Essential Guide to Tailoring: Construction (DVD)

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Elevate the quality, longevity and beauty of any garment you sew. Learn professional methods for constructing tailored sleeves, collars, pockets and more.

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  • DVD with 7 video lessons
  • Full-color, printed reference materials booklet
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Includes closed captioning


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Class Overview

Expand your knowledge of clothing construction as you learn Old World and modern speed tailoring techniques from School of Sewing founder Alison Smith. Since sleeve insertions can be tricky, Alison starts class with a lesson on inserting flawless sleeves, sleeve heads and shoulder pads. Then, take your tailoring to the top with secrets for sewing gorgeous mandarin, Peter Pan, shawl and notched collars. You'll even discover how to upgrade the elegance of jackets and coats with a melton undercollar. Ready to pocket some top-notch tips? Follow along as Alison simplifies the steps for sewing curved, jetted pockets and back welt pockets for tailored trousers. Plus, find out how to make your trousers fit and feel better by eliminating waistband gaps and adding a cotton waistband lining.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Sleeve Insertion
Meet Britain's top sewing instructor, Alison Smith, who will guide you through essential tailoring techniques, beginning with jacket sleeve insertions using both traditional and speed tailoring methods. You'll learn how to add structure with a sleeve head and insert shoulder pads for even weight distribution.
2. Classic Collars
3. Notched Collars
4. Melton Undercollars
5. Curved Jetted Pockets
6. Welt Pockets on Trousers
7. Trouser Waistbands

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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