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Class Reviews > Craftsy - The Classic Tailored Shirt

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Posted on: 3/31/13 10:48 PM
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I loved this class. Pam's style is a bit slower than some teachers - which is a great way to approach a classic tailored shirt. There are enough classes aimed at speed sewing and tailoring, so I actually found her style to be just what is needed. A good shirt should not be rushed.

I have David Page Coffin's Shirtmaking book, but frankly, I found it rather intimidating. I think I can go back to it now, after this class and a few more shirts. But for a beginner shirt maker, it was just overwhelming for me. This is just what I needed to gain confidence.

No part of making the shirt is left out. The only thing that I saw she didn't do was stay stitching. When asked, she replied that with the closely woven fabrics she uses it isn't necessary, but that we should do it if we have a looser weave.

She spent some time adding seam allowances to the Kwik Sew pattern, so they would all be 5/8 inch. I personally don't mind sewing a larger SA and then cutting it down, but I don't think that it would be a big deal to keep the neck and collar band SA smaller. The sides and sleeves need to be 5/8 because they are going to be flat felled. I didn't use the KS pattern. Craftsy offers the KS pattern for less, as well as a discount on good cotton shirting from Mood for students.

She teaches how to do a true flat felled seam, using your hands and not a felling foot. I was very grateful for this. She mentions the option of pressing both to one side, and top stitching.

She actually made some mistakes along the way, and showed how to correct them, which is always helpful.

I loved the way she showed how to hand sew on buttons. Hand sewing has always been the bane of my existence, and especially buttons. There may now be hope!

Then there is the yoke trick. Otherwise known as the burrito method. I've seen written directions of this, with terrible pictures, and I failed to understand it. Now, I can watch it being done.

She teaches handling hems, turning collar points, plackets, pleats, tailor's tacks, among other neat tips, and all shown in detail. There was also a short segment on pin fitting on a dress form, and how to handle transferring the pin marks to sewing.

Realizing many wanted instructions on a tower placket, she gives a link to her blog which provides a video tutorial on that, along with the pattern for it included with the class instructions.

I think this is a winner of a class and could make a shirt maker out of anyone with a mind to sew one!

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threaddy said... (8/6/13 12:21 PM) Reply
I LOVED this class and am getting ready to watch a second time. At the introduction I thought uh-oh I'm going to hate this...but the minute she started teaching...I was mesmerized and could not stop watching.
AdaH said... (7/1/13 2:01 PM) Reply
I totally agree with Southernstitch. This is a great shirt construction class. Everything you need to know to sew a shirt is in this class. The camera work is really good. You can see everything Pam is doing.
Learn To Sew said... (4/28/13 8:04 PM) Reply
I have this class on my wish list. The more I learn of it the more it sounds ideal for me. Thanks for the great review. Can't wait for it to go on sale so I can buy it.
SouthernStitch said... (4/12/13 3:37 PM) Reply
No, just a small bit on fitting on a dress form. It's a construction class.
sewme47 said... (4/10/13 12:09 PM) Reply
Does she discuss fitting issues at all? I suppose that would be too much to ask of one class. :-/
jlg said... (4/3/13 2:32 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for the review. I am going to have to take this class.
Annie- oh said... (4/2/13 2:45 PM) Reply
What a well written and encouraging review - thank you. This class is moving to the top of my purchased list now.
Nokiaj59 said... (4/1/13 11:10 PM) Reply
I certainly agree! Pam teaches this class slowly and methodically given me time to absorb and understand without having to continually stop the vid. I'll take any of her classes in the future!
SandiMacD said... (4/1/13 7:35 AM) Reply
I must agree. I am also enrolled in this. I watched many a YT video on collars & yokes but none explained it as well as she does. It is so helpful to see how mistakes are corrected and I appreciated her measured teaching style as well. This is not a fitting class- its a construction class. For anyone with a shirt or blouse and poor pattern instructions, this will get you through the process very well.
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