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Mastering Construction: Sleeves

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Sew sleeves that look and feel fabulous from cap to cuff. Learn designer techniques for setting in sleeves, incorporating ready-to-wear details, finishing and more.

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What You Get

  • 6 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)

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Class Overview

Build your sewing skills as you learn how to sew a sleeve for any garment alongside Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm. You'll gain an understanding of ease, see how pattern shape affects fit and get tips for setting in sleeves flat or in the round. Then, you'll discover how to customize the look of your sleeves with perfect vents and two types of plackets. Want to make precise cuffs easier than ever? Sara shows you how and even shares a few construction variations. Make sure your sleeves stay beautiful for years to come by adding stability and structure with shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Need an amazing finish for your armhole joins? Sara helps you sew the perfect attachment with flat-fell seams, standing-fell seams or bias binding. Round out your skills with techniques for sewing two-pieced sleeves like a pro and creating sophisticated finishes for sleeveless garments.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Setting In Sleeves
Meet your instructor, pattern designer, author and teacher Sara Alm, and begin learning the fundamentals of constructing sleeves for any garment. Sara will help you understand ease and how the cut of your patterns affects fit. Then, she'll show you how to set in sleeves flat and in the round.
2. Plackets & Vents
3. Mastering Cuffs
4. Adding Structure & Stability
5. Finishes for Armhole Joins
6. Alternative Constructions

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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