The class is composed of modules on different topics -- from selecting fabrics and figuring out the best size to cut out to sewing in different types of waistbands and hems. I ended up watching all of the modules before starting my project and then referring back to the modules of interest as I sewed. I love that you can re-watch the modules as many times as you want -- I found myself watching the waistband segments a few times because it was so helpful to see Sandra demonstrate the techniques.
My fabric is a rayon broadcloth that has a nice drape and weight to it -- perfect for a long bias skirt. I originally wanted to overlay some black lace, but decided against it because I wasn't sure how the two fabrics would behave together when cut/sewn on bias. I'm glad I kept it simple!
Vogue 1333 is the pattern included with the class, and includes the skirt and top. The skirt also has an overlay piece (the drapey piece in the photo) that I omitted to keep my skirt streamlined and unfussy. I followed Sandra's suggestions for measuring the pattern pieces to determine the best size to cut -- and ended up cutting a size smaller than I would have otherwise. There's quite a bit of ease in the pattern and with the bias stretch, the smaller size ended up working well for me. I also shortened the pattern about 3 inches by cutting it off at the hem. If you want to keep the volume at the hem, it would be best to shorten the skirt somewhere within the pattern.
Sandra offers different waistband options, but I ended up trying the easiest technique -- an elastic waistband that is stitched and folded, with no casing required. Sandra's instructions and demonstration were really good, but my attempt wasn't great. I struggled with stretching the elastic while keeping the fabric flat and even. As you can see in the photo, the fabric won the battle and started to get puffy rather than remaining flat! I need to practice the technique to get it to look better, but for this skirt, I'll just have to make sure to wear a top that covers it.
Overall, I really enjoyed taking Sandra's class and ended up learning some great techniques. It was helpful for me because I don't have a lot of experience sewing on the bias and this was a good introduction to the topic. Sandra is a wonderful instructor and I really enjoyed watching her demonstrations -- mistakes and all!
I've already signed up for my next Craftsy class -- making croissants! Check out Craftsy this weekend -- they are having a great sale on their classes.
Recently, there was a pretty large wildfire in our area -- not close enough to threaten our home, but we were able to see the flames and billowing smoke from our home. Thankfully, no homes or lives were lost. Here's a photo from our bedroom window. It was a scary sight.