Sara Alm
Craftsy Instructor

San Francisco, CA USA

Sara Alm started sewing dresses at age six, and she's never looked back. After graduating from the Apparel Arts patternmaking program in 2005, Sara has worked as a patternmaker, designer and sewing instructor at Apparel Arts. She also shares her passion for garment-making by teaching sewing and fashion to at-risk teenage girls. Sara is the co-author of Famous Frocks, and her latest venture is launching a line of women's activewear.

Sara's Craftsy Classes


Mastering Construction: Sleeves

Build your sewing skills as you learn how to sew a sleeve for any garment alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. You'll gain an understanding of ease, see how pattern shape affects fit and get tips for setting in sleeves flat or in the round. Then, you'll discover how to customize the look of your sleeves with perfect vents and two types of plackets. Want to make precise cuffs easier than ever? Sara shows you how and even shares a few construction variations. Make sure your sleeves stay beautiful for years to come by adding stability and structure with shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Need an amazing finish for your armhole joins? Sara helps you sew the perfect attachment with flat-fell seams, standing-fell seams or bias binding. Round out your skills with techniques for sewing two-pieced sleeves like a pro and creating sophisticated finishes for sleeveless garments.


$34.99 $49.99


Mastering Construction: Collars & Closures

Learn how to sew collars, closures and more with complete confidence alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. Start with how to sew basic camp collars with a facing and a clean finish. Next, Sara will teach you how to create sophisticated flat collars featuring a clean custom bias finish. Take your skills a step further as you sew bulk-free banded collars reinforced with interfacing and a stay. Then, discover how to adjust pattern pieces to create collarless bands and even a secretary-style bow neckline. Ready to find out how to sew a collar for a truly sophisticated neckline? Learn to create notched collars that lay perfectly and look professional. Plus, build confidence sewing the perfect plackets, facings, buttonholes and buttons for your garments. 

$34.99 $49.99


Mastering Construction: Foundation Techniques

Build a foundation of professional sewing techniques alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. Start by learning to create a stitching order for any garment. Use darts to shape flattering garments. Create perfect tucks, pleats and gathers for gorgeous apparel. Next, see how to ease different size pieces of fabric together with confidence. Stitch smooth matching curves in delicate fabric. Join opposing curves and tricky opposing corners with finesse. Then, bring a fabulous finish to garment interiors with understitching and more. Make and apply a simple binding or create a luxurious Hong Kong finish. Move on to sewing sophisticated top-stitched seams, elegant edge-stitching, bulk-free flat-felled seams and more. Achieve clean intersecting seams and eye-catching slot seams. Plus, find out how to seam bias-cut and velvet fabrics flawlessly. 



Mastering Construction: Zippers & Waistbands

Choose, shorten and insert the perfect zippers for your garments with Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm as your guide. From how to sew a fly front zipper, a vintage slot zipper and an elegant invisible zipper, to simplifying lapped and exposed zippers, you'll achieve sophisticated results every time — even on tricky fabrics! See how to modify commercial patterns that include a mock fly by adding a full zipper fly instead. And learn to draft and sew your own zipper shield. Move on to creating straight or contoured waistbands and enclose them without a single hand stitch. You'll even see how to sew belt loops and button or hook-and-bar closures. Plus, learn to finish pants or skirts with a facing or yoke instead of a waistband. Master zippers and waistbands to take the next step toward sewing like a designer!


$39.99 $49.99


The Essential Guide to Sewing With Sheers

Join Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm to get comfortable stabilizing, marking, seaming and finishing sheer and lightweight fabrics. Learn how 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. Learn how to sew sheer fabric 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.



Inside Vogue Patterns: Tracy Reese V1397

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!

$34.99 $44.99


Mastering Construction: Facings & Linings

Upgrade your garment interiors for more refined results alongside renowned sewing instructor Sara Alm. Get comfortable choosing the best facing and lining for your fabric and garment. Then Sara will guide you step by step through adapting your patterns with the perfect facings, free-hanging linings and bagged linings. Along the way, you'll discover techniques for constructing facings and linings on a variety of garments with complete confidence. Learn how to line a dress, skirt, top or jacket flawlessly for garments of unmatched comfort and beauty!



Sara's Projects

Lined Sheer T-Shirt
Perfect Finishing
Jacket With Facing & Bagged Lining
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