Class + Pattern

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Smart Construction


Swiftly sew jackets they'll swear are ready-to-wear. Use the industry's best speed tailoring techniques for flawless seams, zippers, linings and more — fast!

Skill Level



Pattern Mailed to You
Pattern Mailed to You
Online Lessons
Online Lessons

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Islander Sewing Systems MotorCity Express Jacket pattern - includes sizes XS-1X (Please allow up to 14 business days in the US and up to 5 weeks internationally)
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, sizing charts, fabric requirements and zipper guide
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Janet Pray

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Enjoy your class on any device anytime.
  • Watch for your pattern in the mail!


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Beginning Jacket Construction
4. Facings & Pockets
5. Inserting Zippers
6. Completing the Jacket Shell
7. Bagging the Lining & Final Touches

Recommended with this class

  • Metal jacket zippers

Taught by

Janet Pray
Janet Pray
Janet Pray is the owner of Islander Sewing Systems, which offers patterns and instruction for industrial sewing techniques. She's also the founder and president of The American Sewing Expo, the largest independent sewing expo in the United States. Janet served as the executive director of the National Sewing Council for three years, and she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.

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