July 12, 2006
I know you'll ask about the sewing class, so I might as well answer before you do ;).
I don't want to get into the gory details, but the sewing class was a total bust.
Not what I expected and definitely not what I was looking for. Even taking it for what it was I found myself hugely disappointed. So, being the Grumperina that I am, and following the refund guidelines of the Boston Center for Adult Education, I wrote a letter this morning explaining why I was dissatisfied and why I felt I deserved a refund. They were very understanding, and a credit for the full amount, every last penny, was issued within a few hours of the letter's receipt.
I'm thrilled. I have my money back, and now it's just a matter of finding a class which will work.
What am I looking for? Well, when I was learning to knit, I was attracted to Pam Allen's Knitting for Dummies because I was able to learn knitting technique without committing to a project. I made dozens of little swatches, simple and complicated, practicing every stitch, every maneuver, before I ever launched into something more significant.
In my ideal world, I would learn sewing in the same way. I don't see a reason to make an entire blouse in order to learn how to fashion a button band or a collar. Furthermore, I'm not interested in wishy-washy, fly by the seat of your pants sewing. No, that will never work for me. I want rigid rules. I want to know the right way to execute complicated sewing techniques.
Very picky, I know. But I won't be satisfied with anything else.
Tonight: Mountainash and I cuddle up on the couch while watching the premier of Project Runway! Oh my God, I'm so excited! I've been watching DVDs of Seasons 1 and 2 over the past month or so (over and over and over again), and I can't wait for some fresh designer meat!