Become sewing savvy with fit and finishing techniques from Diana Rupp of Make Workshop. In Sewing Studio, she'll take you step-by-step through two classic patterns — an Envelope Pillow and Naughty Secretary Skirt — applying methods you'll use again and again. Create the projects using patterns from her book Sew Everything Workshop (not included with this class), or substitute with patterns of your choice. Begin learning the basics with tutorials on zipper insertion, lining a skirt, adding darts, finishing with French seams and much more.
The course begins with a brief introduction to the Sewing Studio and Diana Rupp, author of Sew Everything Workshop.
While working on your pillow, you will learn about fabric construction, different types of edges, cutting, hemming, seam allowances and how to construct the French seam.
In this session, you will assemble, sew, press and finish your pillow.
Diana explains the nuts and bolts of reading commercial sewing patterns and gives you the skinny on sizing conventions, pattern problems and other insider tips.
Diana walks you through all the steps of laying out and pinning your toile or mockup for the Naughty Secretary Skirt.
Continuing on with the toile of the Naughty Secretary Skirt, Diana demonstrates several cutting and marking techniques and explains how they will jazz up your sewing.
In this jam-packed session, Diana shows you how to sew the darts on your skirt toile, install an invisible zipper and sew your side and center back seams.
Using the toile or muslin, Diana teaches you how to make major and minor alterations to your Naughty Secretary Skirt.
Diana shows you how to use the tailored pattern you created with your toile to cut out the fabric for your "real" skirt.
This quick yet vital step helps to keep your seams intact. Stay-stitching also keeps bias-cut or curved pieces from distorting as you sew.
Using bias tape, Diana shows you how to make a fun and flirty waistband, a wide structured waistband or a peek-a-boo contrast waistband.
While assembling and inserting the lining for your Naughty Secretary Skirt, Diana covers everything from fabrics to seams to the importance of pressing.
Hemming made easy: Diana takes you carefully through the steps of hemming both the Naughty Secretary Skirt and the skirt lining.
Put the finishing touches on your skirt. Diana demonstrates hand sewing, the quilter's knot and the slip stitch, bringing you through the home stretch. Congratulations!
This detailed discussion of the sewing machine will equip you with the know-how you need to create fabulous and professional-looking projects.
This tutorial is great for beginners, but it is also a handy review for those of you who have been away from your sewing machine for a while.
"This was my second sewing class - the first one was an in-person class. It was exactly what I was looking for. Diana starts with the basics but includes some more advanced skills such as french seams and fitting. What I most appreciated was Diana's attention to detail. It helped me be more precise in my sewing. Even though I am a beginner, following Diana's instructions, I completed a pencil skirt that fits perfect and looks great. Thank you Diana."