Like any garment that is created, the first step is to follow a set of measurements. This is done with a sewing tape measure and as tape measures are bendy they can easily measure any contour of the body or another garment. This first step is imperative in getting the correct size that you want your garment to be.
The second step is to take a note of all the body measurements needed for the garment that you are going to create. There is a downloadable measurement sheet on our website for members only that you can print out and use. The measurement sheet becomes a great point of reference for yourself.
You may still be a little confused but let me explain. My first day of college was very exciting to me, the world was my oyster and all things to learn related to sewing and tailoring was finally go to change my life, well I didn't realise how difficult a road this was going to be for me .
You see what they don’t tell you is that learning to sew in a classroom is a very long and difficult process. Let me walk you through a typical sewing lesson so you can see what i mean:
1. The sewing teacher calls the class up to the front and demonstrates a sewing technique.
2. The class return to there seat and practice the sewing technique.
3. The sewing teacher wanders around, making the odd correction but because of the time constraints and sewing class size, they cannot attend to everyone’s needs.
4. The sewing class finishes and you have a rough idea of the sewing technique, but you don’t really get it. What you would need is to practice the technique that was just taught to you but what happens if you forget, what do you do next, well you would need to wait till you attend that class again in the hope that you grasp the technique this time.
So its incredibly difficult to really master the sewing basics and without the basics you can’t hope to make good quality items.
This didn’t stop me from trying though, i practiced sewing on my own but the results weren't pretty…. Gradually, though, things changed.
Each day of sewing i got better and better. My sewing techniques improved, my sewing skill was refined, and the quality of the clothes i made went from home-made to professional.
I finished the sewing college after 6 years of study and graduated successfully and then set up the first of my tailoring shops.
Something more remarkable happened. Shortly after i had a life changing revelation…. Sewing lessons online.
Why should learning to sew be so difficult? This is a question that plagued me all the way through college and my career as tailor or giving sewing lessons or sewing tuition. Customers would ask me what the best way to learn how to sew was, and in all good conscience i couldn’t recommend any sewing classes, tailoring classes or good sewing DVD’s because i wanted them to have great results quickly and not spend years trying to master the basics of sewing techniques. This got me thinking – how i could help them how to sew and then i “got it” One evening i was watching Gordon Ramsay (celebrity UK chef and restaurant owner) teaching people how to cook on television. He was at home, in his kitchen, going through all the techniques you need to make his own dishes….. And that’s when it struck me……Teach how to sew in a visual way.
If i could just put down the essential skills required to master the fundamentals of sewing and tailoring techniques in a simple to follow format. I could help all my customers achieve there desired goals. No more sitting around sewing classes, struggling to remember the technique that’s just been shown. My sewing videos, you can pause, rewind and watch as much as you wanted……. But how to do it?
There was one clear goal in mind – the sewing lessons had to be easy to follow, informative and teach you the techniques of how we create garments in the sewing or tailoring industry. The Sewing Guru, 9 years in the making! I set to creating The Sewing Guru a sewing tuition and tailoring site teaching you how to create garments from scratch in a step be step sewing video format. I also created a complete sewing course for the beginner and advanced sewing lessons to teach you the basics in sewing and tailoring and to give you the confidence in the world of sewing.
The Sewing Guru is like having a sewing teacher with you when ever you need them. Now 4 years on, I have created hundreds of sewing videos and completed 16 sewing video collections along with a beginners sewing course and a sewing machine course. The Sewing Guru will continue to grow with more sewing lessons and techniques to every eventuality in learn how to sew. Well this is my story and hope that you have enjoyed it. Below is an overview of the Sewing Guru site. The number one online sewing course and the easiest way to learn how to sew.
Let us introduce the easiest method in learning to sew available on the Internet. Welcome to the world of online sewing and tailoring, welcome to The Sewing Guru. The Sewing Guru is an online sewing course that is available to you when ever you need it. The concept is simple, Watch, Learn and Sew. Think of our sewing classes like having a sewing teacher by your side at all times whenever you are sat behind your sewing machine. Michael, your host at The Sewing Guru will teach you the methods and techniques in sewing in order for you to create fabulous garments for your self. Our online sewing lessons are the best way to learn to sew.
