It’s hard out there for self-taught sewists. When I first started refashioning, there was a LOT of trial and error (mostly error). But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that bad! Unlike generations past, you and I have some awesome online resources to help us learn the techniques we need to learn in order to make our refashions truly amazeballs!
Craftsy is an awesome example of such a resource. In their classes, you can learn all sorts of sewing skills, from the fundamental basics to advanced skills (like garment design and pattern making).
But let’s start with the basic stuff, since that’s where a lot of you are coming from. One of the most useful and feared sewing techniques you can learn is how to put in a zipper. A lot of the stuff you’ll find at thrift stores has damaged zippers that need replacing, or you might want to put a new one in to get a more flattering fit.
Craftsy’s got you covered in this awesome FREE online class:
In this class, you’ll learn how to insert slot seam, invisible, and lapped zippers like a pro. The instructor, Sunni Standing runs A Fashionable Stitch, an online sewing blog and brick-and-mortar shop (formerly Yellow Bird Fabrics) in Salt Lake City.
This online Zipper class is broken down into five lessons, and each lesson is fairly short – All of them are under 20 minutes, except for the more complicated Zippers in Lined & Faced Garments lesson which is 35 minutes long. This is super-helpful for us with magpie-like attention spans (Oooooh! Something shiny!).
I enjoyed this class a lot. Sunni has a nice voice and she’s a terrific instructor. Now I can finally get my zippers right on the first try, and without them looking like something out of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein! Huzzah! 🙂
Craftsy classes also rock because you can pace yourself and take them whenever you want. And if you’re anywhere near as busy as I am, that’s a huge help.
So…go ahead! Give this free mini-class a try…and Zip it! Zip it good! 😉
This is a sponsored post; all opinions expressed are my own.