Alison Smith
Craftsy Instructor

Ashby de la Zouch UK

Alison Smith is the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry. She is the first person to receive the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sewing and corsetry! Alison runs the School of Sewing and is the author of the best-seller The Sewing Book, with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide, as well as Dressmaking Step by Step. Alison participates in many sewing shows and ... Read Full Bio »

Alison's Craftsy Classes

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Essential Guide to Tailoring

Bring structure and shape to any tailored garment with online video lessons from School of Sewing founder Alison Smith! You'll start by learning classic tailoring techniques such as canvassed construction for jackets and more. Alison will also teach you how to stabilize and shape a jacket's edges, neckline, armholes and roll lines. Move on to modern tailoring methods for using fusible interfacing with looser-weave fabrics to build elegant garment structure swiftly. Then, discover hybrid tailoring techniques that make it easier than ever to achieve refined results when sewing coating fabric or high-end menswear. Plus, discover how to interface a variety of different silhouette variations, from shawl-collared and collarless jackets to tailored skirts and pants.

 

$19.99 $39.99

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Sewing Lingerie

Learn how to sew lingerie alongside Alison Smith, the U.K.'s premier sewing instructor. Start class with a lesson on what patterns, fabrics and notions are best suited for lingerie. Next, discover how to stabilize, cut out and seam a variety of lightweight, slippery fabrics. Enhance the beauty of your work as Alison covers a variety of techniques for incorporating lovely lace into your lingerie. Then, find out how to apply elastic waistbands to your lingerie — without stretching out bias-cut fabrics. After Alison makes lingerie waistbands a cinch, you'll learn to create lacy shoulder straps, adjustable bra straps and silky rouleau straps. You'll also see how to hem lingerie fabrics with confidence and complete your projects with gorgeous finishing touches. Plus, your class includes Vogue Pattern V8888, which you can use with the techniques from class to sew slips, camisoles, tap pants and more.

$34.99 $49.99

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Couture Dressmaking Techniques

Create couture garments with a flawless look that lasts. Underline bodices to give them stability, structure and shape. Stabilize neck edges and shoulder seams so they never stretch. Create lovely shaping using slashed, balanced and contoured darts. Stitch crease-free princess seams and luxurious hand-finished necklines. Discover couture boning techniques for bodices that fit like a dream. Use sleeve heads and ribbon stays to sew gorgeous set-in sleeves with a touch of fullness and no wrinkles. Choose and insert impeccable linings by hand. Keep dresses from riding up or dragging with a waist stay. Harness couture dressmaking techniques to create special-occasion attire and everyday garments that eclipse high-end ready-to-wear.

$44.99 $59.99

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Couture Finishing Techniques

Learn couture finishing techniques that elevate your garments to the highest level of elegance and craftsmanship. Alongside illustrious instructor Alison Smith, you'll master herringbone, catch, blind hem, flat-fell and buttonhole stitches. Sew French seams, hand-finished whipstitch seams, clean-finished seams and flawless seams on delicate fabrics. Sew a concealed zipper with a placket. Create gorgeous triangular buttonholes. Make perfect closures with rouleau loops, corded loops and covered buttons. Use hand-finishes such as interfaced hems, hand-rolled hems, faced hems with horsehair braid, and machine-embroidered scalloped hems. Finish your garments with impeccable couture techniques that stand up to the most discerning eyes and the test of time.

$34.99 $49.99

Alison's Projects

Shell Hem by Machine or Hand
Slip & Tap Pants
Modern (Speed) Tailoring Example
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