I have always dreamed of owning one of those fantastic Alfred Shaheen sarong bustier dresses from the '50s. I scoured Ebay and Etsy only to realize that owning an original that fit me perfectly would be either impossible or very pricey. The one day I stumbled on a completed dress from this ourse on the internet and realized that I had to purchase this course for myself. I am very happy that I did!
Gretchen Hirsch, our instructor, is a woman after my own heart. She loves sewing vintage inspired garments and had a similar hard time finding a vintage Shaheen for herself. She wears several gorgeous homemade vintage style dresses throughout the lessons. She is also an afficianado of couture sewing. I am not. I love some instant gratification in my sewing. I became determined to stick with the course and not deviate from any steps in order to get the most of it.
It took about 2 weeks of working on the dress a little bit each day after work and on weekends in order to finish the dress. This is a labor intensive work of art. This course is not for the casual sewer. Gretchen guides you through many small hand-worked steps that add up to a beautiful whole. The knowledge of technique that is gleaned from this course will certainly change your sewing for the better.
It is also worth mentioning that the Craftsy learning platform is quite extraordinary. You can learn at your own pace and take the lesson over and over as your membership will never expire. Also, you can ask questions of your instructor, take notes, post photos and find all previous questions and answers that have been posted.
The course currently retails for $59.99 but I believe you can find a discount code within Gretchen's amazing blog: "Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing" for 50% off.
You can find my finished product under my pattern review for the Burda style pattern that is included with the course and is the basis for the dress.