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Make Your Own Clothing: Introduction to Garment Construction

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

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15 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


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. 

93 of 93 students recommendSee All

Ryan Renolds is that you? ;) Just kidding... Great class, very thorough and Joshua explains and shows the concepts in a way that doesnt get boring. Good job :)
Excellent class. Joshua explains everything so well and since I am a visual learning, this class has helped me understand what the instructions mean in patterns that I read and has given me the confidence to do my own thing and be more creative. Thank you!!
Joshua is great at explaining exactly what he was doing within each step. It didn't feel overwhelming at all, was easy to follow, and very informative. I finished this course very inspired and excited to use the techniques that I learned.





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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