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Craftsy "The Carefree Fly-Front Coat" by Kenneth King" (Online Sewing Class)
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Posted by: AdaH
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Posted on: 7/3/13 7:51 PM
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The Carefree Fly-Front Coat by Kenneth King
The information is this class is excellent. The only problem I had with this class was the pattern and the fabric used to make the coat. I really disliked both and found that my mind would get distracted by the awfulness (IMO) of the fabric and I would have to use the 30 second rewind to get back on track.

The pattern used is Vogue 8841

I took this class because I haves some beautiful wool coating that has been waiting in my stash till my skill set can match the wonder of this fabric. After taking this class I feel confident I can make a coat.

The class consists of 10 lessons:

Lesson1 is the usual meet the instructor and Kenneth talks about the changes he made to the pattern. This version is unlined.

Lesson 2 is about drafting pattern pieces to accommodate the changes Kenneth made to the pattern. He made a number of design changes the biggest change was changing the coat from a wrap coat to a hidden placket button closure coat.

Lesson 3: Staying the curves, Hong Kong finish using bias strips and then the bound pieces are assembled.

At this point I will stop listing what is in each lesson beyond the heading because it would take forever. Each lesson details the steps needed to construct a particular area of the coat. Kenneth pays attention to the details and offers many tips and shows the techniques he prefers and explains why he used it over a different technique.

Lesson 4: Preparing the Sleeve
Lesson 5: Constructing the Collar
Lesson 6: Body & Inseam Pockets
Lesson 7: Adding the Fly Front
Lesson 8: Pressing, Buttonholes & Hem
Lesson 9: Sleeves & Shoulder Pads
Lesson 10: Finishing

This class is excellent. Each construction step is toughly explained and demonstrated. There is so much information given in the class that I will have to watch it over a few times to make sure I didn't miss anything. For sure I will be watching it lesson by lesson when I am ready to sew my own coat.

I have taken a number of Craftsy classes and one disadvantage has been that I cannot ask the instructor questions as they occur to me. I can leave a question for the instructor and will get an answer in a timely manner but have missed the immediate teacher interaction when you are in a classroom. This is the first class where I am very glad to have it on video. Kenneth explained things so clearly that I never felt as if I wanted to ask a question with a live teacher. I realize others will have a different experience as sewing skill will differ and learning method are varied but wanted to mention this as it was such a different experience for me.

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Barbara3 said...
Thanks for this thoughtful review.
7/3/13 8:05 PM
sewme47 said...
I have bought this class but haven't yet started it. You sure have been busy with Craftsy classes..thank you for sharing your experiences via your recent reviews...all of them excellent!
7/3/13 11:15 PM
AdaH said...
Thanks, I was surprised at how much time it actually takes to write a review. I signed up for two classes that I didn't like and wished there had been a review then realized that I had not done any reviews on the classes I had taken so got busy and did some.
7/3/13 11:51 PM
Immelu said...
Thanks for the review, Ada!!! I am considering taking the class (but haven't finished either of the other two that I've started yet). Squirrel!!!! :)
7/5/13 6:40 PM
Sigrid. said...
Thanks for all your reviews. I've done a few classes (not yet completed all) but like you haven't thought about reviewing them. This one was one I was wondering about this one and your review helps me decide.
7/11/13 8:28 AM
KathySews said...
Thanks. I also have some beautiful fabric waiting for me to learn how to construct a coat.
8/6/13 8:41 AM
KathySews said...
Wanted to add....I loved the humor of the glasses on each info/tip. A little fun poke at KK's reading glasses
9/1/13 4:25 PM
Sewcoastal said...
I have yet to start watching this class, but now I'm excited to get started. I have purchased the other classes by K. King and have thought they were very well done and packed with information. Thanks for your review.
10/31/13 12:05 PM

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