|The Technique of Underlining Garments |
Class starts on Nov 18th - Sign-up!
If sewing apparel is your passion, you'll be amazed how the technique of underlining improves your garments. Chances are, once you've underlined your first skirt, you'll be hooked. That's not to say that you'll underline each and every garment you sew. But you'll have this valuable technique in your sewing arsenal -- and you'll be able to judge when to employ it and bring your garments to another level.
This class will teach you:
- what the difference is between lining, underlining, and interlining
- how to decide when to use an underlining
- which fabrics to use as underlining
- how to cut out and apply underlining to the fashion fabric
- how to make underlining do double duty as lining
|All About Linings |
Class starts on Nov 2nd - Sign-up!
Using a lining in a garment makes the garment hang better, enables the garment to slide over the body or other garments, finishes off the interior of the garment beautifully, and often prolongs the life of the garment.
This 16-lesson class will teach you what fabrics to use for linings, how to select the best lining fabric for a particular garment, how to draft a number of lining patterns, and how to care for lined garments.Full Description
|Understanding Interfacings |
Class starts on Oct 19th - Sign-up!
Have you ever skipped using an interfacing when a pattern has called for it? Have you ever wondered which interfacing product you're supposed to use in a given situation? Have you ever thought that you should use an interfacing when the pattern did not call for one?
This 15-lesson class will help you take control of using interfacings in your garment sewing.
Your kit will include over 20 samples of different interfacings -- from those that give just a touch of support to those that provide firm and structured support -- for garment construction. Each sample is approximately 8" x 12" so that you'll have a handy reference guide and be able to test-apply potential interfacings to your fashion fabric when deciding which interfacing to use in future garments.
|Perfectly Fitted Shirt |
Class starts on Oct 12th - Sign-up!
Join me has I show you how to work with a cup-sized pattern and a fit muslin. I'll show you step-by-step how to construct your new favorite button-up shirt. This new video class has 14 high definition videos which you can play whenever you want as many times as you want. There are plenty of tips and tricks along the way to help you get great results!
|Altering Pants |
Finally, an alterations class you've been waiting for! Learn to alter your own pants pattern or your favorite RTW pants for a perfect fit! Learn to alter for The Saggy Butt, The Gaping Waistband, Hemming Dilemmas, Bow Legs and last but not the least, Tapering Pant Legs.
Bonus: Upload photos of your muslin for personal fitting advice.
|The Contemporary Couture Jacket |
A well-made jacket can show off an outfit to its best. Join designer Angela Wolf as she shows you the fundamentals and fine points of creating a contemporary couture jacket (her version of the traditional Chanel jacket) in 2 hours and 45 minutes of HD video. Her method of sewing this jacket is just a little faster than the traditional one but doesn't sacrifice its style! And this jacket features a quilted lining, but Angela shows you that you don't need to spend 140 hours creating it.
Recommended patterns: Vogue 7975 or Kwik Sew 3258Full Description
|Break your Serger Out of the Box |
In this class you'll make friends with your serger. If you've been hesitant to take it out of the box, or if it's been sitting on the shelf way too long, this is the class for you. Get an overview of the basic stitches and when to use them. Plus, learn tips and techniques that make working with tricky fabrics a snap.
|Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics |
With all the gorgeous dyed fabrics that are being used in fashion right now, wouldn't
it be fun to do that yourself? It is really easier than you think! This class will take
you from the basics on into different techniques for creating unique designs that can be
used for linings, knit and silk tops, scarves, and much more.
This process is an art of its own and once you get the basics down, your creative possibilities are endless.
Over 1.5 hours of video and a detailed PDF that you can download to your computer.
|Leather 101 |
Sewing with leather (real or faux) isn't as daunting as some people would
believe. With basic knowledge and a few extra tools, you can sew leather
garments or accessories easily. In this class I am going to show you how to
sew different types of darts, seams and flaps. And to help you put these
to use, we will create a stunning peplum top in buttery suede from start
This is a video class with 3 hours of high-definition video which you can
watch whenever you want.
Recommended Pattern: Vogue 8815
Here's what you'll learn:
- Distinguishing between different types of leather
- How to select and how much to buy for your project
- Choosing patterns
- Supplies and industry tips and tricks to sew with leather
- Cut-edge Lapped
- How to sew flaps and collars and cuffs
- Sewing the Peplum top
Bonus: A 29 page PDF document showing step by step photos of all the different types of darts and seams.
