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with Sara Alm
Online Class

Mastering Construction: Zippers & Waistbands

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Choose, shorten and insert the perfect zippers for your garments with Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm as your guide. From how to sew a fly front zipper, a vintage slot zipper and an elegant invisible zipper, to simplifying lapped and exposed zippers, you'll achieve sophisticated results every time — even on tricky fabrics! See how to modify commercial patterns that include a mock fly by adding a full zipper fly instead. And learn to draft and sew your own zipper shield. Move on to creating straight or contoured waistbands and enclose them without a single hand stitch. You'll even see how to sew belt loops and button or hook-and-bar closures. Plus, learn to finish pants or skirts with a facing or yoke instead of a waistband. Master zippers and waistbands to take the next step toward sewing like a designer!


  • advanced
  • 8 episodes
  • 3h36m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet designer Sara Alm and learn how to use this class and the "Mastering Construction" series as a reference for all your sewing projects to produce more professional results.

2. Zipper Considerations

2. Zipper Considerations

Sara gives an overview of different zipper types and their applications, then shows how to set up your fabric for a zipper application and how to shorten a variety of zipper types. Miniature pattern pieces are included with your class materials so you can practice!

3. Slot & Invisible Zippers

3. Slot & Invisible Zippers

Try the vintage appeal of a slot zipper, especially on garments with lots of topstitching. Or consider Sara's favorite, the invisible zipper. Sara walks you through the zipper's insertion, even with tricky fabrics, and you'll see just why you'll want to add an invisible zipper foot to your arsenal of presser feet.