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with Alison Smith
Online Class

Essential Guide to Tailoring: Construction

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Expand your knowledge of clothing construction as you learn Old World and modern speed tailoring techniques from School of Sewing founder Alison Smith. Since sleeve insertions can be tricky, Alison starts class with a lesson on inserting flawless sleeves, sleeve heads and shoulder pads. Then, take your tailoring to the top with secrets for sewing gorgeous mandarin, Peter Pan, shawl and notched collars. You'll even discover how to upgrade the elegance of jackets and coats with a melton undercollar. Ready to pocket some top-notch tips? Follow along as Alison simplifies the steps for sewing curved, jetted pockets and back welt pockets for tailored trousers. Plus, find out how to make your trousers fit and feel better by eliminating waistband gaps and adding a cotton waistband lining.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h31m

Included in this Class

1. Sleeve Insertion

1. Sleeve Insertion

Meet Britain's top sewing instructor, Alison Smith, who will guide you through essential tailoring techniques, beginning with jacket sleeve insertions using both traditional and speed tailoring methods. You'll learn how to add structure with a sleeve head and insert shoulder pads for even weight distribution.

2. Classic Collars

2. Classic Collars

Mandarin and Peter Pan collars must be absolutely symmetrical to look good. Learn Allison's techniques for accurately marking and sewing such collars, adding a jacket facing and reducing seam bulk, then pressing for perfection. You'll also see how to get a perfect roll line on a simple shawl collar.

3. Notched Collars

3. Notched Collars

Learn the secrets to making a traditional notched collar lie smoothly on the back of the neck. Alison explains turn of the cloth and how to adjust for it, as well as how to make a tailor's blister that will hold a tiny amount of fabric in reserve and help your collar points stay flat.