- Cutting and Marking on Leather
- Staying Leather
- Pressing Leather
- Sewing Darts
- Inserting Zipper
|Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets |
Jackets are a wonderful addition to our wardrobes. But many women shy away from sewing jackets because they don't want a structured blazer-style jacket with traditional tailoring techniques such as pad stitching. Join me as I show you the techniques that I routinely use when constructing a softly tailored jacket, which I think is absolutely perfect for a woman's body.
|Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts |
Garment sewing is a lot more fun if you have a pattern that fits! You'll learn the basic concepts of fitting a bodice, more involved fitting techniques, as well as the necessary patternmaking techniques so that you can effectively make the fitting changes to your pattern. All of these skills can be used when fitting any blouse, shirt, T-shirt, upper portion of a dress, or jacket.
|Beginners Guide to Sewing Jackets |
Want to sew your first jacket? You're in luck! This class takes you through all the steps to sewing your first jacket. From picking out patterns and choosing the correct sizing to fabric, lining, and interfacing ideas. Angela then walks you through cutting the fabric, applying the interfacing, sewing together the jacket (including inserting a 2 piece sleeve), attaching lining, hemming a vented sleeve, and even some trim ideas.
|Fit the Tee to a T |
Join me as I take you step-by-step through the process of fitting,
cutting, constructing and finishing your new favorite top!
I'll start by showing you a few simple pattern adjustments, including a full bust adjustment and neckline and shoulder adjustments. You can customize the look and fit of your Tee by relaxing the fit of the front and back lower bodice pieces and choosing between sleeveless, short or 3/4 length sleeves.
Required (not included in the class fee): J Stern Designs T-shirt pattern. [Misses Sizes (Bust 30" - 44.5")] [Women's sizes (Bust 43" - 55")]Full Description
|Altering Jackets |
Get those expensive Ready To Wear Jackets to fit you! This class will focus on altering jackets that you've already purchased or sewn.
Learn how to taper a lined jacket, how to alter back seams, side seams and under bust adjustments for a better fit. Learn the proper way to raise the shoulders. Also tons of ideas on hemming the jacket. Full Description
Bonus: Upload photos of your muslin for personal fitting advice.
|Restyling with Exposed Zippers |
Exposed zippers are such a hot trend right now and in this video class I am going to show you how to use some of the cute fashion zippers by Coats & Clark in your garments.Learn 5 different cool techniques to breathe new life into your garments:
- Exposed Zippers on a simple-T
- Adding Zippered Pockets
- Altering a Skirt with Exposed Zippers
- Altering a 2-piece Sleeve Pattern to Allow for Exposed Zippers
- Altering the Front of a Jacket Pattern for Exposed Zippers
|Blueprints to Blue Jeans |
Join me as I take you step-by-step through the process of fitting, cutting, constructing and finishing your new favorite pair of jeans! I'll start by reviewing how to work with denim and which notions and tools will help you get professional results. Then learn how to adjust your pattern for a great fit. Discover how to make room to sit down in your jeans as well has how to get the waistband to sit where you want it to.
Required: Jeans Pattern of your choice. We recommend: JStern Womens Jeans and JStern Misses JeansFull Description
|Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger |
Do you love your serger but want to do more with it? Join me as we serge ahead with a 5 thread serger. In this class we will cover the 5-thread stitch and a variety of cover hem stitches. We will be playing with stitches that require different needle positions and threading combinations so it's important that you're already comfortable with the basics.
|Clone Your Favorite Garment |
In "Clone Your Favorite Garment", designer Kenneth D. King shows you all you need to know to
make a twin favorite garment, including copying the original without taking it apart and
turning your garment info into a working pattern.
Now you don't have say "Goodbye"! Say "Hello" instead to your new favorite copy!
|Create a Jacket Muslin |
This class will walk you through creating a muslin for a jacket. Learn where to start and how to begin altering and adjusting for a perfect fit. You'll learn how to choose the correct jacket pattern size, sewing up a muslin the easy way, transferring the pattern markings and how and where to start the fitting.
Bonus: Post pictures of your jacket muslin for personal fitting advice and solutions. You may use any jacket pattern you like.Full Description
|Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics |
In this new video class (with over 3 hours of videos!), learn to work with slippery and drapey fabrics with Sarah Veblen. Topics include finding the grainline, pinning the pattern to fabric, Sewing curves on these fabrics, Controlling gathers and pleats, Buttonholes, Zippers, Choosing the best style of garment and so much more!
|Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket |
In this new video class (with over 1 and half hour of videos!), make an unlined spring/summer jacket with designer seam finishes. Learn how to add a shoulder pad to an unlined jacket and how to alter the pattern to hide the interfacing. Angela will also share some of her favorite top stitching tips.
