I recently received this comment on the site from Krista in response to my teaser post about the upcoming Little Black Dress pattern:
Hi Deby, it already looks amazing, can’t wait to see what the finished project will look like!
I love reading your blog by the way. I was wondering if you could explain how you grew from a beginning sewer to where you are now in such a short time. Did you just practice a lot? I know you followed Craftsy courses (I do too, that's where I found your projects first), but I still find the quality of my projects vary from nice enough to wear to “yikes!” I would love to hear how you perfected your techniques to the point where you were confident to wear what you made yourself.
Thanks and keep up the great blog!
I actually get lots of emails and replies often to my weekly posts roundup asking me pretty much the same kind of question – how do I learn to sew? People wanting to know how they can learn to sew – but not just that, actually learn to sew well and make projects that are good enough to wear and feel proud of.
Well, when it comes to learning to sew, Craftsy has been my hero!
I started out with some of the FREE CLASSES:
- Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch
- Sewing Machine 911
- Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z
- Mastering Zipper Techniques
I then realised just how wonderful Craftsy was and signed up for my first paid class – Sewing with Knits.
At about the same time I also signed up for Pant Construction Techniques. Although this is an excellent class, I really wasn't ready for it. I was brand new to sewing and as any good sewist will tell you, fitting pants is HARD. I did have 3 attempts, made 3 muslins all with small improvements each time, and then my attention was drawn to the knits class more and I never completed the pants fitting course – shame on me. Perhaps I should set this as a target for 2014 to revisit and at last make myself some trousers.
I branched out a little at this point and became distracted by some of the other areas that Craftsy cover and I turned to the mouth-watering free classes:
- Modern Buttercream – amazing free cake class
- Perfect Pizza at Home – my husband would tend to agree!
But back to our subject, and next I decided I needed some help photographing my sewing projects for my site and for my online store on Etsy. So I took Shoot It: A Product Photography Primer. I think we can all agree if you look back to the very earliest posts on the site – even with my cheap point and press I made some major improvements. I'm not comfortable in front of the camera, and almost everything is shot with a timer, so there is still room for improvement yet – but this course made a huge difference.
By now I'm addicted to Craftsy and I want to sign up to all of their classes – and I did sign up for a lot! Many of which are still not started, but I did decide to make 2013 the year of the Perfect Fit and took the Sew the Perfect Fit Class.
Next on my work table is a huge step up in my sewing technique and quality – am I ready for The Couture Dress Class?
I'm slowly watching these classes when I get time – and I can tell you, it's already been a huge eye-opener and I've learned masses of techniques I am just dying to try out. One of which you will find incorporated into the Little Black Dress pattern which will be released early in November. As I start work more on this course and the project, I'll share my progress of course.
So what else am I signed up for but haven't started yet:
- 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know – Gail Yellen – essential viewing for new sewists and those looking to improve their skills
- Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear – I hope to learn some skills here which I can use to develop more clothing sewing patterns to share with you
- Design your own Handbag – looking to learn some new ideas and techniques here to work on my own range of purses
- How to Teach It – an intriguing course on how to teach crafts. I'm hoping to be able to improve my pattern instructions to make them easy for everyone to follow.
I've not started on these courses yet, but after taking some from Craftsy already, I KNOW they are going to be awesome and each one will be filled with tips, techniques and tutorials to make my sewing go from Yikes to Yes!
So are you convinced yet of the benefits of online training courses for sewing? Maybe you have already taken one or more. If not, then why not give some of the Free Craftsy courses a try.
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