Make Your Own Clothing: Introduction to Garment Construction

Joshua McKinley, Designer, Project Runway Season 9 & All-Stars 2

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16 Videos (1h 10m)
    • Trailer

    • Block Patterns - Part One

    • Block Patterns - Part Two

    • Block Patterns - Part Three

    • Fabric Cutting - Part One

    • Fabric Cutting - Part Two

    • Fabric Cutting - Part Three

    • Flat Felled Seam Part One

    • Flat Felled Seam Part Two

    • The French Seam

    • Tailored Edge Seam

    • Finishing the Armholes

    • Hong Kong Binding - Part One

    • Hong Kong Binding - Part Two

    • Finishing Up

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About This Class

To understand garment construction is to appreciate the difference in quality between "fast fashion" and a beautifully constructed garment that will last decades.

This class will teach you the core sewing techniques you'll need to create any garment while at the same time give you a designer's eye for quality that'll turn you into a smarter shopper. 


What You'll Learn

You'll leave this class with the core sewing skills you need to begin making any garment. We'll cover:

  • Block Patterns. Understanding what role a pattern plays in garment construction and where and how to find one. 
  • Fabric Cutting. How to lay a pattern onto your fabric to be able to cut it. 
  • Sewing & Stitches. Key techniques for sewing your fabric pieces together using 3 seam variations: basic stitching, french seams and Hong Kong bind seams. 
  • Finishing. Techniques for finishing your garment on the inside to achieve a professional look. 

What You'll Make

In this class I'll walk you through how to create your own vest - a simple garment ideal for garment construction first-timers. The construction is simple and sizing is a non-issue. I will share a downloadable pattern that you can use. 

107 of 107 students recommendSee All

I never knew what a french of flat felled seam was before this class. The vest is super approachable as a pattern (no fussy fitting required) and a great way to practice all these different seams.
I feel I've learned loads and that the 'mystery' of garment construction has been taken out. It's a great class. But.... the step of attatching the facing is missing. I lost my focus around that point as I thought it was my computer and had to check. Sadly it wasn't so it's learning that bit elsewhere. The class seemed a little rushed at the end to me. But, regardless, this is a super class and the process is explained so well and easy to grasp. Joshua, you should do more classes! Thank you v, v, much! :)
Cali West

Body, Art and Soul

Wow, great class! I learned a lot !





Joshua McKinley

Designer, Project Runway Season 9 & All-Stars 2

Talent, authenticity, and personality are words used to describe my rising fashion talent. Educated at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and Florence, Italy's Polimoda, its clear that I'm motivated to experiment with classic cuts in innovative high-tech fabrics and dabble in aspects of the fashion world other designers would have hesitation with. As a result, I'm infamously known for a "more is better" aesthetic.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to show my work ...

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