Beginner | 3 hours
Taught by Deborah Kreiling
There’s no better way to learn how to follow a sewing pattern than with an iconic gathered skirt. While this garment is fairly simple, it offers lots of learning opportunities. Deborah begins by taking you on a full tour of the pattern envelope, guide sheet, and pattern tissue, so you’ll understand how all of these elements work together. Then, starting with just your waist measurement, Deborah explains how to pick your size and cut your pattern pieces. In this class, you will also learn how to insert side front-seam pockets, apply fusible interfacing, and gather the upper edge of your skirt. You will learn how to finish your skirt in Part 2.
Learn how to:
  • Take measurements and determine your size
  • Choose appropriate fabrics
  • Read the pattern envelope, the guide sheet, and the pattern tissue
  • Transfer markings and make notches
  • Cut out pattern pieces
  • Create side front-seam pockets
  • Apply fusible interfacing
  • Create gathers


Chapters
Sewing a Classic Gathered Skirt
01:43
02:14
Getting Started
09:22
05:02
09:41
Create Gathers
06:09
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Simplicity Pattern #1369 - available at Simplicity.com or your favorite fabric retailer (see back of pattern envelope to ensure you are buying the right size)
  • Fabric (see pattern envelope for fabric recommendations and exact quantities)
  • 7/8 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Thread in matching color
  • 7” invisible zipper
  • Pins
  • Water-soluble pencil or chalk
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric shears
  • Snips
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Invisible zipper foot
  • Sewing machine
Discussion
Notes
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Transcript
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Part 1:
Learn to Sew Clothes: Sewing a Classic Gathered Skirt
Deborah Kreiling
There’s no better way to learn how to follow a sewing pattern than with an iconic gathered skirt. While this garment is fairly simple, it offers lots of learning opportunities. Deborah begins by taking you on a full tour of the pattern envelope, guide sheet, and pattern tissue, so you’ll understand how all of these elements work together. Then, starting with just your waist measurement, Deborah explains how to pick your size and cut your pattern pieces. In this class, you will also learn how to insert side front-seam pockets, apply fusible interfacing, and gather the upper edge of your skirt. You will learn how to finish your skirt in Part 2.
Part 2:
Learn to Sew Clothes: Finishing Your Skirt
Deborah Kreiling
Now that your pockets are in place and the top edge of your skirt is gathered, you’re ready to attach the yoke facing to the skirt – a finishing touch that will give your garment a professional look inside and out. Deborah will also share her technique for expertly inserting an invisible zipper and stitching a narrow hem. At the end of this class, your skirt will be ready to wear. And we suspect you will be ready to start all over again, to experiment with a range of fabrics and colors.
Part 3:
Learn to Sew Clothes: Sewing a Top or Dress with Princess Seams
Deborah Kreiling
In part 3 of this class, we’ll switch to a multi-view Cynthia Rowley pattern, featuring a timeless top and dress with prominently featured princess seams. Deborah begins by explaining how to take measurements and determine your size, and then goes on to decode this more complex pattern. You will be focusing on the bodice in this installment, creating the curvaceous princess seams, adding an invisible zipper, and then finishing the neck facings. Deborah will expertly guide you at every step, building on skills you learned in the skirt class. You will learn how to finish your top or dress in part 4.
Part 4:
Learn to Sew Clothes: Finishing Your Top or Dress
Deborah Kreiling
Part 4 of this class is all about sleeves. Once you sew your side seams, Deborah gives a thorough lesson on how to add a short, flanged sleeve with a bias armhole facing, and insert a traditional sleeve. If you have always felt intimidated by sleeves, you will feel much more confident after taking this class. At the very end, you’ll add a pretty hand-stitched hem to finish your top or dress with style.
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