Online Class

Couture Dressmaking Techniques

$39.99$59.99

Elevate the beauty and longevity of every garment you sew. Learn couture dressmaking fundamentals with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alison Smith
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Making a Muslin
12:57
Meet your instructor, Britain's premier sewing educator Alison Smith, and learn more about the couture touches you can use in your own dressmaking. The class is designed to be a reference resource - watch it all the way through or skip to the techniques you need for your project. Alison's instruction begins with altering your pattern pieces, making a muslin and cutting out fabric.
2. Understanding Underlinings
21:44
3. Delightful Darts
39:19
4. Perfect Curves
21:57
5. Beautiful Boning
38:18
6. Stunning Sleeves
21:01
7. Fine Linings
21:18

Taught by

Alison  Smith
Alison Smith
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 <i>The Sewing Book</i>, with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide, as well as <i>Dressmaking Step by Step</i>. Alison participates in many sewing shows and writes regularly for sewing magazines.
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