Online Class

Couture Finishing Techniques


Sew your most luxurious and long-lasting garments with finishing techniques used by the finest couture houses.

Skill Level


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

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Alison Smith, the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry, and learn more about couture sewing and details as you take a tour of a 1965 Chanel frock. In this class, each lesson covers a different facet of couture finishing, so you can quickly reference the information you need as you work on your own projects.
2. Skillful Hand-Sewn Stitches
3. Superb Seam Finishes
4. Cleverly Concealed Zipper
5. Beautiful Buttonholes
6. Classy Closures
7. Heavenly Hems

Additional Supplies Needed

  • Hand sewing needles

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 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 writes regularly for sewing magazines.
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