Friday, October 9, 2015

craftsy class reviews - october 9, 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.

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Sewing Designer Jeans with Angela Wolf - $24.99 on sale, regularly $49.99
  • Very nice finishing techniques
  • Includes a fairly basic resource list for purchasing patterns and denim sewing supplies
  • Complete jeans construction including altering patterns for fit, step by step sewing instructions, and professional finishes
  • Adaptable to any jeans pattern
  • Techniques for distressing jeans, including how to test the denim before distressing 
  • Rated as an intermediate class by Craftsy, although I believe a confident beginner could follow along without a problem.  It's very thorough and loaded with tips specific to denim

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper with Suzy Furrer - $69.99
  • This is my favorite Craftsy class - I will be purchasing it once my all access pass expires at the end of October
  • Materials included: supply list, both a blank and a sample completed measurement chart, reference charts for drafting, a sample moulage, and a sample sloper
  • Directions on how to measure a real person and draft a moulage (no ease bodice) and a basic bodice sloper for both wovens and knits.  The sloper does not include sleeves
  • Even if you don't plan to make your own patterns, personalized slopers serve a purpose.  If you use your sloper and compare it to a pattern you wish to sew, you can often make many fitting changes before sewing the first muslin
  • There is some math involved, and the drafting is somewhat complicated, so patience may be required
  • This is listed as an advanced class, and I believe that is accurate.  Having some existing knowledge of the purpose of specific pattern components such as darts would be helpful

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves with Suzy Furrer - $34.99 on sale, regularly $69.99
  • This class in an extension of the bodice sloper class
  • Materials included: supply list, measurement chart (includes tips on how to measure,) sleeve diagram, blank pattern record chart, information about ease for different garments, complete written instruction for the entire class to use as a reference.  This alone is worth the price of the class
  • Includes step by step instructions for drafting a sleeve from body measurements
  • Includes basic fitting variations for tops, jackets and coats and how to adjust a bodice sloper for a sleeve
  • Requires a basic bodice sloper
  • Includes the following sleeves - basic, tailored, two-piece, sleeve with vent, short & 3/4 length, puffed, mutton leg, bell, cap, petal, sleeve with placket and cuff, sleeve linings, and knit sleeves
  • Advanced class just like the bodice sloper class

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts and Seam Lines with Suzy Furrer - $44.99 on sale, regularly $69.99
  • This class is also an extension of the bodice sloper class 
  • Materials included: supply list, written directions for the basics of both front and back dart manipulation
  • An entire class about dart manipulation - I don't think people give darts the credit they deserve.  A perfectly fitted dart will give a pattern a professional finish
  • Includes instructions for drafting the following darts: center front, armhole, french, diamond, y-dart, neckline gathers, horizontal waist gathers, bust gathers, curved shoulder darts, cowl neck
  • Includes the following seam lines: princess seams, empire line, babydoll line, a-line, swing line, double breasted line
  • Includes instructions for manipulating back darts as well
  • Requires a basic bodice sloper
  • Advanced class
  • With this class, you can create pretty much any bodice style you desire
  • Even if you don't plan to make a bodice sloper, this information in this class could be used for altering the darts (or adding if they don't already exist) on existing patterns for a better, personalized fit

Plus-Size Pattern Fitting and Design with Barbara Deckert - $24.99 on sale, regularly $49.99
  • Although I'm not technically plus sized, I always have to make full bicep and full bust adjustments on patterns, so I took this class anyway and found many of the tips and techniques useful for any size 
  • Materials included: blank measurement chart, ease chart, blank size adjustment charts, five different shape fashion figures, written construction tips and techniques for reference, fabric recommendations, supply list and resources, tool list, reference book list 
  • Includes a sewing pattern - Vogue 8815
  • This class is geared toward modifying the fit on an existing pattern, not drafting from scratch
  • Addresses the basics of designing such as proportion and line
  • Has instructions for a couple of options for making your own custom dress form
  • Discusses measurements, ease and choosing the appropriate pattern size
  • Addresses the changes needed for adjusting a flat pattern to fit a plus sized woman
  • Includes: adjusting for length and width, bust adjustments, and figure variations such as a rounded back, full arms, and a rounded abdomen or backside.  In other words, the figure variations that most women have!
  • Goes through basting a garment and fitting a garment on a dress form and/or person
  • Lesson 11 includes variations of the pattern included with the class (Vogue 8815) showing how once the pattern modifications are finished, the pattern can be used for several garments
  • Craftsy lists the class as intermediate which seems accurate

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Advanced Industry Techniques with Janet Pray - $29.99 on sale, regularly $59.99
  • Includes many tips for making sewing faster with professional results
  • Materials included: supply list and resources, seam allowance reference
  • Janet Pray is extremely knowledgeable and you can tell as you watch her sew throughout the class 
  • Includes a nice resource list for the items used in the class
  • Includes pattern cutting and preservation, sewing without pins, tips about interfacing, zipper insertion, waistbands, machine and bound button holes, seams, and hems
  • I love the bound buttonhole method.  I will use it from now on
  • The rest of the information was not new to me, but would be very useful to someone who is comfortable sewing but is not familiar with more advance techniques
  • Rated as intermediate by Craftsy, although the knowledge in this class would be useful to a beginner too

Fast Track Fitting with Joi Mahon - $29.99 on sale, regularly $44.99
  • Another class addressing modifying a flat pattern for fit using body measurements before making a muslin
  • Materials included: supply list, blank measurement worksheets
  • Includes fit pattern - Vogue 1004
  • Addresses vertical and horizontal adjustments for both upper and lower body
  • Also includes instructions for modifying sleeve fit
  • Labeled as a beginner class, although it doesn't really seem any different than the intermediate classes, with the exception of being less thorough
  • This class is really focused on using measurement to modify a pattern, but doesn't address fitting issues.  For example, if you make changes, but something is still off, there is not any information to help you figure out what changes need to be made next.  I don't think the beginner that this class is for would have the knowledge to get a perfect fitting pattern after taking this class

Sew Smarter: 30 Professional Techniques with Katrina Walker - $59.99
  • Materials included: supply and resource list, basic capelet pattern with instructions, 28 page fabric guide and swatch notebook
  • Love, love, love the interfaced facing technique in lesson 5! 
  • Some of the techniques seem somewhat cumbersome, especially for a beginner who is not comfortable handling various fabrics, but are great for someone who is comfortable with basic sewing and looking to improve skills and finishes.  On the flip side, the techniques are not exactly ground breaking, so this class might not be a good fit for someone who has been sewing for a while and has been exposed to more advanced sewing in the past.  I would consider it to be an intermediate class, which agrees with Craftsy's rating
  • Covers zippers, various seams, darts, gathers, sewing corners and curves, facings, ironing/pressing, choosing fabrics/patterns, topstitching, and hemming
  • Not a fan of the fact that she sews from both sides of the fabric when topstitching.  I know not every machine is like mine, but my top thread and bobbin thread look different when sewn, so I always topstitch from the right side
  • I had to watch at 1.5x speed because she talks quite slowly, but that's just personal preference

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