Sundays with Sandra: Testing Your Pattern
This winter I’m sewing along with Sandra Betzina. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to learn pant fitting techniques. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the scissors came out in this week’s Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class on Craftsy. I finally have a toile of Vogue V2948, the princess-seamed pants pattern that comes with the class, which means I finally have a photo from the class to show off. Finally.
This week’s class was filled with tons of secrets from Sandra’s wealth of sewing experience: she explained how she always includes fit insurance when making test garments; she showed off her favorite scissors; she walked us through how she marks hems, notches, pattern pieces, and seams; she covered how to align princess seams and match seams; she revealed her methods for easing and sewing darts and pleats; she… Well, you get the picture. I quite enjoyed all the little tidbits. I think watching very experienced sewers manipulate fabric is one of my favorite parts of the Craftsy classes I’ve taken so far.
As for the making of the muslin, Sandra instructed the class to stitch with the seam allowances out using a basting stitch with a bright, contrasting thread. An interesting comment she made was that the order of sewing, at least with this pants pattern, impacts comfort. We weren’t given an explanation (at least not one I caught), and I can only imagine it’s because of the resulting seam allowance placement. Have you guys heard this type of statement before with pants? Any better ideas out there? The scientist in me wants to test some theories!
While I was watching this week’s class, I started thinking about how Sandra must truly shine when you take a class from her in person. These video classes show off how much she knows, how much experience she has, and how talented she is, but they don’t give you the personal benefit of her standing there with you, coloring all over your pattern, and showing you how you really could use a little bit extra fabric through the thigh. You’re on your own there. But, you do get a broader range of lessons and a lot more time to go through a lot of trial and error than you might in a traditional class. We’ll see how well things go next week as I attempt – essentially all by myself – to tweak this pattern into perfection.
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 Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques.