I finally started the Craftsy pant construction class taught by Sandra Betzina http://www.craftsy.com/class/pant-construction-techniques/126 that I purchased a few months ago. The problem has been resisting the urge to immediately dive into another project that I could complete at a much faster pace! This is one of three Craftsy classes that I’ve purchased. I’ve also signed up for free classes as well! What a genius idea to offer affordable classes that you get to keep and view as often as you like! I was considering taking classes at my local fabric store, but the cost of one class was a little more than the three classes I’ve purchased at Craftsy! Not to mention the fact that I can’t take the class again if I needed to re-review the material. Not without paying anyway!
The class also includes Vogue 2948 designed by Sandra Betzina. According to Sandra, the princess seams offer better fitting opportunities. So far I’ve covered choosing fabric, sizing and pattern prep. One thing I’ve learned so far is how to avoid your waistband from stretching over time by using the interfacing against the grain of the fabric which is opposite what the pattern instructions indicate. Wow! Who knew! Well, I guess experienced sewers probably knew but it was an aha moment for me for sure! Also, she suggests making the muslin waistband first with interfacing and grosgrain ribbon to check the fit. Aha yet again!
Muslin, a necessary evil I know, but it’s sooo hard to spend precious time doing this step! So I compromised by using Walmart mystery fabric that I bought for 1$ a yard.
It’s rather attractive and has a nice weight to it so hopefully, it’ll be a wearable muslin!
The hardest thing about taking a class is to not forge ahead solo which would be counterproductive to taking the class! Looking forward to more aha moments!