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Mastering Construction: Zippers & Waistbands

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Designer-quality sewing is all in the details. Learn to choose, apply and finish the perfect zippers, fly fronts and waistbands for every design.

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  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Sara Alm

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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!

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Slot & Invisible Zippers
4. Lapped, Exposed & Separating Zippers
5. Fly Front
6. Waistbands
7. Waistband Finishing
8. Facings

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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