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The Essential Guide to Sewing With Lace

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Sew any type of lace with finesse to create stunning projects. Learn speciality skills that highlight openwork lace fabrics, borders, motifs and more.

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What You Get

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

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Simplify sewing lace! Let School of Sewing founder Alison Smith be your guide as you discover how to sew lace for daywear or special occasions with techniques to perfectly prep, layer, place, shape and seam your project. Whether your fabric is a guipure, Chantilly, beaded or eyelash lace, you'll get tips for sewing each with confidence. Then, find underlinings to match your lace and pattern perfectly and review seam finishes suited for everyday lace garments. Give your lace couture appeal by constructing a bodice with nearly invisible princess seams. Plus, learn to cut and shape a free-hanging and a full lace bodice overlay. Alison makes adding the finishing touches to your projects easy, as she shows how to sew zippers, decorate with lace borders and use purchased or self-made appliqués.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Choosing & Cutting Lace
Meet your instructor and sewing expert Alison Smith as she helps you choose the best type of lace for your project. Whether your fabric is a guipure, Chantilly, beaded or eyelash lace, Alison has tips for sewing each kind. Then you'll learn how to work with a lace motif and carefully cut beaded lace.
2. Seam Construction for Lace
3. Couture Seam Construction
4. Lace Overlays for Bodices
5. Zippers for Lace
6. Hemlines & Necklines
7. Appliqués & Insets

Taught by

Alison  Smith
Alison Smith
Alison Smith is the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry. She is the first person to receive the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sewing and corsetry! Alison runs the School of Sewing and is the author of the best-seller "The Sewing Book," with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide, as well as "Dressmaking Step by Step." Alison participates in many sewing shows and writes regularly for sewing magazines.

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