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Sew Ready: Garment Basics

with Brett Bara
Sew Ready: Garment Basics
Customize and sew your first garment a chic pencil skirt and gain the skills to make even more wardrobe essentials you'll love to wear!

Join Brett Bara for every step of your garment-making journey, from unopened pattern to fabulous, finished skirt. Learn the ins and outs of using and customizing your pattern before you even cut out your fabric. Plus, you'll be ready to sew darts and a centered zipper before you know it. Your garment will begin to take form as you sew your front and back pieces together, add the waistband of your choice and finish seams. Then you'll add a hook-and-eye closure, hem your skirt, and voilà— you're ready to show off your signature style wearing your classic skirt.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Brett Bara & Get Started

  • Brett Bara introduces herself, explains the project pattern and choosing a size, and discusses the tools you'll need.


Lesson 2. Getting to Know the Pattern

  • Brett demystifies the pattern instruction sheet, shows you how to read the markings on a tissue pattern and explains how to find the right lines for your size.


Lesson 3. Cutting Your Fabric

  • Brett helps translate the pattern instructions to get the most out of your fabric. You'll see how to transfer important marks and notches and learn two ways to cut efficiently.


Lesson 4. Sewing Darts & Zippers

  • Darts add shaping to the skirt, and zippers are easier to sew than you might think! Brett shows you how.


Lesson 5. Assembling the Skirt

  • You'll put together the back and front pieces of your skirt, and see several ways to finish your seams for a smooth and professional look.


Lesson 6. Sewing Waistbands

  • Choose between a smooth, faced waistband or a more traditional attached waistband.


Lesson 7. Hemming

  • You can hand-stitch for an invisible hem, or choose a machine-stitched straight stitch or blind stitch to finish your skirt edge.


Lesson 8. Variations

  • It's easy to change the look of your skirt and make it unique by using print fabrics, changing the length, color-blocking it and adding a belt.

"I'm new to sewing and really needed someone to guide me through the basics. This class was exactly what I was looking for. I learned something every time I logged on; from putting in a zip to using the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine. Brett is a great teacher and the whole Craftsy setup means you can dip back into the lessons when you need a refresher. Highly recommended for beginners like me."
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