When I was in high school I took a home ec class and learned to sew. We were taught how to read patterns, select fabric, and eventually sew our garments. The thing I didn’t like about learning to sew this way was that it was so tedious. There were so many steps to follow and it seemed like most of them were unnecessary. (I guess that is why I naturally drifted toward quilting…I just do it my own way and call it good.)
I was recently browsing through classes at Craftsy (have you signed up yet, it’s FREE to sign up, and a few of the classes are even free!) and I saw the class Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt. It promised to teach how to both design and sew a skirt tailored to my shape and style. At the time, I was thinking this would be perfect for my daughter. She wears skirts all the time and has been wanting to learn to sew. I signed up for her.
But somewhere along the line, God started tugging at my heart about making some skirts for myself. I thought I would watch the class just to help her out, but as I watched I learned so much. The class starts by teaching you how take your own measurements and draft a pattern. At first you just learn the basics, but as you progress she (Debra Moebes) teaches you how customize your skirt and add in the elements that are right for you.
What I enjoyed was the fact that she cuts out the unnecessary and just gets right to the meat. Yes, there are still some steps that I felt were tedious, but at least now I understand why they are necessary.
Once you draft your pattern, you then sew up a muslin (had never done that before…I felt like a professional). The muslin is a practice run so that you can make sure it fits properly and is just how you want it before moving on the real skirt.
After you have made your adjustments, you then transfer them back to your permanent pattern before cutting out and sewing your skirt. I say permanent, because once you have a pattern that you like, you can keep the same pattern and just make adjustments to it for any “extras” you would like to add each time. Debra teaches you how to make skirts with invisible zippers, yokes across the top of the skirt, fuller skirts with her slash and spread method, and how to add a variety of pockets to a skirt.
I finished this class and felt confident in my skirt making abilities. I was so thankful that she took the time at the end of the series to talk about different fabrics. I am only use to working with cotton fabrics, but they are a little on the lighter side for skirts (at least for me, now I wouldn’t mind using them for the girls). I am anxious to try my hand at making a linen or wool skirt. She also shares resources on where to find different kinds of fabrics for skirt making.
A few more things that stood out about the Craftsy class and are worth mentioning:
Indefinite access to your class — once you sign up for a class, you can take as long as you like in working on the class. What I like about that is if I get down the line and have questions about something I learned in this class, I can always go back and watch the lessons.
Ability to ask questions — both Debra and other students are available to help answer any questions that may come up as you learn to sew.
Ability to work on the class at my own pace and whenever I want — there is no waiting for the next class to become available, nor is there any getting behind if you don’t finish something. The classes are totally go-at-your-own-pace and you can watch them whenever you like!
I tell you I have had so much fun taking this class! I was have been up way to late on more than one occasion, watching the Craftsy videos…it’s a little addicting.
In fact, I am so crazy about Craftsy classes that I want to share one with one of you! I am going to be giving away a FREE Craftsy class to one lucky winner. And for those of you that might not be the lucky winner, Craftsy currently has all of their classes on sale for just $19.99 (now through November 26th).
If you don’t have time to take a class now, but think you might want to take one later, I would suggest signing up now while they are so cheap, and taking the class at your leisure.
To enter the giveaway, visit Craftsy.com and browse their more than 100 classes. Then tell me which class you would take if you are the chosen winner!
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