Suggested Pattern: Burda 7018 - Denim Jacket.Full Description
|Sewing Basics |
Have you always wanted to sew, but don't know how? Do you want to start on the path of making your own outfits?
This is the right place to start!
Join Deepika as she takes you through the steps you need to know to sew your first project, an elastic waist skirt.
Recommended Pattern: Simplicity 2258
In this video, you learn how to:
You'll also learn about sewing machine features and pattern language and symbols.
- Use some of the basic tools
- Choose fabric
- Use patterns
- Measure yourself for patterns
- Trace and cut out the pattern
- Lay out and cut out the pattern from fabric
- Stitch together and press your skirt
Let Deepika demystify the process of sewing for you! Take this class!
Complete List of Videos
- Introduction and Tools
- Fabric Types
- What the Information on the Pattern Envelope Means
- Types of Patterns and What the Markings Mean
- Taking Body Measurements
- Tracing the Patterns and Understanding Markings
- Preparing the Fabric, Laying Out the Pattern Pieces, and Cutting Out the Fabric
- Getting to Know your Sewing Machine
- Sewing the Skirt
|All About Buttons and Buttonholes |
Buttons and buttonholes are so commonly used that we tend to accept them without really thinking about them. But there's a lot to know about them!
I've included great information about basic machine-sewn buttonholes and sewing buttons, as well as other types of buttonholes and creative closures. Have fun learning about the technical... and the creative... aspects of buttonholes and buttons so that your garments and projects look fantastic.
This is an a la carte class - you can buy just the videos you're most interested in, or get them all and save. As with all my classes, there is a class board so you can ask me questions. I look forward to working with you!
|10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro |
No matter whether you're new to sewing or have a lot of experience behind you, it's always helpful and fun to learn about sewing techniques. In this all-video class, Sarah will share 10 techniques with you that she uses when making the beautiful garments she creates for herself and her custom clothing clients. Not only will you learn how to execute the techniques, but Sarah will also explain what each technique accomplishes: why it works and when to use it in your garment sewing. The following is covered in the class:
- Forming a thread chain
- to keep the garment and lining together
- to make a button loop closure
- to make a lingerie strap
- Sewing a sleeveless narrow shoulder with facing
- Preventing a back slit from splaying open (off-graining a pattern)
- Preventing the top of a slit from ripping out
- Sewing spaghetti straps
- using bias fabric strips
- using straight-of-grain fabric strips
- Sewing a corded spaghetti strap
- Sewing darts
- tapering a dart leg
- sewing fish-eye darts
- dealing with thread tails
- Sewing tucks with a continuous thread
- Setting in a sleeve
- Sewing corners
|Put it on the Bias |
In this class you'll learn the basics of sewing on the bias (45 degree angle) and sew your own beautiful and figure flattering 4 gore bias skirt.
Downloadable Pattern Included!: J Stern Designs Ribbon Skirt
You'll learn :
- 5 Different Bias Hemming Techniques
- Working with a variety of fabrics
- Matching stripes
- Lining a bias skirt
- Inserting a ripple free zipper
All with the help of HD video which you can play over and over again as many times as you want. Blog Announcements with more photos
|Fun with Fitting - PANTS |
Pants are easy to sew, but they sure can be difficult to fit! In this class, you'll learn the basic concepts of fitting pants, how to fit different body types, as well as the necessary patternmaking skills so that you can effectively make the fitting changes to your pattern.
Recommended Pattern: Eureka! Pants that Fit.
|Bust Adjustments |
Did you know that most commercial patterns are developed for a bust with a B cup? If your bust size is larger or smaller than a B cup, adjusting the pattern to reflect your bust means that you can work on a pattern size that is appropriate for your upper chest and shoulders. Working in this way and making a full bust adjustment (FBA) or a small bust adjustment (SBA) puts you a big step closer to getting a pattern that fits!
This video class has 9 high-def videos filled with conceptual information about bust adjustments as well as how to make the pattern adjustments. There are also 7 written PDF lessons that support the material covered in the videos, so you can read about bust adjustments, study the step-by-step photographs, and follow along quite easily. Bust adjustments for patterns with side bust darts, armscye princess lines, shoulder princess lines, and bodices with raglan sleeves are all explained in detail. Plus, several variations of the traditional FBA/SBA are included in both the videos and written lessons, as are basic patternmaking practices for truing dart legs, walking seams, and making parallel darts.Full Description
|Pattern Work |
A pattern is a template or guide to get us started with our sewing project or garment.
