Gail Doane's Back Button Bishop

A unique take on a timeless classic



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Everything you need to successfully sew a bishop dress

Come experience the methodical, personal, creative instruction for which Gail is renowned, all from the comfort of your own sewing space, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. With up-close video streams from multiple cameras, detailed printable instructions, and digital pattern downloads, you will be fully equipped for success. Vanquish the scourge of UFO’s (unfinished outfits) and reunite with the precious feeling of sewing a project to completion. With Gail as your guide, success is your destination.

Here's what's included with this class:

  • Nearly 4 hours of detailed video instruction from Gail
  • 14 pages of step-by-step instructions for sewing Gail's original Back-Button Bishop
  • 6 sizes of Back Button Bishop Digital Patterns (Sizes 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years)
  • Supply list of materials needed for the project

Detailed Instructions and Digital Patterns Included With the Video Class

Step-by-Step Written Instructions

Every detail, documented in words & photos

Digital Pattern Downloads 

Any size pattern, any time you want it

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With Gail Guiding You Every Step of the Way, 
YOU Can Sew this Dress! 

Gail's Modern Four-Camera Sewing Studio Gives You a Front Row Seat to Every Stitch

Eye-Level Speaker Shot

Gail speaks directly to the camera.

Overhead Long Shot

Watch Gail's hands work on the sewing table

Super-Close Detail Shot

See the fine nuances that make exquisite finishing details.

Machine-Mounted Shot

See Gail sew on her machine  with no obstruction

BONUS - Gail Doane's Bishop Slip

Purchase today and get additional patterns & Instructions ($20 Value)

As a bonus, with this purchase, we're including written instructions and 6 pattern sizes for Gail Doane's Bishop Slip. This uniquely shaped slip pattern is drafted to add fullness exactly where it's needed to enhance the traditional bell shape of a bishop dress. 

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Nine Comprehensive and Conveniently Edited Lessons That Will Take From Start To Finished Dress

No Details Left Out, This Course Covers it All!


Course Overview: 

Lesson 1: Partial Construction:

  • Learn a role and whip method for getting your sleeve seams down to 1/16"

Lesson 2: Rolling the Bishop Onto a Dowel

  • See a demo of a full-sized bishop being rolled onto a dowel in preparation for pleating

Lesson 3: Pleating the Bishop

  • Master a technique for 'popping' the seams to the wrong side when pleating a bishop

Lesson 4: Blocking the Bishop

  • Understand this critical step to prevent the dreaded 'turtleneck effect'

Lesson 5: Smocking the Bishop

  • Watch a close-up demo of the cable and trellis stitches necessary to smock this design

Lesson 6: Piping and Binding the Neckline

  • Perfect a couture method for a non-bulky piping and binding application at the neckline

Lesson 7: French Seams, Sleeve Piping, and Binding 'In the Round'

  • Perfecting these steps will guarantee a project finished as beautifully on the inside as on the outside

Lesson 8: Bound Hem Finishes and Buttonholes

  • Learn a mock Hong Kong couture hem finish to enhance the fine details of your bishop dress

Lesson 9: Extra Finishing Ideas

  • Bonus ideas for embellishing futures bishop dresses

Meet Your Instructor: Gail Doane

In the words of Classic Sewing Magazine: "Gail Doane is an internationally recognized expert in sewing technique and design, as well as a featured designer in Classic Sewing magazine. It’s the tiny details of sewing that are her recognizable signature style."

In her own words: Gail is "an heirloom sewing addict who is detail-oriented, but prepared to break the rules."

Gail brings to the classroom over 40 years of experience, having dressed seven children, and now an ever-expanding number of grandchildren, in beautiful heirloom clothing. Her work first appeared in Australian Smocking & Embroidery in 2000 and Inspirations in 2008.

Gail's Sewing Has Been Featured In Top-Tier Publications Across the Globe

Sewing class reinvented for the online age


The Highest-Quality Instruction

  • Watch Gail's masterfully experienced hands as they reveal every subtlety and nuance needed for each technique
  • Enjoy multiple camera angles including super-close up shots of Gail's sewing table and machine

The Most Convenient Experience

  • Leave the time, headache, and expense of travel behind and work from the comfort of your own sewing room
  • Retain access to this course for life, and reference back to it as often as you need so you can finish more projects
  • Stream Gail's sewing instruction onto the device of your preference making it easy to sew wherever you want

Sewing Class The Old Way

Travel to attend an in-person class held at a conference

What You Experience:
  • 20+ students crowded around a single sewing machine or table without a clear view
  • Stress between trying to record audio/video of the class or furiously taking notes so you can retain what your learn
  • Pack your sewing machine and lug it through airports and hotels to use it in class
  • Instructor barraged by Chatty Pattys asking personal sewing questions and using up precious class time
What you pay:
  • Flights $300
  • Hotel $200
  • Rental Car $150
  • Food $50
  • Registration $100
  • Total Cost $800

Sewing Class The New Way

Attend class from the convenience of your own sewing room

What You Experience:
  • High-quality, close-up camera shots from multiple angles with no obstruction
  • Convenient, recorded, videos you can review as many times as you need to get your sewing right
  • The familiarity of your own sewing room and the convenience of all of your at-home supplies
  • A constant flow of valuable information without interruptions or distractions 
What you pay:
  • Flights $0
  • Hotel $0
  • Rental Car $0
  • Food $0
  • Registration $109
  • Total Cost $129

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Previous Students are Raving About Gail's Online Classes...

“Worth every penny"

"Gail is Perfection Personified"

"I'll be signing up for the next [one]"

“This was having a front row seat!"

"Outstanding, so informative!"

"Money very well spent"

We Surveyed Over 100 of Gail's Past Sewing Students

Here's how they rated their online sewing experience:
  • Average rating for skill improvement: 
    4.77 out of 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Average rating for online format:
    4.93 out of 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Average rating for overall experience:
    4.99 out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Willingness to recommend to a friend:
    4.96 out of 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Important Questions and Answers About This Online Course

The Heirloom Sewing Horror Story...

A search and rescue mission for confidence

One of the relentless challenges of heirloom sewing is feeling confident in enough different skills to complete a beautiful garment. Without confidence in each specific skill, you second-guess yourself over and over, barely moving forward, until you wake up one day and you’re sitting in your sewing room, staring at a closet of half-finished outfits racking your brain to remember what the satisfaction of completing a project feels like.

That doesn't have to be you!

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