All sewers encounter questions during their garment-making process. When questions arise, consider scheduling online consulting with me. This can be to solve any and all garment sewing issues, regardless of how mundane or complex they are. No issue is too large or too small.
I have successfully guided many students through sewing, fitting, patternmaking, and design issues of all kinds in this way. Long distance students find online consulting especially helpful when it’s not feasible to study with me via hands-on classes or private instruction.
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.
To get started, email me (email@example.com) with a brief outline of your questions or what you wish to accomplish. Together we’ll decide on what type of online consulting will work best for you. If you are interested in devoting yourself to a period of intensive creative development with my guidance, please read about mentorship with me.
Consultation Platforms and Scheduling
Email, phone conversations, and video conferencing (FaceTime, Skype, Zoom).
Email consultation allows both you and me to work together without being on a strict schedule. I try my best to answer emails within 48 - 72 hours.
To arrange a phone or a video conference, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a mutually convenient time.
Prepay via check or online, in half-hour increments, up to 4 hours, for one or multiple sessions.
Video Chat and Email Consultation(s): $85/hour
For fitting questions, having your fitting muslin clearly marked with a horizontal balance line (HBL) and the center front is extremely helpful to me. Information about marking and sewing a fitting muslin is on pages 33-34 of my book, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting. You can also see this short tutorial on marking and sewing your mock-up.
If you are sending me 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 me from offering good advice. If the photos are skewed, I may need to ask you to re-take them. Use the example at left as a guide.