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As I was prepping the costume muslins the other day, I realized how grateful I was to have taken a couple particular Craftsy classes over the past few years.
One class that really helped me learn how to achieve great bodice fit was Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress with Gretchen Hirsch. Unfortunately, it looks like this particular class is no longer available for new sign ups, although I am still able to access it in my course library since classes never expire once you are enrolled. Another class that teaches great fit is The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje. I have learned so much watching the lessons in these classes, even though the styles of dresses they use to demonstrate the skills are not my particular cup of tea. Learning about best practices, making muslins, testing fit, making changes and transferring them to the paper pattern… all before you even cut into your expensive fabric… has been worth every single penny of a full priced class (though there are often sales where most classes are $20 or less… I’ll try to clue you in when great sales come up!). I have been a happy paying customer since they started up, and the knowledge that I have gained through classes on Craftsy has really improved the quality of my sewing techniques and given me confidence. And it’s made my life better not just in sewing, but many other areas of interest as well… cooking, photography, gardening, and more.
Fun fact: Before Susan Khalje became synonymous with expert sewing and couture fashion, she was a classical pianist living in London. Listen to her ThreadCult interview here.
I recently purchased a few bra-making classes by Beverly Johnson (during a great sale, of course), but I haven’t had time to watch them all or try out the new skills quite yet. I watched a few episodes while being miserably sick in bed late this winter, and had no energy to actually sew, though I hope to finish up watching them this summer at the latest. I have some bra-making supplies already from making swimwear, and I’m really excited to try bras. The instructor has a great presence and she is really confidence boosting… they call her the Fairy BraMother for good reason 😉
Have you tried Craftsy? They offer free mini classes on many subjects to give you an idea of what the paid courses offer. It’s definitely worth a browse since they have creative topics to interest just about anyone! I find it really helpful to read each class’s reviews on the site to get a sense of where the instructors focus, or which class to choose when deciding between to equally appealing picks.