Getting Craftsy

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!

Sharing my thoughts on the Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class from Craftsy and showing off the bustier top I made.

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.

Sharing my thoughts on the Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class from Craftsy and showing off the bustier top I made.

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.

Sharing my thoughts on the Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class from Craftsy and showing off the bustier top I made.

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.

Sharing my thoughts on the Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class from Craftsy and showing off the bustier top I made.

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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27 comments

  1. What an absolutely lovely outfit. Always and forever, I will adore the look of dark denim tucked into tall boots. I don’t wear modern styles often, but when I do, that pairing is a go-to for me.

    Wishing you a beautiful new week, lovely lady,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Oh my gosh! Love how this turned out, Ashley! You rocked this:) And have you seen her new book? She still has some over classes over at Creative Bug which I’ve seen.
    Anyhoo, I’m obsessed with Craftsy:D All the classes I’ve bought there have been great so far.
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  3. I have never heard of Craftsy! I have a pretty nice sewing machine, but I usually use it for craft projects… not for sewing clothes. I did sew my daughter a candy corn Barbie dress once, tho! Not sure if that counts. Wow, this top looks a little challenging, too… you did great and it looks GREAT on you!

    Carrie
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  4. Good for you dear, sewing is such a great skill to have, with endless options in life if your keen to do your best, I started a course and even bought a sewing machine like four years ago…but my blogging took over…maybe seeing your work encourages me to get back to it…can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Ashley!! Like.. I’m dumbfounded. I would buy this!
    I love Craftsy too, but it’s never shown me how to do THAT. I need to go learn.