Online Class

Learn to Sew: Shift Dress

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Learn how to sew a dress from start to finish! Build a foundation for beautiful garment construction with techniques that transfer to all your projects.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • McCall's 6465 dress pattern (mailed separately)
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and reading resources
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nicole Vasbinder

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

Create a garment you'll be proud to wear! Learn how to sew a shift dress as designer Nicole Vasbinder guides you step by approachable step through sewing two versions of a fun, versatile garment. You’ll learn garment construction techniques you can use in any dress, beginning with methods for measuring accurately, choosing the correct pattern size and picking the right fabric. As you sew, Nicole will clarify exactly how to use your pattern and teach you to create even seam allowances, construct your facings and sew perfect darts. Then, you’ll find out how to add set-in sleeves if you prefer them and how to achieve clean, bulk-free results on a sleeveless variation. You’ll even learn how to add fabulous details such as a contrasting band and techniques for a clean finish!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
12:05
Meet returning Craftsy instructor Nicole Vasbinder as you get set up for a fun and rewarding class! Nicole walks you through ways to take your own measurements, choose a pattern size, and choose fabrics that will be flattering and easy to work with.
2. Working With the Pattern
16:51
3. Marking & Cutting Fabric
28:04
4. Fusing Fabric & Sewing Darts
15:20
5. Shoulders, Side Seams & Facings
28:20
6. Sleeves
26:25
7. Contrast Band & Other Finishes
26:40

Taught by

Nicole Vasbinder
Nicole Vasbinder
Nicole Vasbinder is a sewist and instructor who, over the past decade, has spread the joys of sewing to thousands in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Formerly a designer and merchandiser in the garment industry, she owns and operates a fabric store and modern sewing school, StitchCraft. You can find Nicole’s designs in her books, Sewing Solutions, Sewing Machine Secrets and Super Stitches Sewing.

McCall's Misses'/Misses' Petites

Size468101214161820222426
Bust (in.)29 1/2"30 1/2"31 1/2"32 1/2"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"
Chest (in.)27 1/2"28 1/2"29 1/2"30 1/2"32"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"
Waist (in.)22"23"24"25"26 1/2"28"30"32"34"37"39"41 1/2"
Hip (in.)31 1/2"32 1/2"33 1/2"34 1/2"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"50"
Back Waist Length (in.)15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"17 1/4"17 1/2"17 3/4"18"
Petite Back Waist Length (in.)14"14 1/4"14 3/4"15"15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"

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