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Class Reviews > Craftsy "The Carefree Fly-Front Coat" by Kenneth King"

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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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Sewcoastal said... (10/31/13 12:05 PM) Reply
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.
KathySews said... (9/1/13 4:25 PM) Reply
Wanted to add....I loved the humor of the glasses on each info/tip. A little fun poke at KK's reading glasses
KathySews said... (8/6/13 8:41 AM) Reply
Thanks. I also have some beautiful fabric waiting for me to learn how to construct a coat.
Sigrid. said... (7/11/13 8:28 AM) Reply
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.
Immelu said... (7/5/13 6:40 PM) Reply
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!!!! :)
AdaH said... (7/3/13 11:51 PM) Reply
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.
sewme47 said... (7/3/13 11:15 PM) Reply
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!
Barbara3 said... (7/3/13 8:05 PM) Reply
Thanks for this thoughtful review.
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