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with Alison Smith
Online Class

Essential Guide to Tailoring: Finishing

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Master traditional and modern garment finishing techniques with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith. Begin class with Alison's tips for getting a tailored jacket ready for finishing. Then, expand your decorative possibilities with piped bound buttonholes, and see how to select the best fabric for your jacket lining. After your fabric is chosen, Alison will guide you through installing a lining, back pleat and hanging loop with your machine. Wish to capture the Old World beauty of hand-sewn garments? You'll learn traditional methods for installing a jacket lining by hand, as well as how to match the join of facing, hem and lining flawlessly. You'll even discover how to place the lining around a vent in a skirt or sleeve. You'll finish class with techniques for topstitching, sewing on buttons by hand and perfectly pressing your garments.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h8m

Included in this Class

1. Better Buttonholes

1. Better Buttonholes

Meet author, designer, and sewing and tailoring expert Alison Smith! Alison will quickly review how to bring a tailored jacket to its finishing stage (from earlier classes in this series), then make a gorgeous piped bound buttonhole and show how to handle buttonholes for large statement buttons.

2. Linings by Machine

2. Linings by Machine

Learn to choose the best lining fabric for your project, and follow along as Alison shows how to add a hanging loop and back pleat to the lining and install it by machine, with hand-finishing to complete the installation perfectly. Then learn about decorative options for the lining-facing seam.

3. Linings by Hand

3. Linings by Hand

Alison explains when a traditional hand-installed lining is the best choice. Then learn to prepare a jacket for a hand-installation, and the proper method and order of attaching the lining pieces for a garment that's beautiful and comfortable.

Recommended with this class

  • Tailor's ham
  • French curve