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Sew It Academy
Womenswear

COURSE #1 LEARN TO SEW

In this first course, we will cover recommended starter machines, we will be going through all the parts of the sewing machine and how to use it, how to set up your basic sewing kit, basic stitches, and terms and how to sew a straight line.

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COURSE #1.1 SUNGLASSES CASE W/ LINING

Let’s start your first sewing project. We will be making an easy fully lined sunglasses case using the skills learned in the first course.

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COURSE #1.2 RAILROAD TOTE BAG

Congrats on your sunglasses case, now let’s sew your second sewing project! Using your ability to sew in a straight line we will be making a lined tote bag, using and attaching belting and adding a pocket.

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COURSE #2 BEGINNER TECHNIQUES

Course two is full of must-know starter techniques like how to use your pressing tools and their importance, clipping vs’ notching, and learning to sew in a circle along with practice sheets.

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COURSE #2.1 EARBUD CASE

Using all the skills you learned in course two including sewing in a circle, you will be printing and sewing an earbud case. You will also apply your first zipper.

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COURSE #3 INTRO TO FABRICS AND GARMENT SEWING

In this course you will learn to identify fabrics, shop for fabrics online, build a swatch kit with printables. We will cover how to match needles to fabric, elastic types and uses.

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COURSE #3.1 DRAFTING YOUR FIRST GARMENT

In this course, you will be learning basic drafting using your body measurements and some basic rectangles and squares to create a top and matching skirt. You will create your pattern, cut your fabric, create a casing and insert elastic.

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COURSE #4 SEWING WITH KNITS

In this course you will learn the types of knit fabrics most commonly used, the best practices for sewing with knits, seam finishes and tips and tricks.

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COURSE #4.1 DRAFTING KNIT LEGGINGS

Learn to draft and sew your own leggings based on your body measurements for a great fit. Using the skills learned in course four you will be able to make as many leggings as your heart desires.

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COURSE #4 .2 DRAFTING A KNIT TSHIRT

Learn to draft and sew your own t-shirt and t-shirt dress based on your body measurements for a great fit. Using the skills learned in course four you will be able to make as many t-shirts as your heart desires.

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COURSE #5 DRAFTING A BASIC SKIRT SLOPER

In this course, you will expand on your skills and drafting a basic skirt sloper. We will cover the purpose and importance of a sloper and how to use them. You will also draft, make a sample, fit it and insert both a lapped and invisible zipper.

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COURSE #6 DRAFTING TWO FASHIONABLE SKIRTS USING YOUR SLOPER

Now that you have learned to make a sloper you can follow along while we teach you to draft and sew two fashionable skirts. You will draft a high waist pencil skirt and an A-line skirt using your sloper.

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COURSE #7 DRAFTING BASICS: THE BODICE

Using body measurements we will learn to draft our basic bodice sloper from which many designs will be created further along.

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COURSE #8 BASIC BODICE: MAKING A PEPLUM TOP AND DRESS

Using the bodice sloper we drafted in the previous course we will create a peplum top and dress.

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COURSE #9 SEWING A BASIC BRALETTE

Take a break from drafting and enjoy this fun class and sew-along of a basic knit bralette with tips on how to cut lace and work with stretchy and delicate fabrics.

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COURSE #10 DEMYSTIFYING SEWING PATTERNS

In this course, we take the confusion out of reading and understanding commercial patterns by covering all the symbols, descriptions, sizing, terms and grading.

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COURSE #11 REVIEWING AND UNDERSTANDING THE BUTTON UP PATTERN

This course is a precursor to working with our first button-up shirt pattern. This review of the pattern being used with expert Deborah Kreiling of Simplicity patterns will prepare you for for the following course.

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COURSE #11.1 SEWING THE CLASSIC BUTTON UP SHIRT

In the previous course we covered understanding the button up shirt pattern. In this course we will work with our first commercial pattern and sew up our button up shirt using classic construction methods.

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COURSE #12 INTRO TO PANTS FITTING

This course is a precursor to working with our first pants pattern. This review of the pattern being used with expert Deborah Kreiling of Simplicity patterns will prepare you for for the following course.

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COURSE #13 SEWING THE BASIC TROUSER OR SHORTS

In the previous course, we covered understanding the pants pattern and possible fit issues. In this course, we will work with our second commercial pattern and sew up our classic trousers or shorts.

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COURSE #14 SEWING A THREE PIECE WARDROBE

Using your understanding of patterns we will be making an easy three-piece wardrobe that you can mix and match. We will be creating casings and adding knit neckbands.

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COURSE #15 BASICS OF TAILORING PART ONE

In this course, we are going to delve into the basics of fast tailoring. We will cover the blazer build-outs, padding, hand stitching and much more.

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COURSE #15.1 BASICS OF TAILORING PART TWO

Now that we have created out build-outs, interfacings and structure we will sew our blazer.

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COURSE #16 THREE MUST HAVE ITEMS SEW-ALONG

Using your understanding of patterns we will be making an easy three-piece wardrobe that you can mix and match.

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COURSE #17 THE CLASSIC TRENCH W/ BIAS BINDING

In this course, we will be making a trench coat using a commercial pattern and learning to create drawstring casings, bias binding and adding a hong kong finish to your seams.

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COURSE #18 MAKING A COAT

Making your first coat can seem overwhelming but in this course, we take you through all the steps to creating a fully lined coat. We will be learning to work with wool.

