Stress-free Sewing? Yes, Please…

Knit garments such as V-neck and polo shirt tops, dresses, sleeveless tops, pants, leggings, and skirts - are the core garments of most wardrobes because they are comfortable, easy to wear, and look great! Once you have learned to sew a basic knit t-shirt, you can level up to sewing all these wardrobe staples. Your instructor, Barbara Emodi, is back in this second course in the Knits for Novices series to show you how to personalize your wardrobe with professional garment sewing methods. Barbara is a warm and friendly instructor and seasoned author with many published works. 

In this course, Barbara Emodi shares her favorite methods for constructing all of these core garments with shortcuts and pro tips that she has learned and developed over her 50-year sewing career. You will learn a myriad of options to customize your handmade clothing and become a more confident sewist in the process!

What you will learn

  • Take on a variety of collars including two easy ways to put a V neckline in any knit garment AND a quick and stress-free way to sew a polo type knit collar

  • Bind the edges of knit necklines and armholes perfectly in thin or thicker knit fabrics

  • Add an inset zipper opening to a top, no pattern required

  • Tricks for elastic waist treatments for knit pants, skirts, and leggings including how to make and add a yoga band to a skirt or pair of pants

  • Improve fit and comfort to your leggings with just an additional gusset piece

  • No Serger Required. Barbara shows you how to use any machine.

  • Includes unlimited access to the course materials, direct contact with your instructor through in-course discussion rooms, and access to our private community boards where you can meet other Creative Sparklers.


+Barbara’s latest book, Stress-Free Sewing Solutions, is included as a free eBook download in the course! (A $23.99 value)

+Join Barbara for fun, LIVE Zoom feedback sessions to get all your questions answered! These interactive question & answer classes are offered periodically for free with your enrollment and the dates are listed within the course.

Core Garments: Top Variations, Skirts and Pants (Knits for Novices Series, Part 2)

If you can sew a T-shirt, you can sew anything! Come create your own wardrobe. V-necks, polo shirts, sleeveless tops with bindings, skirts, pants, and leggings are easy peasy with Barbara Emodi's shortcut techniques and tricks.

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Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to the Course!

    1 Video 1 Text 1 Download

  • Chapter 1: Bindings for Necklines and Armholes

    4 Videos

  • Chapter 2: V Necklines

    2 Videos

  • Chapter 3: Golf Shirt Style Neckline: "Polo" Hidden Tab

    4 Videos

  • Chapter 4: Zippered Necklines

    1 Video

  • Chapter 5: Waistbands in Knit Skirts, Pants and Leggings

    9 Videos

  • Next steps

    1 Text