For some time now, I have wanted to take some formal sewing classes because I really want to hone my skills. Simply put, I'm hoping to eradicate all the wadders I make. Sewing can be an expensive hobby and I want to be able to utilize my tools to the best of their abilities and stop wasting so much gorgeous fabric.
Now, I've done a few online sew-alongs and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I still need to do Gertie's bombshell dress on Craftsy.com. In fact, Craftsy is a great resource for online classes and I'm tempted to take some knitting classes. But, I digress. While I find online classes very helpful, I'm still looking for one-on-one help with fitting, tailoring, and the such. An online class doesn't tell you what you are doing wrong and I think a teacher would give me increased success in my sewing projects. I've contacted a few individuals who offer sewing classes but found that I'm more advanced than they were (why would someone who could sew nothing other than a pillow give sewing classes??). Needless to say, I'm hitting a brick wall.
I'm feeling compelled therefore, to take some sewing classes as the local community college. I really do not want to do this and I don't really know why. I have a master's degree and perhaps that's why I hesitate to step onto a college campus once again. The class is four hours on Saturday morning and I am a busy person who likes to have her weekends free to do as she pleases. In one sense, this four hour block of uninterrupted sewing time sounds like heaven. I never get uninterrupted sewing time! I could actually finish something!! On the other hand - it's an entire morning I would be spending away from my little boy. As much as I like sewing, my son is far more important.
Interestingly, with shows like Project Runway being so popular and the economy tanking, making things from home have enjoyed a new popularity. Sewing is having a resurgence in popularity, with many young sewers starting blogs and really making sewing fun. The sewing community is no longer just senior sewing circles. It has become sewing cyber-circles.
So, I have a bit of a conundrum. I can't decide whether to take a college class or continue with online classes.