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Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress

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Master vintage sewing techniques and design details as you create a classic dress that's customized to complement your figure.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Class materials
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Laura Nash
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Learn how to sew a vintage dress complete with 1950's-era details. Vintage sewing expert Laura Nash guides you through pattern preparation and personalized bust and length alterations. Laura will be there every step of the way as you construct your timeless bodice with a lining, gathered sleeves and a contrasting trim. Then, sew your flared skirt with patch pockets, and gather it into your bodice before adding a waist stay and lapped zipper. Hand-finish your skirt in retro fashion by easing in the wide circle skirt hem in one simple step. As a bonus, you'll learn to create a custom petticoat that gives your skirt perfect vintage flair.

Note: Simplicity Pattern 8691 is no longer available for purchase with this class, but can be purchased from A link is included in the class materials.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Laura Nash
Meet Laura and start to think about fabric choices for your Tia dress.
2. Pattern Prep
3. Cutting
4. Preassembly & Bodice
5. Bodice Finishing & Skirt
6. Lapped Zipper
7. Sleeves & Hem
8. Making a Petticoat

Recommended with this class

  • Simplicity Pattern 8691 Sew Chic Misses' Dresses (available at

Taught by

Laura Nash
Laura Nash
Laura Nash began sewing professionally for high-end stores and private clients as a young mother. When her children were all old enough to be in school, she began a degree in apparel design. Throughout college, Laura designed vintage-inspired gowns, and showed her garments at professional fashion shows all over the U.S. After finishing her degree, Laura started Sew Chic Pattern Company, where she creates gorgeous vintage patterns for wonderfully wearable garments. You'll love Laura's wealth of sewing wisdom and approachable teaching style.

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