Why is it that people who criticize you almost always post as anonymous? After my post on Mood I got this comment: "Hi, I am couture trained and find it interesting that you contradict others advise when you are predominantly self taught."
I can only speak for what works for me when I sew and couture trained or not I've been sewing for a lot of years which brings to bear a lot of experience. BTW, the training I have had was a year of couture sewing lessons. Most of us who write sewing blogs are pretty opinionated and we sew for pleasure and are not professionals. but, that doesn't mean we have to agree with everything the so called experts say on a subject. There are lots of ways to do something in sewing and in my mind no one right way, only the way that works for you.
When I was taking Kenneth King's fitting clinic I got to ask lots of sewing questions. One of them was about, as he was fitting a princess seamed dress, Roberta Carr's book on couture sewing. She asserted that the side panel, or weaker side was the side to have on top when sewing a princess seam. This was contrary to everything I'd heard or read. The side panel should be down against the feed dogs to ease in extra fabric often drafted into that seam. The other was that the stronger or more stable side should be the side on top. He paused a moment and said, he thought that Carr had often only absorbed part of what she had been taught, and no he didn't agree with her. He was also rather disdainful of another highly regarded couture expert. She doesn't sew was his comment.
There have been a lot of books published on sewing lately and as with anything else, some are good and some just not worth your time or money. Experts also contradict each other all the time. Read some fitting books, like the one I just reviewed and then listen to Peggey Sagers and they have very different approaches to fitting. I feel quite justified in having an opinion on a technique that contradicts some expert if it doesn't work for me, and I feel free say loud and clear.
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