I spent most of yesterday with members of my ASG group in a muslin fitting class. I learned so much! Mostly what I learned is how little I know...I was the least experienced sewer in the room. I've sewn for many years but have rarely taken lessons. When I was young and in my first marriage, I sewed a lot. But everything fit right out of the envelope and it never occurred to me that there were professionals out there teaching (and I lived right outside of New York City!) Of course I had a young child and I doubt, at that time, and in that social millieu, I could have, or would have, gone to FIT or any of the awesome opportunities that exisited outside of my zone. Then came the period of my life as a single parent with one, and sometimes two, demanding jobs and little time or interest in sewing. It truly seems that every cloud has a silver lining. When my dear Harold was so ill that I had to stop working and be near home, I returned to my former hobby of sewing. As usual, Harold was unblieveably supportive and bought several expensive items for my sewing room---which was formerly his "game room"---he even gave his room up to me! And so I have been sewing since. Once I discovered the vast resources of the Internet, and through that the concept that I was not alone in enjoying this hobby, I have become more and more serious about this interest. So this year I've decided to take every opportunity I possibly can to improve my skills. Fitting a pattern is the basic beginning step, and I've made a beginning with this class. My teacher and fellow students are all so supportive and knowledgeable.