About the Video Course
In this course, there are over 130 video tutorials available online (or as a DVD) set up as a 6 week course. Videos include instruction, tips, shortcuts, and techniques. Each video is designed so the step-by-step method can clearly be seen. They are very through, even for those of us with little experience sewing.
The videos are broken down into bite sized chunks and include: an introduction, sewing room set-up, tools, fabric, elastic, patterns, trouble shooting, stitches, hems, sergers, casing, tubes, strips, elastic, gathering, trimmings, thread, sewing straight, seams, puff sleeves, frills, ribbing, collar, buttons, bows, lace, ribbon, felt shapes, sequins, fastenings, button holes, and cool tips.
The instructional videos come with free patterns (18 inch, American Girl Doll sized), instructions, and videos to take you step by step through making the particular piece. The patterns can be downloaded and printed (We recommend printing the actual size and changing the shrink to fit option for your printer!).
The patterns are:
*You have the option of requesting patterns for Cabbage Patch Dolls instead by purchasing and sending Rosie an e-mail.
Additional Materials Required
- sewing machine
- sewing machine needles
- notions and trimmings: elastic, velcro, buttons, ribbons, lace, and sequins
- tools: tape measure, point turner, rotary blade, scissors, cutting mat, iron and ironing board
- paper for printing the pattern pieces and instructions
We watched the videos over lunch. Each video is short, generally around 5-12 minutes (some shorter). Since I'm not an experienced sewer, I watched every video with the kids. We stretched one week worth of videos out over several weeks so that we could absorb the information.
Parents that have sewing experience would not have to watch the videos with their child, but there are some great tips that may be useful even to those experienced in sewing.
Although my sweets are a bit younger, 12-13 year olds with some experience could watch the videos and complete the projects with little assistance.
The girls decided that their dolls would like to watch the videos with us.
How it Went
Since we are all new to sewing, we worked on the sport short pattern for the review together. We broke the sewing down over two days so that we wouldn't be overwhelmed. Now that we have made a couple, I think I could manage making a pair in just an hour or two.
Ceesa was pretty independent. I would help her with the most difficult parts (like turning under an 1/8 inch hem). Jo-Jo needed more help, she's working on making straight stitches. We had a lot of starts and stops.
What We Liked
First, and mostly irrelevant, the girls love Rosie's accent. :)
The flexibility of replaying any part of the video is very convenient. Any time you need a reminder, you can just watch it again anytime from home.
I learned so much! I didn't even realize my sewing machine has a needle threader attachment. Oh the pain, I've gone through trying to thread my needle.
As we were finishing our sport shorts, the girls thought it would be so easy to change the pattern a bit to make skirts. I love when they can be creative with something new that we are learning. We may even make skirts before we go on to the next pattern.
I feel like I could even work on projects for the kids now that I understand more about how to put clothes together...maybe some summer shorts or church skirts.
Wishing you homeschool blessings,
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