…addicted to Craftsy classes.
You likely already know that I’m currently following along with Gertie’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dresses class (which I’m pretty sure used to be called Sew Retro The Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress – hmmmm…) on Craftsy.
What you may or may not have noticed was the little image for Susan Khalje’s The Couture Dress class pop up over on the right hand side of this blog under “Participation” a few weeks back.
Two classes, one of which I’m half way through, does not suggest too much of an addiction problem… But, then this week two more sewing classes were announced on Craftsy that really got under my skin: Gertie’s Sew Retro The Starlet Suit Jacket class and Kenneth King’s Jean-ius! Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit class.
Gertie’s Starlet Suit Jacket class takes you through hand tailoring a suit jacket (and fusible techniques, which I imagine will reinforce what I learned in Sherry’s Ready-to-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along), and I’m eager to get more practice with techniques such as pad stitching, bound buttonholes, and welt pockets.
Kenneth King’s Jean-ius! class goes over how to go from your favorite pants to pattern to new pair of pants. I love Ali’s purple cords, which she copied from her favorite pair of jeans; I’ve just finished my first pair of jeans (more on those in another post!); and most of my favorite jeans are covered in holes thanks to all of the bike commuting I do. This class seemed like a great next step for me. Plus, I figure it’ll teach me how to copy most anything I want, which is empowering.
Since I’m already pressed for time going one video a week with the bombshell dress class and fitting in a Couture Dress video here and there when I can, it was hard to justify adding two more courses to my list. But, then, when I signed in to Craftsy today, what did I see scrolling across the bottom of my home page? Each Craftsy class, even these new ones, was being offered for $25.
Go look now if you’ve been considering a Craftsy class but don’t want to pay the current $40 a class rate. Even at $25 each the classes still add up (I’ve promised myself no new projects for awhile so that I can stay within budget), but I’ve enjoyed them so much that I think they’re definitely worth it. Even though I haven’t finished the actual bombshell dress, I’ve already used many of the techniques taught in the Bombshell Dress class. I’m two-thirds of the way through watching The Couture Dress, and I think my recent projects have benefited from her meticulous techniques as well. And, though I haven’t watched any of the videos yet, I plan to use some of the Starlet Jacket’s hand tailoring techniques in a cape for my mom (another upcoming post!). I think these classes are truly helping me learn how to sew well – which is what I want after all, right?
Now to go make a copy of my husband’s favorite pants so that he’ll get something out of these classes, too!
UPDATE: I just add two more classes to my Craftsy line up. But, both were free so no fear over blowing the budget. First is the 2012 Block of the Month class. I think it’ll be fun to learn a bit about quilting while also finding a use for some of my scraps. Second is the Dipped, Dusted & Rolled: Handmade Chocolates class. Who doesn’t love a good excuse to keep chocolate in the house?