|I took this class because it was advertised as one that would teach French seams, invisible zipper insertion, fitting and tailoring.
The french seam was part of a slip-cover for a pillow ('home decor') and the other project was the "Naughty Secretary Skirt" (which by the way, if I had known the name of before I signed up, would have turned me off enough to not take the class. Just call it a pencil skirt!)
I was very disappointed.
First, let me talk about the good things:
-The craftsy platform is easy to use. The videos are clear and there is a great system for taking comments and notes.
- Inexpensive tuition. I paid $19.99 in a sale.
-Diana did a nice job presenting the course, and is easy to understand and comes off as approachable.
-She teaches how to make a muslin before making a garment.
The neutral things:
-There is not a materials list available before you purchase the course. Many people posted comments upset to find out they had to purchase the book "Sew Everything Workshop" (Diana's book) as many other craftsy classes provide the pattern.
-You also need an invisible zipper foot. For some machines this is apparently like $3, but for my machine, it was $40. I found a used one for half that thanks to a nice PRer.
-Diana tries too hard to be "cool". Like some people do she said "oh-em-gee", but at another point she said "bee-tee-double yew" and it took me forever to realize she meant by the way (BTW). I'm relatively young, and text, but to hear that spoken was confusing. I was thinking BTUs, and trying to figure out what BTWs were.
-There are two lessons (30 minutes each) on very basic machine instruction, like how to thread, how to change stitch length, how to change your foot etc. This was at the END, not the beginning of the course. Very odd. Based on comments, these lessons were very helpful to many in the class. It would be great for an absolute beginner. However, most of the instructions did not apply to my machine at all, and while she did make sure to say "but check your manual" that could be confusing to a beginner if they have a machine that has signifigantly different settings (though I suppose most mass market machines operate the same way, but occasionally you find a beginner who really splurges). To be honest though, I was a bit offended by the statement (and I might be slightly off, as this is just my memory) that no one would ever need to spend more than $500 on a machine. My new machine cost signifigantly more than that, and I love it.
-This class did NOT cover tailoring and fitting to any reasonable extent. The lesson on fitting was solely comprised of taking in the waist of the skirt, and then sewing the seam allowance deeper to make up the difference, with some mention that you may need to grade out to the hips, and not take in the entire seam allowance. When asked, she said there was no need to move the darts, despite them moving when the seam allowance changed.
She did not discuss fitting any body abnormalities, she didn't mention how to adjust the dart length or depth.
The worst piece of advice was that there was no need to shorten the pattern before sewing (then why include that line on your patterns?) and that shortening would happen at the hem. This was not in the video, but something she actually wrote in a comment to another student. She mentioned that if you shortened to the extent that the walking slit is removed, then you won't need one. She seems to only be considering those who are shortening to make the skirt above the knee, with no consideration for a petite. My skirt came mid-calf, and to bring it to just below knee length, I would remove the slit entirely.
I filed for a refund through Craftsy's 100% guarantee program. I was unable to give Diana enough time to respond to my fitting issues after I made the muslin, but Craftsy only has a 30 day guarantee (which I don't think they make really clear) so I had to file. I was a little annoyed about the class at the start (when I realized just how basic it was) and compounded with the lack of fitting instruction, I wasn't happy with the course. I do wish I could have given her the time to "make it right".