One of my goals for this year is to do more sewing, and Craftsy is making that goal happen. The craft website offers online classes on a variety of topics from sewing to knitting to cake decorating and more. While there is a charge for many of their classes, the prices are reasonable and you get lifetime access to them. They, also, frequently put their classes on sale.
A couple of years ago I purchased the Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress with Gretchen Hirsch, but not having the time to sew, I quickly forgot about the class until this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen some pictures of my work in progress, and I’m happy to report my bustier top is finished!
For the sewers out there, the top is cotton with a muslin underlining and lining. The trickiest part for me was sewing the cups. The oddly shaped triangles that form the bottom of the bust took a lot of finagling to get right, and even then, they aren’t perfect. However, for my first attempt at a bustier, I think it turned out rather well.
The class was easy to follow and included step-by-step videos of the entire process. I decided to make a top instead of a dress because I figured I would get more wear out of a top, but I do plan to watch the class again and make a dress. I really liked the couture details the class covered such as seam finishing and hand stitching and hope to use these skills in other projects.
Sadly, the Sew Retro class is no longer on Craftsy, but they have another retro class, Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress with Laura Nash, that looks darling. While Gretchen Hirsch no longer offers classes on Craftsy, she does have an awesome website as well as books and her own line of patterns through Butterick.
What I’m Wearing: KUT from the Kloth Moto Jacket (similar), Peplum Bustier Top (similar), Gap Jeans (similar), Kate Spade New York Small Harmony Tote c/o Shopbop (similar), Minnetonka Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe Boot c/o Shopbop, Chloe + Isabel Crystal Pavé Hoop Earrings.
Have you tried Craftsy? Do you sew?
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