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Class + Pattern

Startup Library: Sewing

Everything you need to sew with confidence.


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

What You Get

  • 17 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, glossary of sewing terms, pattern sources and book suggestions, and a complete tote bag pattern
  • McCall's dress pattern 7120 (Please allow up to 14 business days in the US and up to 5 weeks internationally)
  • Hours of closeup instruction
  • Answers to student questions in our virtual classroom from instructor Sara Alm

Class Overview

Ready to explore a new craft? Learn to sew with author, designer and sewing expert Sara Alm in this comprehensive beginner’s class. Sara will guide you through all the basics, from essential tools and materials to choosing patterns, cutting and marking fabric and so much more. You’ll make a simple tote bag and stylish dress — even if you’ve never sewn before — and acquire a full set of garment-making skills that you can apply to any project. Your sewing journey is just getting started!

Lesson Breakdown

1. What You Need: Essentials
Meet author, designer and sewing expert Sara Alm and begin class by going over a few essential tools, including a sewing machine, good fabric shears and an iron.
2. What You Need: Patterns
3. What You Need: Fabrics
4. What You Need: Interfacing
5. What You Need: Notions
6. Practice: Machine Threading & Operating
7. Practice: Stitches & Seams
8. Method: Grain Line & Pattern Layout
9. Method: Cutting & Marking
10. Make It: Tote Bag Part 1
11. Make It: Tote Bag Part 2
12. Make It: Easy Dress: Working With the Pattern
13. Make It: Easy Dress: Darts, Shoulder Seams & Neckline Facing
14. Make It: Easy Dress: Attaching the Neckline Facing
15. Make It: Easy Dress: Side Seams, Pockets & Armhole Facings
16. Make It: Easy Dress: Hem & Belt
17. What's Next: Future Projects & Zipper How-To

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  • Sewing machine

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."

McCall's Misses'/Misses' Petites

Bust (in.)29 1/2"30 1/2"31 1/2"32 1/2"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"
Chest (in.)27 1/2"28 1/2"29 1/2"30 1/2"32"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"
Waist (in.)22"23"24"25"26 1/2"28"30"32"34"37"39"41 1/2"
Hip (in.)31 1/2"32 1/2"33 1/2"34 1/2"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"50"
Back Waist Length (in.)15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"17 1/4"17 1/2"17 3/4"18"
Petite Back Waist Length (in.)14"14 1/4"14 3/4"15"15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"