Everything you need to successfully sew this beautiful ensemble
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 everything included with this class:
- Over 4 hours of detailed video instruction [Jacket]
- Nearly 3 hours of detailed video instruction [Dress]
- 23 pages of step-by-step instructions for sewing Gail's Embroidered Piqué Jacket
- 24 pages of step-by-step instructions for sewing Gail's Floral Lawn Dress
- 15 page detailed embroidery guide
- 5 sizes of Embroidered Piqué Jacket Digital Patterns (Sizes 6 months, 1, 2, 3, 4)
- 5 sizes of Floral Lawn Dress Digital Patterns (Sizes 6 months,1, 2, 3, 4)
- Supply list of materials needed for the project
Detailed Instructions, Patterns, and Embroidery Guide 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
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.
See Gail sew on her machine with no obstruction
18 Comprehensive and Conveniently Edited Lessons That Will Take From Start To Finished Outift
No Details Left Out, This Course Covers it All!
Embroidered Piqué Jacket
Lesson 1: Fabric Options / Cutting Guide
- Let’s get started with a discussion of the various fabric options and a look at the cutting guide for the pique jacket.
Lesson 2: Marking the Embroidery
- How to mark the embroidery using a paper punch method combined with a plastic circle template.
Lesson 3: The Hand Embroidery Stitches
- A close up look at the required hand embroidery stitches: chain stitch, French knots, four and six petal cast-on flowers, and a cast-on flower bud with a bullion base.
Lesson 4: Pockets
- Let’s remove the embroidery markings, press the embroidered pieces, and move on with the machine construction of the pocket.
Lesson 5: Collar
- How to make the collar using a block construction method.
Lesson 6: Constructing the Body of the Jacket
- Your jacket will start to take shape with the completion of the back pleat, shoulder and side seams, and setting in the sleeves.
Lesson 7: Jacket Lining
- Moving forward with the preparation of the lining and pinning the lining into the jacket.
Lesson 8: Attaching the Collar
- A look at attaching your collar for a perfect match at the center front when the jacket is buttoned.
Lesson 9: French Bias Binding Techniques
- Perfect your skills with a pre-finished French bias binding around the perimeter, and ’in the round’ at the lower sleeve edges.
Lesson 10: Finishing Details
- The finish is in sight as you complete the back tab, covered buttons and machine buttonholes.
Floral Lawn Dress
Lesson 1: Embroidery Stitches
- A close up look at the two additional embroidery stitches, a spiral cast-on flower and the cast-on stitch butterfly, required for the dress front panel.
Lesson 2: Dress Front Construction
- Learn how to use bias press bars with the construction of the dress front.
Lesson 3: Dress Back Construction
- Perfect your piping skills with the construction of the dress back including a piped back belt.
Lesson 4: Constructing the Body of the Dress
- A dress will emerge with the completion of the shoulder seams, side seams, and the bodice lining.
Lesson 5: Sleeve Construction
- A step-by step demo of the unique ‘bow’ sleeve and a discussion of a simple alternative cap sleeve
Lesson 6: Setting in the Sleeves
- Learn how to set in a fitted sleeve with no puckers and work with ‘Seams Great’ for a clean inside finish.
Lesson 7: Bound Neckline Finish
- Binding the neckline with a pre-finished French bias binding.
Lesson 8: Finishing Details
- Complete your dress with a beautiful bound hand stitched hem, machine buttonholes, and thread chain belt carriers.
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 $150
- Total Cost $850
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 $129
- Total Cost $129
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 200+ 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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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!
Join us in waging war against UFOs (unfinished outfits) and register today!