Sometimes we want to change the pattern – perhaps to achieve a different effect, or
to improve the fit of a garment.
Although it's easy to think "I wish I could change this pattern piece," many people
are often hesitant to alter a pattern. Maybe you feel that you're "not supposed to,"
or you've tried before and ended up with a mess. I'm the first to say that pattern
work can be intimidating. There's a lot to become familiar with and keep track of.
But I firmly believe that everyone can learn to do pattern work! And the results
are so rewarding.
|Understanding Wool Fabrics |
Selecting the right fabric for a particular garment can make a huge difference in how the project turns out. So the more you know about fabric, the more successful your garments will be. This class delves into the wonderful world of wool fabrics: from light-as-a-breeze tissue wools and wool gauzes to oh-so-cozy mohairs and wool coatings.
|More Knits |
The selection of knit fabrics that is available to sewers just keeps on growing! And for those of us who enjoy working with knits, this is great news. But how do you keep up with this expanding variety of knit fabrics? Join me now in exploring more than 25 knits that were not covered in Understanding Knit Fabrics.
|Understanding Knit Fabrics |
Learn the basics of sewing with Knit Fabrics. This class will teach you to:
- identify different knit types
- accurately gauge the amount of give/stretch of any knit fabric
- understand the relationship between knit type and sizing of garments
- predict how spandex further affects fit
- select the best sewing machine needle for any type of knit
- select appropriate threads
- determine when to use a serger and when to use a straight-stitch machine
- determine the best serger stitch and threading configuration
- get good results when using a straight-stitch machine
|Sewing Facings and Developing Facing Patterns |
If you've done any garment sewing, you've probably encountered facings before. While commercial patterns do include an overview of how to apply the facing to the garment, the information is usually pretty general. Although there's more to facings than you might think, the good news is that mastering them is easy. And the benefit of well-sewn facings is that your garments will look better than ever.
|Fun with Fitting - SKIRTS |
Having a well-fitting basic skirt in your pattern collection provides you with a useful garment to make, and it gives you the starting point from which to develop fun and creative skirt designs. Not only is getting a skirt to fit straightforward, but it's also one of the best and easiest ways to learn fundamental fitting concepts.
Included in this class is three rounds of muslin fitting and personalized fitting advice! Full Description
|Understanding Sheer Fabrics |
Whether you are a novice or seasoned sewer, this class will delve into every aspect of sheer fabrics so that you're eager -- and confident -- to start sewing with them.
|Fitting Clinic: Pants |
During this 3-week Fitting Clinic, you'll get 4 rounds of personalized fitting or pattern advice. You're welcome to ask general fitting and patternmaking questions about pants on the class board at any time. Each time you upload new photos and Sarah gives you personalized advice, this counts as one of your rounds.
Prerequisite: Fun with Fitting - Pants
|Fitting Clinic: Bodice with Darts |
During this 3-week Fitting Clinic, you get 4 rounds of personalized fitting or pattern advice. You're welcome to ask general fitting and patternmaking questions about darted bodices on the class board at any time. Each time you upload new photos and Sarah gives you personalized advice counts as one of your rounds.
Prerequisite: Fun with Fitting - Bodice with Darts
|Pants Fitting Workshop with Sarah |
If you're like many women, you love to wear pants. Pants are pretty easy to sew, but they sure can be difficult to fit! For a lot of women, having a pants pattern that fits is worth its weight in gold. In this workshop, I will help you understand all the ins and outs of how to get a nicely fitting pair of pants. Included in this class is two rounds of muslin fitting and personalized fitting advice!
|Blue Print to Blue Jeans |
Get an overview of denim, needles, threads, notions and tools that will help you get professional results. In this class you will learn how to adjust the pattern pieces to get a great fit.
|The Little Black Dress |
It's a fashion classic -- and it's the one dress that everyone should have in their wardrobe! To help you create one, we'll explore all the elements from a couture point of view, from choosing a pattern to the final finishing details.
|All Zipped Up |
Choosing the perfect zipper treatment depends on two things. What kind of fabric you're working with and where you're inserting the zipper. Join me for All Zipped Up! and learn how to put in a variety of zippers like a front fly and an invisible
|Couture Hand Stitches |
While our sewing machines are essential, so is hand-stitching. You'll be amazed at the impact that carefully applied hand-stitches can have on a garment
|Top 10 Couture Techniques With Susan Khalje |
Join couture dressmaker, author, TV host and master teacher Susan Khalje for another couture class, this time concentrating on top 10 couture techniques, you'll love to use!
