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The Carefree Fly-Front Coat

with Kenneth D. King
The Carefree Fly-Front Coat
Let couture designer Kenneth D. King show you how to sew a timeless tailored coat as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

Create a classic fly-front coat by combining secrets of old-world tailoring with couture designer Kenneth D. King’s own innovative techniques. Sew luxurious seam finishes, shape the perfect collar, install jacket sleeves and shoulder pads and finish the coat with hand-sewing techniques used by the masters. This class includes a free Vogue pattern. The Carefree Fly-Front Coat is the perfect introduction to tailoring, taught step-by-step by one of the most respected teachers and designers in the sewing world.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Kenneth D. King & Get Started

  • Meet Kenneth D. King, learn about his inspiration for the class and get started with the nuts and bolts of planning your project.


Lesson 2. Drafting the Details

  • Kenneth shows how to draft various components of your coat, from the front facing to the back yoke and lining.


Lesson 3. Front Facing, Lining & Binding

  • Stay-stitch your curves and bind your jacket pieces with a polished Hong Kong finish. Kenneth will show you how!


Lesson 4. Preparing the Sleeves

  • You'll make a cuff latch and learn how to get sharp corners and clean topstitching on your sleeves. Kenneth also shows how to finish your cuffs and sew the sleeve lining.


Lesson 5. Constructing the Collar

  • A well-constructed collar is key to a professional-looking garment. Learn Kenneth's tips for drafting, sewing, grading and pressing.


Lesson 6. Body & Inseam Pockets

  • As you assemble the front of the coat, you'll be incorporating pockets at the seam line. Kenneth guides you step-by-step through the process.


Lesson 7. Adding the Fly Front

  • Kenneth demonstrates how to attach the lining to your coat and add the fly facings to create the front fly.


Lesson 8. Pressing, Buttonholes & Hem

  • A good pressing is key to a great-looking garment. Learn Kenneth's professional tips, and follow along as he adds buttonholes, closes the fly front and adds topstitching.


Lesson 9. Sleeves & Shoulder Pads

  • Don't let sleeves intimidate you! With Kenneth's guidance, you'll shape your sleeve cap, pin and sew it in, then make and install a sleeve head and shoulder pad for a great silhouette.


Lesson 10. Finishing

  • Finish up your garment with a little hand-stitching, lining attachment and the addition of buttons. Then go model your brand-new fly-front coat!

"This was the class I had been waiting for on Craftsy – and Prof. King did not disappoint. A gentle introduction to tailoring and pattern alteration – Prof. King explained the tailoring techniques in a clear and easy to execute manner. The volume of information and tips contained in this class make it an excellent value. Best of all, it enabled me to complete my coat projects that have been in my head for a year without a clue on how to start on collars and sleeve shaping . I would love to see more from Prof. King."
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