The League of Adventurous Dressmakers is a monthly subscription club for 2016 that focuses on in-depth technique lessons for better garment sewing. As more and more of us seek to sew our own clothes, we want to be sure that we make clothes that are beautiful and well-constructed. With the League of Adventurous Dressmakers by your side, you’ll do it in style! I’ve worked to build a warm, communal environment for this group, a place where we can explore key garment-making techniques to making your hand-sewn clothing the best it can be, and get inspired by other dressmakers while you do! Each of the little extras that accompanies the video lesson and technique guide every month is specifically engineered to do just that.
As a monthly club, a new technique is up for exploration each month in 2016. We’ll tackle it in detail, break it down and see how it works, then go over the practical means of making each technique look the very best it can. The end result: better sewing and better garments. League members are subscribers who pay a monthly fee to be part of our private “classroom” space, but are also really superheroes who are battling to make their sewing the very best it can be!
up-close video lessons on a new garment technique every month, all shot in high definition and ready to view full-screen on your computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device, or smartTV
an accompanying printable PDF technique guide that walks you through the skill–and variations on it–using text, full-color images, and tips & hints, all specifically designed to make your garment sewing SING–clocking in between six and twenty pages, each guide is really an e-book for you to save and reference!
a quick-start “cheat sheet” for each technique, so if you don’t want to print the whole guide, you can have a handy reference available near you as you sew
bonus monthly PDF pattern that allows you to practice the new technique in a limited fashion–some of these patterns are simple garments, and others are smaller projects that apply each technique in a targeted manner to really let you explore and master the sewing
round-ups of various commercial sewing patterns that feature a particular technique, including independent designers and the “Big 4,” and patterns in both printed and PDF format
monthly live video chats so we can share comments and concepts in a real-time environment, and connect with other League members
a private Facebook group so you can tag your own projects, ask questions, get to know your other League members, and share ideas!
monthly automated email when each new technique is posted, along with direct links to the content on our password-protected “classroom” site
monthly inspirational email with ideas, concepts, and interviews to inspires you and expand our study of each technique
a group Pinterest board for even more delicious resources and internet rabbit holes that will enhance your sewing
coloring pages, connect-the-dots, and extras to download and print!
The first six techniques have already been selected, but club members will vote in the first month to choose the other six techniques–so the year’s experience is really customized to the folks who join. We’ll be covering pointed collar construction, tucks & pleats, blending sizes on a garment pattern, and cuffs & sleeve plackets, just to name a few. Each technique video will cover basics of good sewing, plus variations and common concerns.
All lessons are suitable for anyone from ambitious beginner to advanced seamstress! Even if you have only basic skills, if you’re excited about sewing clothing and want to learn the best techniques to make it as beautifully as you can, then you’re in the right place. My goal for the League is to combine excellent instruction, top-quality resources and a warm, supportive environment to make 2016 your best garment-sewing year ever.