Brett Bara

Sew Ready: Garment Basics

Brett Bara
  • In-depth Instruction; over 231 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Brett Bara introduces herself, explains the project pattern and choosing a size, and discusses the tools you'll need.
Brett demystifies the pattern instruction sheet, shows you how to read the markings on a tissue pattern and explains how to find the right lines for your size.
Brett helps translate the pattern instructions to get the most out of your fabric. You'll see how to transfer important marks and notches and learn two ways to cut efficiently.
Darts add shaping to the skirt, and zippers are easier to sew than you might think! Brett shows you how.
You'll put together the back and front pieces of your skirt, and see several ways to finish your seams for a smooth and professional look.
Choose between a smooth, faced waistband or a more traditional attached waistband.
You can hand-stitch for an invisible hem, or choose a machine-stitched straight stitch or blind stitch to finish your skirt edge.
It's easy to change the look of your skirt and make it unique by using print fabrics, changing the length, color-blocking it and adding a belt.
8 Lessons
3  hrs 51  mins

Join Brett Bara for every step of your garment-making journey, from unopened pattern to fabulous, finished skirt. Learn the ins and outs of using and customizing a pattern before you even cut out your fabric. Plus, you’ll be ready to sew darts and a centered zipper before you know it. Your garment will begin to take form as you sew your front and back pieces together, add the waistband of your choice and finish seams. Then you’ll add a hook-and-eye closure, hem your skirt, and voilà—— you’re ready to show off your signature style wearing your classic skirt.

Important Pattern Information

The sewing pattern on which this class is based — Butterick 5466 — is not included with your purchase and may be out of print — check with online retailers. This class is rich in essential sewing techniques, so if the pattern is out of print, we encourage you to look for an alternative pattern with similar style details. You might also be able to find the original pattern through a private reseller.

Brett Bara

Brett Bara found her crafty calling during childhood while accompanying her mom on trips to the fabric store. Today, as the author of Sewing in a Straight Line and the creator of Brooklyn Craft Camp, Brett is well-known throughout the sewing and crafting community as a professional designer, editor, and teacher. Brett is a returning Craftsy instructor, and has also taught her maker magic at a wide variety of venues from Mood Fabrics and Maker Faire to The American Folk Museum and The Martha Stewart Show.

Brett Bara

Bonus materials available after purchase