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with Janet Pray
Online Class

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Smart Construction

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Create a trendy motorcycle-style jacket using the most efficient, effective outerwear tailoring techniques. Alongside industry insider Janet Pray, you'll start by choosing the perfect fashion fabrics and supporting materials. Then, interface and mark your included MotorCity Express Jacket pattern pieces for swift, successful construction. Customize your jacket's zippers, pockets and cuffs, and sew them beautifully without pins. Simplify the steps for easing your lining into your other pattern pieces. Apply facings to your sleeves and zippered pockets flawlessly. Breeze through ready-to-wear zipper installations. Add pockets and set-in sleeves stress-free, before learning how to line a jacket entirely by machine! Construct ready-to-wear jackets faster than you thought possible.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h15m

Included in this Class

1. Overview & Preparing the Jacket

1. Overview & Preparing the Jacket

Meet sewing industry veteran Janet Pray and learn more about the MotorCity Express jacket she designed just for you! Janet discusses the fashion fabrics, linings, interlinings and interfacing you might use, from a sophisticated felted wool lined with Bemberg rayon to a fun and funky silk tweed with charmeuse lining. Then, get started with interfacing and marking your pattern pieces.

2. Professional Preparations

2. Professional Preparations

Janet shows how to customize your jacket's zippers for the asymmetrical front opening, pockets and cuffs. Then learn to sew efficiently without pins as you assemble the jacket's back panels. You'll also sew the lining pieces, leaving an opening for bagging the lining later.

3. Beginning Jacket Construction

3. Beginning Jacket Construction

Use Janet's technique for letting your sewing machine's feed dogs ease the lining to the facing along the princess seam for a flattering fit. Then, employ crimping to accomplish the more drastic easing in the sleeve lining at the elbow. You'll learn Janet's professional pressing tips before sewing the lining to the facing at the neckline and shoulder seams with perfect corners.