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Mastering Construction: Collars & Closures

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Make every neckline you sew a gorgeous focal point! Achieve designer-quality results with a variety of techniques for collars, plackets, closures 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, Sara Alm
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
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Class Overview

Learn how to sew collars, closures and more with complete confidence alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. Start with how to sew basic camp collars with a facing and a clean finish. Next, Sara will teach you how to create sophisticated flat collars featuring a clean custom bias finish. Take your skills a step further as you sew bulk-free banded collars reinforced with interfacing and a stay. Then, discover how to adjust pattern pieces to create collarless bands and even a secretary-style bow neckline. Ready to find out how to sew a collar for a truly sophisticated neckline? Learn to create notched collars that lay perfectly and look professional. Plus, build confidence sewing the perfect plackets, facings, buttonholes and buttons for your garments.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Camp Collars
Meet Sara Alm: patternmaker, author, teacher, designer and your guide to constructing collars and closures. Sara begins with an overview of collar design and construction. Then follow along as she prepares, sews and assembles a traditional camp collar.
2. Flat Collars
3. Collars With a Band
4. Banded Collar Variations
5. Notched Collars
6. Plackets
7. Facings, Buttonholes & Closures

Taught by

Sara Alm
Sara Alm
Sara Alm started sewing dresses at age 6, and she's never looked back. After graduating from the Apparel Arts patternmaking program in 2005, Sara work has worked as a patternmaker, designer and sewing instructor at Apparel Arts. She also shares her passion for garment-making by teaching sewing and fashion to at-risk teenage girls. Sara recently launched a line of women's activewear and is the author of "Designing Clothes With the Flat Pattern Method" and co-author of "Famous Frocks."

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