Online Class

Fine Dressmaking: Professional Construction & Finishing


Get designer-quality dresses without the boutique price tag! Learn fine dressmaking techniques for seam finishes, zippers, linings, custom details and more.

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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 Helen Haughey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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

Class Overview

Start sewing head-turning, high-end dresses with lessons from designer and sewing instructor Helen Haughey. Kick off this dressmaking course with how to choose the best patterns and fabrics for your figure. Next, test your pattern's fit with Helen's tips for making a muslin and give your garment gorgeous structure with underlining. Bring dazzling dresses a step closer with techniques for fine finishing, construction order, pressing and trimming. Then, discover professional methods for installing invisible zippers, hand-picked zippers and side seam zippers. Want to make a dazzling dress look and feel even better? Go step by step through installing and finishing luxurious linings. Plus, you'll find out how to add a variety of sophisticated custom details to your dresses.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Successful Finishing by Starting Right
Meet your instructor, Helen Haughey, an expert in all things dressmaking! To begin, she'll advise you on the best pattern for your body type with specific pattern examples that she regularly uses. She will also help you decide the best fabric choice for your fit and pattern.
2. The Perfect Muslin
3. Working With Fabric
4. Careful Construction
5. Zipper Applications
6. Lining Techniques
7. Decorative Details

Taught by

Helen Haughey
Helen Haughey
In 2006, Helen opened her custom sewing business for clients wanting superior-quality garments. Helen's clientele is based primarily in St. Louis, Missouri but also elsewhere in the U.S. and in London. In 2012, she earned her Master of Sewing & Design certification from the Association of Design & Sewing Professionals. Along with making garments and being an advocate for the craft, Helen has been teaching sewing to children and adults since the '90s.

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