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with Sara Alm
Online Class

Mastering Construction: Foundation Techniques

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Build a foundation of professional sewing techniques alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. Start by learning to create a stitching order for any garment. Use darts to shape flattering garments. Create perfect tucks, pleats and gathers for gorgeous apparel. Next, see how to ease different size pieces of fabric together with confidence. Stitch smooth matching curves in delicate fabric. Join opposing curves and tricky opposing corners with finesse. Then, bring a fabulous finish to garment interiors with understitching and more. Make and apply a simple binding or create a luxurious Hong Kong finish. Move on to sewing sophisticated top-stitched seams, elegant edge-stitching, bulk-free flat-felled seams and more. Achieve clean intersecting seams and eye-catching slot seams. Plus, find out how to seam bias-cut and velvet fabrics flawlessly.


  • advanced
  • 8 episodes
  • 3h27m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet sewing instructor Sara Alm and learn more about the foundational techniques covered in your class. You can use the lessons as a reference, skipping or returning to the techniques you want to learn or review whenever you need!

2. Construction Basics

2. Construction Basics

The key to successful sewing is carefully planning. When you make your own garments, you're already thinking like a designer as you choose your fabrics, seam finishes, lining options and more. Sara walks you through a questionnaire that helps you determine key elements and plan your order of construction.

3. Getting Ready to Sew

3. Getting Ready to Sew

A commercial pattern contains a lot of information you might not need or which you want to modify. Sara shows how to copy pertinent markings onto more durable paper and discusses considerations for seam allowances. Then, learn more about key components to interface and the types of interfacing available. Finally, Sara reviews the pressing tools that are the most helpful to have for garment construction and demonstrates best practices for pressing seams and darts.