And so it is with this jacket class by Janet Pray "Sew Better Sew Faster-Garment Industry Secrets".
This class intrigued me with the focus on industry techniques and the claim that pins were not necessary. Having been a teacher, I am NOT an easy student and I have a few Craftsy classes which I cannot even watch as the presentation is so disjointed or the teacher so uncomfortable with the camera.
That is the complete opposite of Janet Pray's classes and her teaching style. Janet has a well thought out plan for presentation, all her work at the sewing machine matches what step she is teaching at the time, and she is able to sew, describe process and give reminders all at the same time. The lessons are straight forward, the construction steps are broken down into easily managed chunks, and the booklet follows the video almost perfectly. I was able to follow her instruction to get very nice welt pockets, professional looking topstitching and a linen jacket which will be a great addition to my riding wardrobe.
I enjoyed this class so much that I bought 2 other Janet Pray classes, and organized a sew along on PatternReview. If you are interested in sewing this jacket, the sew along is still active, with some people following their own schedule now. Jacket Express sew along I reviewed the pattern here-Islander Sewing Systems 218 -and included a number of photos to show detail. Both these links provide lots of helpful hints on making this cute denim jacket.
Here are some featured jackets from PR members who sewed along with the Craftsy class:
Jodi Lynn has a wonderful version with a straight band-you can click through to see it via the sew along thread-pg 30 Sorry Jodi Lynn but all the competing software defeated me :-(
I hope your spring sewing plans are full of creativity, fun and success!