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COURSE #19 WORKING WITH SPECIAL OCCASION FABRICS

In this course, we learn how to work with special occasion fabrics such as sequin, chiffon, burnouts, and lace.

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COURSE #19.1 THE EVENING DRESS

Using the knowledge learned in the previous course we will be making a lace evening dress suing a downloadable pattern.

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COURSE #20 INTRO TO DRAPING

This course is an intro to draping. We will drape our basic bodice versus drafting by measurements. It’s a fun and helpful skill to learn.

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COURSE #21 THE FITTING SHELL AND FIT FIXES

Learning to fit is an ever-evolving skill and in this course, we cover some the most common bodice fit issues and how to fix them.

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COURSE #22 THE SHEATH DRESS AND DESIGN OPTIONS

Using our basic bodice sloper or fitting shell we will be making a sheath dress with design options.

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COURSE #23 ONE BASIC SLOPER TWO NEW TOPS

Let’s expand our design library and create two tops using our basic bodice sloper.

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COURSE #24 COPYING YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF JEANS

Have a favorite pair of jeans? This course will teach you to copy your jeans to create a pattern that you can use over and again to make as many jeans as you want.

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COURSE #25 DENIM SEW-ALONG

Let’s sew up your jeans, learned the order of construction and tips for sewing with denim.

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COURSE #26 SEWING A SWIMSUIT

Let’s have some fun and sew up a swimsuit. Learn to use the proper stitching for working with spandex.

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COURSE #27 MOST COMMON PANTS FITTING ISSUES AND FIXES

Learning to fit is an ever-evolving skill and in this course we cover some the most common pants fit issues and how to fix them.

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COURSE #28 TRACING OFF YOUR BUTTON UP SHIRT

Have a favorite button-up shirt? This course will teach you to copy your shirt to create a pattern that you can use over and again to make as many shirts as you want.

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COURSE #29 DRAFTING & CONSTRUCTING TWO SHIRT DRESSES

Let’s sew up two shirt dresses using your new button shirt pattern.

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COURSE #30 DRAFTING A FLATTERING DRESS IN TWO LENGTHS

Let’s have some fun and draft an easy and flattering dress with many design options using just a few body measurements.

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COURSE #31 WORKING WITH FUR AND MAKING A VEST

In this course, we learn the techniques needed to work with fur and thence make a vest.

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COURSE #33 A GIFT FOR YOU

A thank you gift! Enjoy sixteen amazing PDF patterns as part of your membership. There are ten womenswear patterns and six menswear patterns.

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COURSE #34 DRAFTING A JACKET FROM YOUR SLOPER PART ONE

In this course, we learn how to take our basic sloper and create a year-round jacket. We will be creating design elements, linings, facings, pockets, and more. We will then construct the jacket and add piping details and covered snaps.

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COURSE #34.1 CONSTRUCTING JACKET FROM SLOPER PART TWO

In this course, we are construction the jacket pattern we created in course 34. We will be adding design elements, sewing our linings, facings, and pockets. We will then add piping details and covered snaps.

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COURSE #36 DRAFTING A DIRNDL SKIRT WITH FLOUNCE

Let's do some more pattern drafting. Using your measurements we are going to draft a slim skirt with flounce. This course will teach you to draft the skirt, construct it and even allows for some design change.

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COURSE #37 FIVE PIECE FALL WARDROBE BUILDING

Using one commercial pattern Brittany is helping create a five-piece wardrobe filled with step by step instruction, tips, and techniques plus advice on how to source fabric, plan your wardrobe, and how to get it done in as little as 30 min a day.

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COURSE #35 DRAFTING AND CONSTRUCTING WRAP DRESS

In this course, we will be modifying our bodice sloper to create a wrap dress with waistband, ties and gathered bodice and skirt with side seam pockets. This is the perfect anytime dress and very easy to construct.

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COURSE #38.1 DRAFTING OVERALLS PART ONE

In this course, we will be modifying Simplicity 8056 to draft overalls. This pattern was used in Course #12 & #13. Refer back to those courses for a refresher and also Course #27 for Common Pants Fitting Issues and fixes.

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COURSE #38.2 CONSTRUCTING OVERALLS PART TWO

PART TWO: In this course, we will be modifying Simplicity 8056 to draft overalls. This pattern was used in Course #12 & #13. Refer back to those courses for a refresher and also Course #27 for Common Pants Fitting Issues and fixes.

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BONUS #1 COCOON SWEATER TUTORIAL

Step By Step Video Tutorial on making this amazing Cocoon Sweater!LEVEL: Beginner/IntermediateSIZES: My tutorials are made to your measurements by drafting and creating the pattern (super easy) and always a perfect fit. No guessing involved!TOOLS ...

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BONUS #2 FALL DRESS WITH GATHERS

My favorite dress tutorial!! I make this dress all year round and wear them often. I love this dress because it is so easy to dress up or down and you can make it with short or long sleeves (as shown in the tutorial) The other really fantastic thi...

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BONUS #3 FRONT SLIT MAXI TUTORIAL

Project: The Front Slit Maxi DressDetails: Versatile and fabulous. It can be made from a woven or knit fabric and can be dressed up or down. This will be one you will make over and over again product Description: Step by Step VIDEO Tutorial. Great ..

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