I am thrilled to share with you today what I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the last 2 months! With the launch of the Fair Fit Method this past winter and the opportunity to share ideas and design projects within the course, I spent January and February coming up with new designs for the Fair Fit Dress with the intention of sharing these designs with the current Fair Fit Method students to inspire their work in the upcoming Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress course. I created a collection for a video collaboration I did with my friend Jill Hall. In this post, read more and check out the video!Read More
Determining skill level is a tough question- how are you really supposed to know if you are beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced? And then select your sewing projects based on that perception. Because sewing is often practiced alone, it’s also hard to determine where you can grow and improve without the input of a teacher or fellow sewist who is maybe a few steps ahead of you.
In my practice as a teacher, if I meet a new student who has some degree of experience but doesn’t know how they can improve, but they do know their final result could look or function better, there are some areas of examination that I apply that can help you evaluate your skill on your own. In this post I share some of them and help you create your own curriculum for 2018. For my self taught and diy readers (you constant learners), and growth minded, motivated sewists, I crafted this post just for you!Read More
How will your grow your sewing practice in 2018? What will you differently this year? In this article, I discuss a process of reflection and editing I'm using to hone my me made wardrobe and make more refined and functional garments in 2018.Read More
My friends Brooke Wilkerson and Dr. Casey Stannard PHD are my peers, and so when sharing the methods with them I saw it not as a form of teaching, rather it was a collaboration. Both bring such a high level of experience, expertise, and refinement to their work, and played a critical role of encouragement and support while I was developing the Fair Fit Method. I thought it would be really fun to share the process of working with them, as well as what they were able to do with the pattern.
And, for me, it was like getting to have those fun sewing days with a friend, with Casey in person and Brooke from a distance, because we bounced ideas back and forth and they inspired me to change my perceptions of how I saw and experienced my own process.Read More
My students in Baton Rouge who are beginners have the opportunity to learn in person with me, so they do have an advantage over beginners who learn with me online. Having a teacher in your presence does give you a lot of confidence, and it does help to have me standing over you, lol! In today's post, I wanted to feature some of their thoughts and insights for those of you who are eager online learners and want to know more about the experience that students are having with the course materials and pattern.Read More
When it comes to dresses, we all like something a little different, right?
While I'm still in the beginning phase of releasing pattern components, there are several that have reached full development that will be part of the full course curriculum later in 2018. In this post, I'll share with you the Fair Fit pattern sets coming later in the year that you can use to further customize your dress, especially the bodice since that's where we all have ideas of where to add different design features, add sleeves, and change up the neckline! Head on over to my profile to check it out.Read More
Are you finding yourself stuck on one or two scissor patterns? In sewing, its important to develop a confidence and fearlessness in the projects that you pick. I know on the outside the Fair Fit Method and the garments I am going to teach you how to make can appear unusually made, or even a little intimidating. In this post, lets discuss 6 core skills needed to advance in sewing and design that you will learn in my courses, and hopefully resolve any doubts you might be having about your own skills and ability to take the course.Read More
There's two ways you can take the Fair Fit Method courses, one at a time, enrolling during the designated 2018 registration periods, or you can elect to sign up for the year long program and participate every 2018 course. In this post, I want to outline for you all of the benefits you will gain from participating in the year on Fair Fit Method program. I will share with you all of the skills you are going to learn, how your participation will be structured and why you really would want to take the big leap and come along with me for this series of courses and garments that are going to teach you so much and grow your skills exponentially.
You'll also get to hear what former Fair Fit students and tester say about their experience with the method, what they have learned through their experience with the workshops and courses.Read More
In today's post, lets look at the course taught in the Fair Fit Method, Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt. I'll show you the sewing skills taught in the course, and the pattern variations you will have the option to customize. For those of you who have been following my process this year to release the Fair Fit Dress, I'd like to share with you more of the timeline, so you can see the course I have laid out, and the series of tests that lead me got me where we are today.Read More
Got questions about the Fair Fit Method and the time, work, and effort required in the courses? In this post, you will get an additional breakdown of how the program works and how much of your time it requires. I will also address lots of helpful frequently asked questions and explain more of the nuances of the program.Read More
In every course make 2 garments- one for learning fit and proportion and the other to finalize your sewing and design. We don’t want any of your work to go to waste, so your “muslin” in the Fair Fit Method uses the raw finish sewing method so when its done it’s still a wearable dress! Meanwhile, your second garment is a project to explore construction and additional sewing methods and you can change the kind of fabric you are using, play with pattern and print, repurpose, or use interesting methods of topstitching and sewn lines. Click through to read more and see all the possibilities!Read More
For the last 2 years, it seems all I've been teaching are pattern alterations and how to walk folks through customizing a pattern. Its a good thing, because in the Fair Fit Method courses, I not only teach many different pattern adjustments, but as we work through the program and more students participate, more alterations will be added to create a custom library for your reference. In this post get a preview of some pattern alterations and how I teach them in the courses.Read More
Every sewing teacher knows how hard it is to teach and learn fit, and especially for yourself, at home, and working alone. In the Fair Fit Method courses, all of your Fair Fit projects will be draped, and I have a way of teaching you how to customize the pattern for your own body through draping, fitting, and pattern alterations. By learning how to drape on your dress form, by the end of this program, you are going to have a greater understanding of how designers think through their projects, adding and editing as they go, and learning to develop a fluidity that you can’t get with cut and sew patterns. You will also learn a variety of pattern alterations, not just for yourself, but other people as well. In this post, linked in my profile, you will get a preview of how this aspect of the process is taught and see a few adjustments made by previous students.Read More
When I was designing, part of made the Fair Fit garments visually compelling was unconventional way in which they were sewn. In each course of the Fair Fit Method I’m going to teach you all kinds of new sewing methods. When you make your final garments, you can choose from mixtures of clean and raw, serged and sewn, topstitched and pieced, the options of sewing in this program are diverse and truly exciting! You will also learn more about design, as you get to decide how you will use the pattern by selecting the set of blocks that will get you your desired final result. Inside this post, link in profile, get a look at all of the sewing and design potential the Fair Fit Pattern offers, as well as a look at some of the garments made by previous students in the courseRead More
All of 2017, I've spent behind the scenes working to create an unconventional process and patterns for custom design, using the pattern system I have used in my own creative practice over the last 7 years. It started out as just one course, and now its developed into a whole curriculum that I'll teach in 2018. Want to see what I've got in store for the Fair Fit Method and the breakdown of concepts taught in each course? In this post, I will share with you the 2018 course curriculum and all of the special garment projects and methods you will learn. You will also get a peek at the collection I designed this summer and new variations on the Fair Fit Dress and how its sewn. Read more to get all the details!Read More