This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine
Last year I participated in an online sewing competition called Project Sewn. I didn’t win, but that didn’t bother me because what I gained from participating was a new found interest in sewing clothing for myself. When I was in high school I used to sew clothing for myself on a regular basis. I stopped in my 20’s partially because there were not high quality fabrics readily available to sew with. There seems to be a bit of a resurgence in apparel sewing lately, which is evidenced by more manufacturers offering knit, voile and rayon fabrics.
I caught the apparel sewing bug, but I really caught the dress sewing bug. I’ve always been a big fan of dresses, probably because I’m always late for church and it requires less thinking to just throw on a dress vs. putting an outfit together. I love dress styles from the 50’s and 60’s specifically. I’m always drawn to the beautiful fabrics and silhouettes from dresses of that era. My Derby dress last year was inspired by those dresses.
I loved the fit on the Derby dress but I did not love all of the changes I had to make to the pattern. It was too high-waisted for me and I really disliked the sleeves. After a lot of maneuvering I was able to finally complete a dress that I really loved.
Ever since then I’ve been wanting to sew another dress of a similar style but wanted to see if there were other patterns that I would like better.
While searching for Craftsy classes to take this Fall I stumbled on the “Inside Vogue Patterns, Tracy Reese V1397” (on sale now for $19.99) class and was immediately smitten. I was drawn to the vintage styling and the classic silhouette. I started taking the class a few weeks ago and just finished it, but I haven’t made a dress yet… I know that sounds crazy but I wanted to make sure I really knew what I was doing before I constructed the dress. Apparel sewing is not my strongest skill and I knew that there was a lot that I could learn in the class.
Anna Maria Horner Rayon
I have some of this Anna Maria Horner rayon fabric in my stash and was thinking of using it for the dress. What do you think? I can’t decide between it and this print from Heather Bailey...
They are totally different styles of fabric and I can picture them both. I was also considering making it out of black raw silk so that I had a really “fancy” holiday dress.
Sara Alm who teaches the class, shows you how to make the dress in 2 other variations besides the one on the pattern. Included in the class are instructions for modifying the pattern to create a bias cut dress (above) or an all lace version (in the photo below).
She covers all aspects of sewing the dress from picking a fabric, to cutting, to construction and finishing. One of the best tips from the class was to use the “negative” from the bodice pattern piece to help you visualize how to cut the bodice so that you get the best placement of the print on the dress.
Also in case you were wondering (because I was), you can bring the back center seam of the dress up to cover your bra. I asked Sara that question in the Craftsy online classroom and she answered that she believes that the back seam can easily be adjusted.
In the class she teaches about dart construction, finishes (including french seams) and many many other techniques. Since she gives so many clear instructions during the course of the class, I would recommend this class to an advanced beginner or above. I think it would be a fabulous place to start if you’ve never sewn a dress for yourself but want to give it a shot.
If you’d like to take this class online at Craftsy (hello! Holiday dress anyone?!?!?) I’ve got good news for you.
It’s ON Sale at 19.99 (56% off) through 12/1/14 at 11:59pm MST. This class INCLUDES the designer Vogue pattern which retails for $32.00. The class (on sale) costs less than that! So it’s a great deal.
If you’d like to find out more about the class or want to sign up, just click this link. The deal is only for Polka Dot Chair readers.
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