Friday, October 16, 2015

craftsy class reviews - october 16, 2015

I purchased the Craftsy all access pass for the month of October, so each Friday, throughout the month, I will be reviewing various Craftsy classes.  If you have any classes you would like me to watch and review, please leave a comment on this post, and I will try to add the class to next week's review :)  I included the current class prices in the review, but the classes regularly go on sale if you feel the regular price is too high.  This week's list is pretty short because I just didn't have time to watch too many of the videos.

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Patternmaking for Knits: Essential Slopers with Judy Jackson - $49.99, regularly $69.99
  • Using a dress form to create knit slopers for both tops and bottoms
  • Materials Included: supply list, woven to knit adjustment guide, written instructions for creating a knit sleeve sloper, blank sleeve sloper measurement chart, adjustment for boxy tops, neckline trim guide, written instructions for creating a knit pants sloper, blank pants sloper measurement chart, written instructions for creating a leggings sloper, black leggings sloper measurement chart
  • The first lesson includes knit basics and adapting woven patterns for knits
  • The next lesson is how to create a knit sloper using a dress form.  I didn't particularly find this useful since (1) I don't have a dress form and (2) I really don't want to have to make or buy one to create a knit sloper
  • The rest of the the lesson for sleeves and top variations are based on the draped sloper created in the earlier lesson, so I didn't have much use for those either.  However, if you have already have a bodice sloper from another class, these lessons would be beneficial
  • Lesson five discusses neckline finishes which is useful for finishing any pattern.  It's fairly basic, but nice if you haven't worked with knits much in the past
  • Lesson six adapts a woven pants pattern for knits.  I'm having trouble believing that this could work well unless you have the perfect woven pattern, but, for the sake of honesty, I have to admit that I haven't actually tried it.  The lesson then continues with drafting a knit sloper from scratch which I would think would be a better alternative
  • The final lesson uses the pants sloper from the previous lesson to create a leggings sloper
  • The class is listed as advanced, but I can't fathom why.  It seems that Craftsy lists every pattern drafting class as advanced as a default.  It's actually a fairly basic pattern drafting class since it uses very few measurements and minimal calculations.  Plus knits are pretty forgiving so even if the drafting isn't perfect, the end product will most likely still fit

Pant Fitting Techniques with Sandra Betzina - $24.99, regularly $49.99
  • Modifying a pants pattern to fit various shapes
  • Materials Included: supply list, blank body measurement charts, blank pattern alteration sheet, big 4 and Burda size charts, diagrams with various pant rise illustrations
  • Includes Vogue 2948
  • Sandra Betzina is perhaps the most unorganized teacher I have ever seen.  She spends quite a bit of time finding the correct supplies (they apparently hide a lot) and trying to figure out which pattern piece she is working on. She apologizes about it a lot
  • I'm not sure if anything in this class is useful since I didn't care enough to follow along and try her techniques
  • The pattern and techniques seem geared towards fuller mom-type figures.  Much of the information and fitting techniques focus on fitting a large tummy (her word, not mine)
  • Oddly enough, when she stopped focusing on the patterns and just talked to people about a fitting issue, she sounded quite knowledgeable.  I wish she taught the entire class like that
  • I'm not going to lie.  I didn't bother to finish this class.  There are so many good classes out there that I didn't want to spend my time on a class I wasn't going to use anyway

Adjust the Bust: The complete Guide with Kathleen Cheetham - $34.99, regularly $49.99
  • Guide to making bust alterations on flat patterns.  I wouldn't call it complete since it doesn't address rotating the fullness into a different dart and does not even discuss shoulder darts, waist darts, or neck darts which are alternatives ways of accommodating a full bust
  • Materials Included: supply list, blank measurement chart, and practice worksheets for various dart manipulations
  • Includes instructions for both full and small bust adjustments for no-dart tops, side dart tops, and princess seamed tops
  • This class is listed as intermediate, but I see no reason why a beginner couldn't follow along and make the pattern modifications.  I consider this to be a nice introduction to bust adjustments.  I didn't learn anything new, but if you haven't done bust alterations in the past, I would recommend this course as a great starting point

Pant Construction Techniques: In the Details with David Page Coffin - $34.99, regularly $49.99
  • Uses professional tailoring techniques to construct a pair of men's pants
  • Materials Included: supplies and notions list, resources and suppliers, construction order diagrams, sample patterns for several types of pockets
  • Demonstrates tailoring techniques used to finish men's pants, but fully adaptable to tailored woman's or children's clothing as well
  • Includes instructions for inseam pockets, slash pockets (several variations), single welt pockets (straight and curved), zipper fly, several waistband variations, and finishing details
  • Does not address fitting; purely a class on construction - great companion class to Suzy Furrer's Pants Sloper class
  • This class is taught differently than many other classes.  It doesn't necessarily focus on process as much as technique.  He addresses each technique as he goes regardless of how it relates to the final product, which I prefer.  If I want to know how to finish a welt pocket but don't care about inserting a zipper, it's easy to find the lesson I need without a bunch of unnecessary information.
  • This class is listed as intermediate, and it's one of the few classes I've watched that actually deserves that rating.  Too many of the classes rated as intermediate are actually fairly beginner classes.  This class assumes you already knows how to sew and can construct a garment from start to finish.  It's intended to perfect techniques, not teach them.
  • I would love to find more classes like this!


  1. I have no interest in doing any of these classes. However I thoroughly enjoyed your reviews. If it's good you tell us, if its crap you tell us. Your honesty is refreshing.

    1. Thanks Olu! I'm usually honest to a fault, and I figure it's my blog, so why should I be any different here ;) I've got to admit that I thought I would have no interest in these classes either, but I was pleasantly surprised by a few, especially the Suzy Furrer classes.