|Zippered Welt Pocket |
The welt zipper pocket is a useful addition to a variety of projects, from the lining pockets of handbags to pockets on designer jackets. It is secure and stylish! This pocket starts with Kenneth's famous "ribbon welt" technique, which uses ribbon as the measuring device and interfacing for the welts--making an almost foolproof pocket.
|Piped Pocket and Buttonhole |
Learn Kenneth's method of making the piped pocket and bound buttonhole
|Knots and Frogs |
Using a frog closure is a classic way to spice up an otherwise plain garment. Learn Chinese knot, Snail Frog and Braid Frog in this interactive video (optional) class.
|All Hemmed Up |
Dust off your hemming accessory feet and see how easy it is to achieve a professional looking hems.
|Working with Faux Fur |
This class in working with faux fur will show the techniques that Kenneth has gleaned from working to remodel existing real vintage furs into new coats.
|Seams Wonderful |
Learn to sew six different types of seams and tools and notions to help you achieve the perfect seams.
|Birth of a Bustier |
Learn Kenneth's method of making the piped pocket and bound buttonhole
|Sew a Metallic Shirt |
We will take you through the construction process of making a long-sleeved, yoked shirt with a set-on collar. At the end, you will have learned something while giving yourself a fab shirt to wear on festive occasions!
|Rigid Handbag Construction |
Learn to make a structured handbag from Kenneth King!
|Soft Handbag Construction |
This class on what Kenneth calls "soft handbag construction" evolved from techniques he developed to create his couture accessories. With this technique, you can create a handbag that is simple or more complex, one that will be beautifully finished
|Club EMB - Embroidered Buttonholes |
Embroidered buttonholes are perfect when you are trying to stitch on fabric that doesn't do well under a traditional buttonhole foot -- you get perfect results every time! Plus, these buttonholes have a little something extra--little embroidered det
|Fun with Machine Embroidery |
When you have the know-how to embroider on different fabrics and get perfect results, machine embroidery can be so much fun. How well embroidery designs stitch out really depends on the choices you make regarding stabilizer and other notions.
|Club EMB - Embroidered Monograms |
Learn how to position initials on the cuff of a man's dress shirt or upgrade pillowcases to family heirloom status. We'll explore different fonts--everything from fun and funky to elegant and formal. If you don't own embroidery software, I'll show y
|Wedding Gowns 101 |
Join the expert - Susan Khalje, master teacher, couture dressmaker, Threads Contributing Editor and author of Bridal Couture, for an in-depth look at creating wedding gowns.
|Club EMB - Embroider on Paper |
Learn how to select designs, stabilizers and needles for embroidering on paper. Get creative by combining embroidery designs with printed words, decorative stitches or a hand written message.
|Club EMB - Applique |
Join me for Club EMB this month to learn how to work with machine applique designs.
|Origami Welt, Piped Pocket and More |
Learn Kenneth's method of making the piped pocket and bound buttonhole
|Club EMB - Freestanding Lace |
Learn how to embroider free standing lace designs. These pretty snowflakes are stitched on washaway stabilizer that melts away leaving a lace design that perfect for hanging in in the window or decorating the tree!
Kenneth will show you how to make a tassel out of readily-available materials, and customize it to your project.
|Club EMB - When something goes wrong! |
When you're working with your embroidery machine, lots of things can go wrong. Join me for Club EMB for simple steps to help avoid embroidery disasters... and learn what to do when something does go wrong!
|The Lace Class with Susan Khalje |
Recognized as the expert on working with fine lace, Susan Khalje, couturiere and author of Bridal Couture as well as a number of lace articles for Threads Magazine, shares her expertise with PR members.
|Club EMB - Combining Embroidery Designs |
Learn how to combine a small design into a larger masterpiece. We will explore different ways to play with arranging a leaf/acorn design into a wreath.
|Decon to Recon your Jeans |
Forget those run-of-the-mill denim skirts you see in store with the little triangle insert under the zipper. Deconstruct your jeans and reconstruct them into a one-of-a-kind. Work with the denim fabric created by deconstructing the jeans or introduc
|Club EMB - Embroider on Leather |
Did you know that you can use fusible stabilizer and metallic threads? Discover all kinds of fun stuff about embroidering on leather!
|Embellishment and Trims Workshop |
In this class we will cover how to manipulate the trims to create the embellishment, by making a sample of the work. The student will create a sample of the embellishment which may be adapted to attach to the flap of an evening bag.
|Couture Strap Seam Construction |
The strap seam is a hallmark of couture construction. Its only function is decorative, but it can add interest to an otherwise plain garment.