Day Two: Original Sewing & Quilting Expo

I had two classes today.  The first class was Core Sewing Skills with Cynthia Guffey.  I think the class would have been a lot better if there weren’t so many people in the class.  Don’t get me wrong, the information was great but you really couldn’t see what she was doing.

The second class was Dozen Favorite Construction Techniques with Peggy Sagers.  I got there early and sat in the front row.  Peggy’s back ground is in ready to wear and some of the advice she gives is opposite of the big Four pattern instructions.  She sewed in a sleeve right in front of the class using the flat insertion method.    The sleeve is on the bottom so that the sewing machine feed dogs can do the easing for you.  She did not sew a  double row of basting stitches and she used ONE pin at the shoulder seam.  I’m so trying that. This was a great class.

I like her factory techniques and I know I’ll use them to make my clothes.  I’m also interested in couture techniques but I would not couture my everyday garments.  I know I’ll use both techniques.

Okay so here’s the haul today.

I bought these items at the Silhouette Patterns booth.

One yard of Tie Interfacing.  In the class today, Peggy Sagers demonstrated how to use this interfacing on sleeve caps in jackets.  When I conquer blouses, I’m working on jackets. $9.50

Pants Fitting & Drafting.  I loved the DVDs I bought yesterday so I bought another one today $29.99.  When you buy this DVD at the expo, you get to select a pattern.  I got pattern 1900 (4 button jacket).  Peggy wore her’s today and it was pretty.

I bought my muslin to the expo, hoping to sucker someone into helping me..err..I mean ask for help.  I received great advice from a member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  She makes costumes and likes couture sewing.  Another member recommended a DVD that her group watched recently, Full Busted?  Sew Clothes that Fit. I ordered the DVD tonight.   I really should go to more meetings.

Tomorrow is the last day of expo.  I might go to Vogue Fabrics and buy the wonderful blue, sheer silk for $5.99/yard.

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