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Sew Better, Sew Faster: Shirtmaking

Create a custom-tailored button-up faster 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.
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Overview

Create a custom-tailored button-up faster 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.

About

Janet Pray

INSTITUTION

Craftsy
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 is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.

By This Expert

Express Order

01: Express Order

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.

22 min
Sewing Without Pins

02: Sewing Without Pins

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.

48 min
Professional Pressing

03: Professional Pressing

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.

37 min
Setting Sleeves

04: Setting Sleeves

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.

13 min
Tricky Topstitching

05: Tricky Topstitching

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.

23 min
Buttonholes & Buttons

06: Buttonholes & Buttons

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.

15 min