In my recent post, I shared that Craftsy.com was running an awesome sale on their classes. If you read it, you know I had quite a few classes in my cart and was trying to decide if I should cut it down a bit. However, it was too hard to choose, so I didn’t cut any classes from my cart. Shocker, I know.
This weekend, I watched The Iconic Tweed Jacket with Lorna Knight. There seems to be so much going on with this style jacket right now. I’m participating (and way behind!) in the French Jacket SAL hosted by Inna at The Wallinna and Leisa of A Challenging Sew. I also recently picked up Claire Shaeffer’s book Couture Sewing: The Couture Cardigan. So when this class came out, I was VERY tempted. At the same time I wondered how much of the information would be a repeat of what I already have available. In the end, I took the chance and added this one to my Craftsy cart during their fabulous sale.
While some of the material does repeat, a lot of it is still fresh. Lorna approaches this jacket a little differently in places. I found myself mentally comparing the different techniques and choosing which I thought would be my favorite method. To begin, she constructs her jacket using the seam allowance and not by marking the seams as I’ve been shown previously. I love her method of stabilizing the front center, neck and sleeve hem.
Most of all, I enjoyed her teaching style. (Of course I’m a sucker for the accent…I thought it might be Irish, but she appears to be British??) She is very methodical and seems to anticipate the questions you are thinking in your head. The pace was wonderful, neither too slow or too fast. Lorna offers great tips along with her reasoning for the methods she chooses. I will definitely be referring back to this class.
If we’re lucky, Craftsy will have plans to bring Lorna back for other classes!
Another review you might find interesting is Red Point Tailor’s: The French Jacket courses review – part 1
And by the way, did you see A Challenging Sew’s post yesterday? Leisa is planning a sew along (SAL) beginning in January using the free patterns Marfy has made available. For all you newbies to Marfy, and to current fans, this should be a fun SAL. (See previous post for more info on these patterns.)
That’s it for now. Happy Holidays!