On the Sewing Horizon:
1. I've been busy in the sewing laboratory doing sewing related activities, such as cleaning up, organizing, putting patterns away , buying fabrics, enjoying the sewing groups on Facebook, and keeping in touch with my sewing buddies. I met with Sharon last spring and we spent the day working on McCall's 6041 a princess seam jacket and OMG, making adjustment to the right side was a bit challenging for Sharon. That was when I realize that I in order to get a garment to fit me in a manner that is acceptable to me I need to take my time and work on it slowly. I am looking forward to hanging out with Sharon soon for a wonderful day of sewing, conversation, eating and drinking.
2. In the last two weeks instead of spending time watching you tube and looking @ Pinterest in the evenings, I spent anywhere from 1/2- 2 hours each night and watched Custom Fitting Back, Neck and Shoulder on Craftsy. The class was excellent. Kathleen Cheetham was an excellent instructor. There are eight lessons in the class. I cut out multiple samples of the back bodice using construction paper so that I could replicate step by step all the alterations regarding how to do a particular adjustment. What I enjoyed most was that I was able to only watch the chapters in each lesson that was relevant to my fitting issues.
The class gave you all the needed materials. I choose to use one of the books in my sewing library as a companion to the class. That was an interesting experience. The book and Kathleen method for adjusting neckline gaposis were the same; however, it was not my preferred method. Another example- in the class Kathleen showed a simple method of adjusting a neckline that was too tight and high, the book's method of adjusting for the same type of neckline was a bit more involve. Borrowing words of wisdom from Sheila and Sharon respectively, do what works for you, remember -you are in control of your sewing world- It's Alethia's world. There are NO sewing police with a time line on doing what you have learned. Words of wisdom.
I added a center back seam because it works best for me. I learned a different method (easier) to do a swayback adjustment that did not include slashing and overlapping the pattern. I added curve darts instead of straight darts. I removed 1-inch of fabric out of the mid-back. I've taken two classes on Craftsy and I am happy with the results. Although I have extensive collection of sewing books, I need to see a particular technique demonstrated in real time or by video format. There are plenty of classes on Crafty, Burda and you can find great video instructions on you tube. Based on my experience I would highly recommend Kathleen Cheetham's classes.
I have a bit more tweaking to do, hopefully I will have a garment done soon. I am a visual person, a demonstration in person or video format is another valuable resource in my sewing arsenal.
Hopefully, I will have a garment completed soon.
Disclaimer- This review was based exclusively on my experience. I paid for my class and I was not paid or giving any gifts in exchange for me to do this review.