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Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress

with Laura Nash
Master vintage sewing techniques and design details as you create a classic dress that's customized to complement your figure.

Learn how to sew a vintage dress complete with 1950's-era details. Vintage sewing expert Laura Nash guides you through pattern preparation and personalized bust and length alterations. Laura will be there every step of the way as you construct your timeless bodice with a lining, gathered sleeves and a contrasting trim. Then, sew your flared skirt with patch pockets, and gather it into your bodice before adding a waist stay and lapped zipper. Hand-finish your skirt in retro fashion by easing in the wide circle skirt hem in one simple step. As a bonus, you'll learn to create a custom petticoat that gives your skirt perfect vintage flair.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Laura Nash

  • Meet Laura and start to think about fabric choices for your Tia dress.


Lesson 2. Pattern Prep


Lesson 3. Cutting


Lesson 4. Preassembly & Bodice


Lesson 5. Bodice Finishing & Skirt


Lesson 6. Lapped Zipper


Lesson 7. Sleeves & Hem


Lesson 8. Making a Petticoat

"I really enjoyed watching this instructor taking the time to explain what she is doing and why. It is one thing just to read instructions but being able to do the steps along with the instructor really gives clarity to some of the trickier steps. I also like the fact that you do all the prep work at the very beginning which helps putting the dress together faster. Highly recommend this class and this instructor,"
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