Decorative Seams

Techniques and Finishes

with Katrina Walker

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Designer Katrina Walker shows you a wealth of classic couture-inspired seaming techniques to elevate simple garments to standout attire. Read More…

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Class Description

Work through each seaming technique with Katrina as you build a reference notebook of techniques you can apply to any garment. Katrina will show you the creative possibilities of vintage seaming techniques and design details with stunning inspiration samples. Learn a variety of tailored effects including topstitching, padded and welt seams, piping and double piping, strap seams, lace insertions and more. Design bold garment elements using faux tucks, prairie points and Seminole piecework. Katrina puts it all together in three renditions of the included Vogue Pattern 1329 to show you how decorative seams can transform simple garments.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Katrina Walker

  • Meet Katrina Walker and learn to chose appropriate patterns for decorative seams.


Lesson 2. Topstitched Seams

  • Audition threads and create topstitched seams, including flat-felled seams, welt seams, padded seams and more.


Lesson 3. Embellished Seams

  • Create a slew of embellished seams, including straps, lace insertions and slot seams.


Lesson 4. Decorative Inset Seams

  • Learn about piping and discover methods for sewing piping, double piping, prairie points and more.


Lesson 5. Decorative Panels

  • Learn to make Seminole piecework, faux tucks, horizontal tucks and more.


Lesson 6. Seams in Action

  • Katrina shows you standout examples of how she's incorporated decorative seams into the Vogue pattern included with this class.

"The techniques presented were inspirational but also easy to achieve with the processes that Katrina provides. They look so professional and couture yet are easy to do!. I will incorporate a few of the techniques in my next garment projects. Love this class, maybe me favorite Craftsy class so far!"
- Suzani

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Student Projects

Bundled fagoting stitch by Purdy Cheese
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  • by Purdy Cheese
  • Bundled fagoting stitch
Closed Slots and Horizontal Tuck Seams  by HJP55
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  • by HJP55
  • Closed Slots and Horizontal Tuck Seams
Lace Insertion Navy Dress  by JillStraw
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  • by JillStraw
  • Lace Insertion Navy Dress
Sample bag by Eva testar
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  • by Eva testar
  • Sample bag

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Included with this class:

Vogue Misses' Dress Pattern (V1329). more info

Vogue Misses' Dress Pattern (V1329)

Vogue Misses' Dress Pattern (V1329)

Dress pattern by Kay Unger, a Vogue Patterns American Designer. Close-fitting, lined dress (fitted through hips) with yokes and pleat detail on the right front of the dress. Back features princess seams and an invisible zipper.

Price: $0.00 (included with purchase), Retail: $18.00

SIZE 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 31 1/2in (80cm) 32 1/2in (83cm) 34in (86cm) 36in (91cm) 38in (97cm)
Hip 33 1/2in (85cm) 34 1/2in (88cm) 36in (91cm) 38in (97cm) 40in (102cm)
SIZE 18 20 22 24
Bust 40in (102cm) 42in (107cm) 44in (112cm) 46in (117cm)
Hip 42in (107cm) 44in (112cm) 46in (117cm) 48in (122cm)

This pattern will be shipped directly to you by Vogue Patterns. Please allow 14 business days for U.S. shipments (international shipments will require additional time for delivery).

For $29.99 You Get:

  • 6 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including a supply list and a swatch notebook
  • FREE Vogue Misses' Dress Pattern V1329
  • Answers from Katrina in our virtual classroom
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