Join Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm to get comfortable stabilizing, marking, seaming and finishing sheer and lightweight fabrics. Learn to manipulate patterns to add eye-catching design details and customize the opacity of your garment. Cut and stabilize these finicky fabrics successfully for confident construction. Sew details such as pintucks, pleats, gathers or ruching. Master a variety of seam finishes on sheers: French seams and enclosed seams as well as bias tape necklines and armholes. Plus, sew perfect clean-finished hems, picot hems, baby hems and wide-finished hems on sheers. Learn techniques that will unlock all the elegance of garments made with these exquisite fabrics.
Go inside Vogue Patterns' headquarters to gain designer insight before you learn to sew three distinctly elegant dresses with the included Tracy Reese V1397 Vogue pattern. Alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm, you'll sew a vintage-inspired, floral print dress with front pockets, an invisible zipper, a deep back, a raw-edged neckline and a built-in petticoat with dramatic French-seamed ruffles. Then get confident working with modern lace fabric as you construct a feminine, fashion-forward dress variation with a contrast lining, petersham ribbon seams and a slot zipper. Finally, skillfully sew a bold, graphic dress variation with a bias grain line, perfectly matched stripes and an eye-catching chevron pattern on the skirt. Master advanced sewing techniques you can use on any garment as you make designer dresses that beg to be shown off!