get into any fitting.  Right away Lynda gives us our first major lesson.  When fitting, wear the undergarments that you’ll wear with the finished garment.  Then, with the armhole seam allowances clipped, Lynda begins explaining how to fit the shoulders.  She’s not afraid to rip into seams or slash through the muslin.  And, it’s just amazing to watch her work.  In one example a muslin started off with lots of drag lines because of the model’s rounded back.  A snip here and a bit of fabric there, and voilá, the garment is transformed into something flattering.  There are even more transformations from blah to flattering in later lessons.

I did get to practice a few of the techniques from this class this past weekend.  And, now I’ll likely never look at a ready-to-wear shoulder seam the same.  I guess there are downsides to learning how to fit!

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.

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