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groovym3 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m currently a fashion student @ Kent State University and while I know I’m fortunate to be able to attend there I have several extenuating circumstances.  I’m a 48 yr old widow w/ a 17 yr old daughter who is almost ready to embark on her own fashion education. I’m also not in the best of health.                                              Long story short… I don’t feel like I have 4 yrs to waste on taking classes that I don’t need ( history, science, etc.).  I would like to take choice classes such as flat pattern making, draping and making patterns on the computer, and be able to get on with a home designing and sewing business of formals and such.                                      Now to my point… I read in one of the recent Threads issues of an online site for various classes.  www.mysewingclasses.com  I’m interested in knowing if anyone has taken any of these classes.  If so, do you think they are thorough enough and adequate for me to learn what I need to know to accomplish my goal?  I have about 35 yrs sewing experience, but there’s so much more I want and need to learn.                  Thanks so much!!!

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  1. Elisabeth | | #1

    Colleges and universities are getting better at providing a useful education for the adult learner, but I think most schools still have a long way to go. You don't need a basic history class or any of that stuff for your college education if you are an intelligent observant adult with years of life experience. And the discussions in the classrooms often will be the same type of discussions you had with your friends twentysome years ago!

    If you are intersted in an online course perhaps you would be interested in teaching yourself from a textbook? For example,Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong is a great textbook that I am teaching myself flat pattern drafting from. Perhaps you could hire a teacher for personal instruction. Skidmore College (I'm not affiliated) has some good ideas in their non-traditional degree program. You can design your own courses and contract with teachers/professionals/knowledgeable persons in your home area. Even workshops at sewing conventions could be used. Skidmore also gives credit for life learning (which I think all schools need to get a grip and do some of for students). You can get a degree filled with your interests at your level of life, understanding and interest. More here http://www.skidmore.edu/uww/

    I hope you do things that you have passion for and your try to spend the least amount of time possible on things that don't suit you. Fillling existence with life and love is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

    1. groovym3 | | #2

      Thank you so much for your information and support..  I will check into this.

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