Transform the dreaded construction process into something you actually look forward to!

Construction 101:

Gail Doane’s Ultimate Searchable Index of Garment Construction Techniques

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Experience the satisfaction of crafting garments that match your creative vision

Common construction struggles like wrinkled bias bindings, uneven gathers or collars, and sagging pockets, leave many sewists feeling disheartened and disappointed. Enough, is enough. It’s time to unlock access to vanishing construction techniques that were once mastered by the average home sewist. With Construction 101 at your disposal, your sewing will not only meet your expectations, but exceed them.

Construction 101 Combines 5 Notebook Classes Gail Has Taught at In-Person Events:

  • Nearly 20 Hours of Video Instruction
  • Fine Finishes ($150 Value)
  • Beautiful Bias ($150 Value)
  • Perfect Peter Pan Collars ($150 Value)
  • Just Pockets ($150 Value)
  • Sleeve Savvy ($150 Value) 
  • Bonus: Buttonhole Basics ($50 Value)
  • Bonus: 150+ Page Ebook ($50 Value)
  • Bonus: Sleeve Drafting Mini Course ($50 Value)
  • TOTAL VALUE: $900

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Mini Course: How to Draft 5 Variations on a Basic Sleeve ($50 Value)

After teaching heirloom sewing for 20 years I've found that most students are terrified do do ANYTHING different than what the pattern says. This 80 minutes mini-course will empower you to take control of a project and truly make it yours. With a few basic skills, you'll be coloring outside the lines in no time.

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Construction 101 Includes a 150+ Page Ebook Featuring Deatiled Photos and Step-by-Step Instructions

Construction 101 ebook

Every detail, documented in words & photos

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With Gail Guiding You Every Step of the Way, 
YOU Can Perfect Your Garment Construction! 

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

The Ultimate Searchable Index of Garment Construction Techniques

No Details Left Out, This Course Covers it All!

Construction 101 Curriculum

Chapter 1 - Basic Construction Techniques

  • Seam Finishes
  • French Seam
  • Graded French Seam
  • Machine Roll and Whip
  • Hong Kong Finish
  • Seams Great
  • Hem Finishes
  • Double Tuck Machine Hem
  • Banded Hem with Swiss Beading
  • Double Fold Invisible Hand Stitch
  • Side Seam Preparation for Front Facing Hem
  • Miscellaneous Construction Details
  • Gathers
  • Continuous plackets
  • Slot Zipper

Chapter 2 - Beautiful Bias

  • Cutting Bias
  • Piping
  • Double Piping
  • Starting and Stopping Piping at a Seam line
  • Pre-Finishing the End of Piping
  • Piping around a 90°Angle
  • Piping Around Rolling Curves
  • Piping a Shaped Yoke
  • Preparing and Applying a ¼” French Bias Binding With or Without Piping
  • Starting and Stopping Piping and a ¼” French Bias Binding at a Seam Line
  • Applying Piping and a ¼” French Bias Binding ‘In the Round’
  • Applying Piping and a ¼” French Bias Binding with Pre-Finished Ends

Chapter 3 - Perfect Peter Pan Collars

  • Drafting a Peter Pan Collar
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Double Piping
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Whipstitch Piping
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping and a Madeira Overlay
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping and a ¾” Bias Cut Ruffle
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Entredeux Edge
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Entredeux and Gathered French Lace Edging
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping and Shaped ¼” Swiss Edging
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping and Tatting
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping and Beads
  • Block Method Peter Pan Collar with Piping, ¼” Turned Bias and Bridging

Chapter 4 - Just Pockets

  • Simple, Curved Edge with Rick-Rack Trim
  • Curved Edge with Pre-Finished Piping
  • Patch Pocket with Pleated Ruffle Trim and ¼” French Bias Bound Edge
  • Curved, ¼” French Bias Bound Edge with Entredeux Edge Flap
  • Rounded Edge, Center Dimensional Pleat with Piped and Bias Bound Top Edge
  • Invisible Offset Side Seam Pocket
  • Bias Lined Self Faced Patch Pocket
  • Single Welt Pocket
  • Double Welt Pocket

Chapter 5 - Sleeve Savvy

  • Fitted Cap with Piping
  • Front Facing Cuff with Piping
  • Full Puff with ¼” French Bias Binding ‘In the Round’
  • Shoulder Line Box Pleat with Lower Entredeux Edge
  • Inverted Box Pleat with ¼” French Binding and Bias Cut Fabric Bow
  • Tulip Sleeve
  • ¼” Turned Bias and Bridging Trim
  • Long Sleeve with Placket and Tailored Cuff
  • Angel Sleeve
  • Pinning Sleeves Into the Armscye

Chapter 6 - Buttonhole Basics

  • Corded Bound Buttonhole
  • Triangle Bound Buttonhole
  • Tweaking Machine Buttonholes
  • Corded Machine Buttonholes
  • Shanked Buttons
  • Covered Buttons
  • Thread Chain Belt Carriers 

Chapter 7 - New (maybe?) to You Notions and Machine Stitches

  • Quick Pleaters
  • Bias Press Bars
  • Quick Points Ruler
  • Entredeux Stitch Design Ideas
  • Pinstitch

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 $750
  • Total Cost $1450

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 $249
  • Total Cost $249

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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 Hundreds 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:
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  • 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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