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Pant Construction Techniques

with Sandra Betzina
Pant Construction Techniques
Sit down at the machine with author Sandra Betzina, who shares a lifetime's worth of sewing skills to help you construct the perfect pair of pants!

If you enjoyed Sandra's first Craftsy class, Pant Fitting Techniques, or know her from her books, newspaper columns and TV series, here's your chance to sit down at the machine with Sandra and learn professional sewing skills from the popular author and host of Power Sewing.

In this class, Sandra cuts, marks and sews Vogue 2948 (included free with this class!) while demonstrating professional pant construction and finishing techniques. As you sew along with Sandra, you'll learn how to harness the power of your machine, explore variations for different fabrics, and pick up dozens of tips that you will be able to use for years to come. 

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Lesson plan

8:15

Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Sandra Betzina, and gain an overview of what you'll learn in class.

26:05

Lesson 2. Choosing Fabric

  • If you've never heard Sandra's fabric tips before, prepare to be dazzled! Learn how to select and shop for everything from linen to wool crepe, corduroy and more before gaining insight into lining options and fabric treatment advice.

26:52

Lesson 3. Sizing & Pattern Prep

  • Learn professional tips on how to select a pattern, take accurate measurements and work with sizing charts before marking your pattern.

43:12

Lesson 4. Seam Treatments & Pressing

  • Sandra walks you through thread, needle and feet considerations before covering what you'll need to know about flat felled, faux flat felled, serger and contrast seams.

31:41

Lesson 5. Pockets

  • Add panache and chic style to your pockets in this lesson as you learn sewing, pressing and finishing techniques that will take the challenges out of pocket work.

33:02

Lesson 6. Contoured Band & Invisible Zipper

  • Learn how to work with a contoured waistband and invisible zipper before sewing the crotch seam, with lots of Sandra's needed tips along the way.

24:13

Lesson 7. Fly Front Zipper

  • Sandra breaks down the essentials of attaching a fly front zipper, including topstitching techniques and pressing details that will make your construction more successful.

29:19

Lesson 8. Pant Assembly

  • Discover valuable techniques for constructing the body of the pants as Sandra demonstrates everything from how to attach the waistband to sewing the side seam.

52:55

Lesson 9. Lining & Fly Front Waistband

  • Explore lined and fly front waistbands as you learn how to make a buttonhole, align and attach the lining, baste, press, and experiment with various techniques to achieve the waistband you've always wanted.

27:14

Lesson 10. Hem Treatments

  • Learn about the differences between hem treatments with Sandra's help before choosing your own. Examine various length options and delve into Hong Kong finishing, handstitching and more in this thorough overview.

7:38

Lesson 11. Finishing & Closures

  • Hooks, eyes, buttons and snaps -- which closures do you prefer? Learn how to get the most out of any attachment option you choose.

"I started as a complete novice (I've only started to sew in January), and I loved this class. I learned heaps, and in the last two months I have made four pairs of pants, and each one better than the one before. And the learning experience was enhanced by Sandra's fun and charming presentation. It was nice to have the emphasis on real women and not super models!"
- Knitmoll

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