Through remote consulting, Sarah has successfully guided many students through sewing, design and fitting issues of all kinds. Although this process may be slower than working together in-person, a great deal can be accomplished in the comfort of your home.
For some students, email works best. For others, a phone conversation or a video conference works well. Often, a combination is used. Our computers, phones and smart phones make all of this possible - and even if you're unfamiliar with some of this technology, it's easy to learn.
For most garment sewers with fitting issues, making slow progress is better than making no progress. And just about every garment sewer encounters construction technique questions, is unsure of how to structure a garment (i.e., which interfacing, lining, and possibly underlining to select), or has questions about how to handle a fashion fabric.
No issue is too large or too small. Feel free to email Sarah (email@example.com) with a brief outlilne of your questions or what you desire to accomplish, and together decide on what type of online consulting will work best for you. If you are interested in devoting yourself to a period of intensive development with Sarah's guidance, please read about mentorship with Sarah.
Consultation Platforms and Scheduling
Email, phone conversations, and video conferencing (FaceTime, Skype, Zoom).
Email consultation allows both you and Sarah to work together without being on a strict schedule. Sarah tries her best to answer emails within 48 - 72 hours.
To arrange a phone or a video conference, email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a mutually convenient time.
Prepay via check or Paypal, in half-hour increments, up to 4 hours, for one or multiple sessions.
Video Chat and Email Consultation(s): $75/hour
For fitting questions, having your fitting muslin clearly marked with a horizontal balance line (HBL) and the center front is extremely helpful to Sarah. Information about marking and sewing a fitting muslin is on pages 33-34 of her book, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting. You can also view and download this short tutorial on marking and sewing your mock-up.
If you are sending Sarah photos of a garment or fitting issue, please follow these guidelines. Some people also find making a short 1-2 minute video using their smartphone or tablet enables them to better explain an issue or question, and you are welcome to include this as well.
Please take photos of all four sides of the garment (front, back, left and right sides). For all photos, the arms should be at rest and by your side. If you are fitting a muslin on yourself and trying to get photos, it's best if you can get someone else to take the photos, or put the camera on a tripod and use a timer. Another option that yields less accurate photos of the fitting muslin but works in a pinch is to stand in front of a mirror and take a picture of your reflection in the mirror; however, holding the camera changes your arm position and sometimes your stance, which changes how the fitting muslin sits on your body.
Be sure to take the photos with the camera placed at the same level as the garment. If someone is taking the photos for you, this means he or she may need to sit or kneel down. Taking a photo while standing up looking "down" on the garment skews how the garment appears, preventing Sarah from offering good advice. If the photos are skewed, Sarah may need to ask you to re-take them. Use the following example as a guide.
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