Sew Better, Sew Faster: Shirtmaking
Create a custom-tailored button-up quicker than ever before! And do it all without sacrificing any of the quality. Tune in with Craftsy favorite Janet Pray as you learn how to sew a shirt from start to finish without pins or basting even the pleats, plackets and pockets.
Janet Pray is the owner of Islander Sewing Systems, which offers patterns and instruction for industrial sewing techniques. She's also the founder and president of The American Sewing Expo, the largest independent sewing expo in the United States. Janet served as the executive director of the National Sewing Council for three years, and she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Speed up your sewing with popular instructor Janet Pray! Janet explains how to sew in express order, so you can finish a shirt in just three hours. Start by using stripes as handy guides for lining up patterns. Then, learn to interface and mark pattern pieces to get them ready to assemble.
Maximize your efficiency by sewing without pins or basting! Janet shares fabric-handling tips for accurate, safe construction and gets you in tune with your feed dogs.
Want sharp points? Make it happen with Janet's pressing tips! Then, move on to speedy topstitching preparation and find out how to get accurate curves at both ends of the collar stand. You'll also eliminate hand stitching (and increase your efficiency!) by using the burrito technique to attach the collar and collar stand.
Things are coming together! Janet guides you through finishing the sleeve placket and pleats, before sharing her method for setting a sleeve without pins or basting. When it's time for pressing, you'll see how the tailor's ham can help you achieve professional results.
Topstitching in tight spaces can be tricky, but Janet's there to help at every step! Learn how to tackle the topstitching at the sleeves as you finish them. Then, it's back to the burrito method for clean work at the cuffs.
Sew buttonholes faster and fuss-free! Janet lays out a pattern-free marking method that's much faster, and moves on to sewing buttons that button smoothly. (It's all in how loose you sew them.) To close things out, you'll dive into the different button placement on men's and women's shirts.