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Underneath It All (Craftsy) (Online Sewing Class)
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Review rated Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 25 people   
Posted by: Sharp
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Member since: 8/18/06
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Posted on: 1/26/14 2:34 AM
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This class is taught by Linda Lee on Craftsy. First off, I will say that I like online classes and do like the Craftsy platform---I can take my classes anytime, usually in pjs, can pause when I want, and the video quality is great. I can't get in to attend classes usually and in person ones are usually way to expensive for me, so this method works. If you haven't tried Craftsy (or online classes here on PR), I recommend giving them a try to see if its something that would work for you.

I took Sarah's class on Underlining here on PR and it really made me think on what I can use under the fashion fabric to affect the fabric, so when I saw this class I thought it would be helpful. I'm always left wondering which interfacing or which lining, there are just so many options.

I like the instructor (Linda Lee) as she has a friendly manner and doesn't drone on in a monotone voice. It really seems like she's talking directly to you not just at a camera.

This class doesn't have a particular project attached to it, it is a knowledge/skills type course. It is meant as a course to cover the layers that go under the fashion fabric to make the garment work.

There are eight lessons: introduction, sew-in interfacings, fusible interfacings, underlinings, interlinings, function of facings, linings, making lined garments.

I thought this class did a good job of covering all the basics of each topic---truthfully, there's no way one class can cover every combination of fabric and interfacings, etc. there are just too many variables, so don't expect it. However, I did feel that Linda gave a good foundation of knowledge to build on. There really aren't a lot of books covering this subject, so it was nice to have some information. Each lesson discusses various materials, where to use them, how to use them properly, and what they do for garments. She also gave tips for using the various materials and showed clothing examples, telling what was used in each and why. I tend to use strictly fusible interfacings, but I'm definitely going to start using sew-ins too after this.

I am planning on making some coats and so finding information on interlinings and how to work with some of the most common ones was great. I feel like I know what I want to use now--and more importantly what I don't want.

I also really appreciated the lessons on adding a lining as Linda showed how to make a lining pattern for your garment (so many patterns don't include this information) and how to bag a lining in a jacket--seeing is so much clearer than reading with a few photos!

Linda also taught different methods for finishing facings---I think a good class to follow up on this would be Sarah Veblen's facing class here on PR, so I've put it on my list.

All in all, I'm glad I took the class (it was a Christmas present) and feel like I learned quite a bit and built up confidence for using all these different materials. Perhaps someone who has been sewing for decades wouldn't need it (although it might make a good refresher class) I think someone in the beginner to intermediate range would find it beneficial.
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jlg said...
Thanks for the review. I will need to put this on my wish list.
1/26/14 10:32 AM
Annie- oh said...
Ditto to jlg!
1/26/14 6:31 PM
ChristmasHills said...
What a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to give lots of good information.
1/27/14 3:44 AM
SandiMacD said...
I took another one of Linda Lee's Craftsy Classes (tailored shirt I think). I really like her- she offers good detail
1/27/14 5:45 AM
ASiverson said...
I have this class on my wish list and Sarah Veblen's class too. They are both extraordinary instructors and sewers/sewists. And your review was very very hepful! TFS! PS - I love Craftsy too!
1/27/14 9:26 AM
Melinda In Tulsa said...
Thanks for a great review!
1/27/14 11:49 AM
sewmadd said...
I just viewed this class yesterday and it gave me much needed information on how to do a bagged lining. I was confused by pattern directions on lining a jacket I'm making. Linda's bagging demonstration and lesson made lining my jacket so doable and the results were awesome. I'm going to go back through all of the lessons now and really pay attention.
3/24/14 2:48 PM

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