Once you have noted down your measurements as in step 2 you are ready to purchase a commercial pattern. We urge you to purchase a sewing pattern closest to the design and size of the garment that you are wanting to create. As you already have your measurements this is then an easy process as there is always a size chart on the back of the pattern sleeve. We believe that this is the easiest method to learn about pattern construction rather than starting a pattern from scratch. For example if you created a pattern from scratch and had to design every single piece and manipulate them so that they all fit together, this would take days, if not weeks of work to get the same result as you would if you first purchased a commercial pattern. Yet you would still be in the same position as you would before you created your toile to see if everything fits (including ease around all parts that need movement). This is why we came up with The Sewing Guru concept so that learning and understanding pattern construction and manipulation is much easier and more enjoyable to learn. At the end of the day you will always end up with the pattern that you want that is unique to your size. The pattern manipulation comes into play in the next step.
Now that you have your pattern you can start to create your garment mock-up or another name for it a toile or slopper. This becomes a first proof and is usually made from white calico or curtain lining. All adjustments are done with the toile including taking in, making your toile bigger (you would add a piece to the toile to make it bigger), shortening or lengthening etc. Your toile in affect now becomes your main pattern, not your paper pattern that you originally purchased. The paper pattern that you first started with is just a guide to get you started as it saves a lot of time and work rather than making a pattern from scratch and as we stated in step 3 this is a great way to familiarise yourself with pattern construction process.
In this final step you will now create your actual garment. The sewing collections within the members section of the site walk you through step by step of the garment creation. This is where “learning to sew online” comes into practice because that is exactly what you are doing, learning to sew your own custom garments online. It really is the easiest way to master this art as everything is visual with the help of the videos. We take you through every step with nothing left out from the very start (from step 1) to the end.
By reading this synopsis regarding learning to sew online, we hope that you now have a better understanding into the world of online learning. If you are still not convinced and prefer the physical sewing class then why not try both. You would then have the best of all worlds, learning at a sewing class and having the social side of it and the benefit of going over a sewing technique whenever you need it online. We know one thing, you would definitely benefit by having both at your disposal.
Interested in learn to sew system?
What your membership will include
The Complete Beginners Sewing Course
Beginners course with 21 exercises and 21 e-books includes reading a pattern
10 Advanced follow on Sewing lessons & 6 e-books including:
The Dart, The pleat, The facing & The hem
The Piped Pocket - parts 1 & 2
The Welt pocket - parts 1 & 2
The Front-Slant Pocket Parts 1 & 2
10 exercises to learn how to use the sewing machine
10 e-books to accompany all 10 videos
• Measuring - 2 videos with worksheets
• Pattern Construction - 13 videos
• The Gents Tailored Trousers - 10 videos
• The Gents Tailored Jacket - 15 videos
• The Gents Shirt - 8 videos
• The Dress - 8 videos
• The Skirt - 7 videos
Our Extended Sewing collections
• The Gents Jacket-Shawl Collar- 32 videos
• The Ladies Tailored Jacket - 28 videos
• Classic Denim Jeans - 20 videos
• Gents Waistcoat with Lapels 20 videos
• Mini Collection - The Classic Day Cravat - 1 video and pattern. Tying instructions included
• Mini Collection - The Cravat - 1 video including the pattern
• Mini Collection - The Cummerbund - 1 video
• Mini Collection- The Bow Tie - 1 video including the pattern
• Mini Collection - The Handkerchief 1 video including the pattern
• Mini Collection - The Classic Tie
The patterns that we have used for the different collections are all commercial patterns and can be purchased from one of the suppliers below. As they are online they should ship to your country.
A full member of the sewing guru, will have full online support via email. Any queries regarding the site structure and any sewing advice will be answered via our “contact us” form within 24 hours. These queries will be answered by our dedicated the sewing guru team.
Any computer tech relating to how the site works, mainly video playback and PDF downloads of patterns and e-books.
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Patterns and suppliers and pattern construction in general.
Sewing products such as sewing machines, threads and tools.
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