And … there’s more! Cynthia’s Seven Core Sewing Skills course is your bonus starter. This comprehensive course is one she taught live at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo across the country to record audiences before it was taped in our filming. As we were filming this jacket course, we realized how much valuable information it contains – information everyone who sews should have, including lessons that will help you achieve the same beautiful results as Cynthia herself.
If you’ve taken classes with Cynthia before, you may already be using these methods, and you can skip right over those parts of the class. If not, you’ll want to watch Seven Core Sewing Skills first. The techniques and methods – Cynthia’s system for couture-level construction – will help you at every step, in every project you sew.
Once you have these core construction skills under your belt, Cynthia shares the special features and construction techniques for two of her jacket(s). They are each fully lined, and in keeping with her goal to create flattering clothing, Cynthia designed both with a slightly lowered front neckline, and tailored collar which is versatile without being confining. You can wear it open, partially closed or fully zipped, and it will attractively accommodate any style of top beneath it. The bonus: designer details bring the eye to the face in these innovative, comfortable and attractive jackets.
All Start Anytime courses, are self-paced, and you can begin the moment you register, viewing the course anytime that is convenient for you. Many students watch it through one time first, and then go back to work alongside the instructor with their own project activities.
The late Cynthia Guffey designed and constructed women's clothing for many years. What started as a custom workroom in Baton Rouge, LA, creating garments for high profile women and events, was transformed into a pattern business 25 years ago. From training workroom staff in couture techniques, her sewing methods also made the transition into a system of the most effective, practical and simple fitting and construction techniques, highly valued by the thousands of enthusiasts she shared them with at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and in her lectures and workshops across the U.S.
Her fitting approach is derived from a mathematical background coupled with her constant search for the simple and the obvious. And although her precision sewing techniques are not short-cuts, she saves you time by helping you get it right the first time. Moreover, at each step in the process she shares how what you are doing affects subsequent steps, and “what you’re going for” in the result. Thus, confidence and satisfaction bloom for her students.
Cynthia’s design philosophy involves creating lines that multiply opportunities to fit and enhance a figure type, and using the grain of the fabric to enhance the look and feel of all garments.