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Posted on: 4/2/12 3:46 PM
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Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 9 people   
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I didn't buy this class when it first came out, since the strapless style does not readily fit into my lifestyle and/or wardrobe. But the completed projects posted on Craftsy all looked so good. I made the mistake of watching the free previews and I was immediately hooked. I had met Gretchen in person, and the video really captures her inspiring personality. She is a great teacher, and that comes through in the lessons.

I love that the class walks you through the whole process of preparing the downloaded pattern (a first for me), to making and perfecting the muslin, to constructing the very fitted and structured strapless bodice (another first for me), with underling and lining, and finishing the skirt. I had read in countless books and magazines about waist stays and boning, but seeing both demonstrated and explained together in this video was extremely helpful. Just watching someone sew a garment from start to finish is kind of relaxing to me, and to learn something new along the way is like icing on the cake.

The most enjoyable part for me was watching the bra cups take shape right as they are going through the sewing machine. I couldn�t wait to try it out myself, and it was just as fun to do and see in real life.

I tend to focus on details, and I appreciate that Gretchen's nails are neatly manicured. I've seen other professional videos in which the close up sewing shots show raggedy cuticles and annoying hangnails, which tends to distract and detract from the information presented.

The video quality is good and the information presented is hard to find elsewhere. I paid $29.99 for the class, which I feel is a fair price for both the pattern and live detailed instructions.

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Scheri said... (4/12/12 9:31 AM) Reply
I love the teaching format. I am hooked.
KathySews said... (4/11/12 8:12 PM) Reply
I am hooked on these Craftsy classes and am seriously thinking about this one.
anika said... (4/3/12 11:51 AM) Reply
Thanks for the helpful review. I've purchased the class and watched through all the lessons, but haven't actually started the dress yet. Does it make me weird that I find a teaching sewing video relaxing? Can't wait to see your dress!
marec said... (4/3/12 11:07 AM) Reply
Thanks for a helpful review-Craftsy produces some great classes!
Mufffet said... (4/3/12 9:12 AM) Reply
Right now most classes are on sale - maybe all! I haven't taken this class and won't but Craftsy is terrific! LOVE the platform - really works. At first I wondered, but after taking a couple classes - it is really well done. From the computing part to the teaching part - all good! Nice review!
ryan's mom said... (4/3/12 8:56 AM) Reply
Thanks for the helpful review! I signed up for this class two weeks ago. Originally I just going to order the pattern, but a commenter on my blog inspired me to check out the class. I didn't have to take it, but then thought it's nice to get a different perspective on doing things. All I've done is purchased an appropriate muslin weight and print out the pattern, but that relates to another thing I love about the class--there is no timeframe. Work at your own pace whether it be fast and furious or a snail's pace.
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