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Class Reviews > BurdaStyle Sew-A-Long: Silk Motorcycle Jacket

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Posted on: 6/25/14 4:31 AM
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I just completed a BurdaStyle Sew-A-Long: Silk Motorcycle Jacket. The reason I took this course is that there are several Burda patterns that I would like to make and their sizing fits me relatively well, but more often than not I am struggling with their instructions (I consider myself an advanced beginner sewist), so I figured that this sewalong would give me the support I need in order to complete a more complicated garment, like a biker's jacket.

The sewalong is 4 weeks long (one posting every week) and the material will be available for another month, after which you no longer have access to it. I think this is a serious drawback compared to other courses, where you can access the material for unlimited time. The instruction consists of a series of You Tube videos explaining each step of the construction process. I thought the instructor was adequate and clear in her explanations but the quality of the video not so. The instructor used an off-white fabric with same coloured thread so you couldn't really see the details of her sewing. Moreover, the camera was not so well placed, so some of the actions performed would take place outside the camera scope. There was a discussion board but the instructor was not active in it, beyond some initial welcoming messages. People would ask questions about the videos but there was no feedback to their questions. So, overall the learning experience was inferior and less professional than in other online courses I have taken (i.e. Craftsy).

Having said that, I should also say that I am glad to have followed this sewalong because I was able to finish my jacket without problems and to my satisfaction. I learned new to me techniques, like exposed zipper pockets, interesting finishings etc and I believe that I will be able to better decode Burda instructions in the future. I am happy with my garment and I definitely plan to make at least another version of this jacket, so all-in-all I consider it an investment well placed.

You can see a photo of the finished jacket here: https:[email protected]/14487761492/

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jwitt said... (8/14/14 6:28 PM) Reply
I agree with all of the criticisms of this class. The major reason I purchased the class was because I was struggling following the printed construction instructions. As the class instructor did not follow them either I realised I was free to ignore them and look elsewhere. Thanks to the Threads sewing reference book I found excellent jacket construction & lining information. I haven't yet posted my jacket & review, but will do so shortly.
Marion2310 said... (7/9/14 6:46 PM) Reply
I'm still knee-deep in this class, and it has been bittersweet for me. I've been happy to have stitch-by-stitch instruction, but like others, have had a hard time following the white on white fabric the instructor chose to use. I would have loved for this class to have included a printed summary of steps as a supplement. (The instructor did not follow the Burda instructions nor has she answered questions.) Better direction on fitting the piece would have been helpful, too. I was also initially frustrated that the pattern and the supplies needed were not posted until the day the class went live. It would have been great to have prepped a little earlier and not have stressed about getting a muslin and a completed piece before the videos are pulled down. As for the instructor, I'm not 100% certain that she is the one who was originally scheduled. I found it odd that she never showed her face or tried the garment on. All said, I do expect to have a finished piece soon that I will happily wear.
MarilynB said... (6/26/14 8:02 AM) Reply
I also took this class. I agree about the quality of the video and the use of the off-white fabric making it hard to see details. Parts of the video were tedious while the instructor was sewing a seam for for quite awhile, but you really could not see anything, she would leave the video to press a seam and all you could hear was the steam from the iron for at least a minute, and the change of nail polish color between segments. Also, there was a segment in the beginning of the lessons where the instructor referred to the neckline as the armhole. As for the pattern that came with the lessons, I think the sleeves were way too long-which also was apparent in the picture of a finished jacket that was shown in the beginning. Also, I think the instructor should have shown the finished jacket on herself. It will be awhile before I consider taking another course from this instructor.
MrsCharisma said... (6/25/14 10:17 PM) Reply
Thanks for this review. The lack of correspondence and inferior video quality/quantity would be a deal breaker for me.
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