Couture Sewing Academy

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What You Get When You Join The Couture Sewing Academy: The Couture Sewing Academy is an indepth video-based training program that gives you the tools, techniques, and tips you need to begin sewing with couture methods. As a student you receive access to all the videos immediately and you can learn at your own pace.   


About The Curriculum: Couture is a wild and wonderful world of amazing techniques, beautiful fabrics, and luxurious finished garments. Nothing can compare to holding a really beautifully constructed piece of clothing in your hands! Given the small scale of doll clothing, sewing doll couture specifically is an amazing canvas for these techniques, and provides a unique opportunity to workshop new methods and produce amazing art. 

Cost: The program cost is just $59.

Prerequisite: Students should have a good understanding of basic sewing and sewing machine use.

Money Back Guarantee: We know you’ll love the program, but if you’re unhappy with it for any reason, we are happy to provide a 100% money back refund – no questions asked. So there is absolutely no reason not to try the program.

Pixie Points: Be sure to enroll in our Pixie Perks program to receive Pixie Points on these purchases. Points earned for every dollar you spend can be redeemed for a a variety of offers on a future purchase. 

What Is Haute Couture?

Simply put, Haute Couture is exclusive, custom-fitted fashion constructed largely by hand. It's a dedication to quality, perfection, and excellence; couture also tackles unique design challenges with creative solutions, and focuses intently on details.

Couture garments are marked by gorgeous, luxurious fabrics; strong designs; creative use of basic construction techniques; extensive inner support; and a dedication to craftsmanship and precision throughout. Experienced and capable sewers (who are called mains -- the French word for "hand") spend hours constructing, pressing, basting, and fitting these garments. A true haute couture garment can take hundreds of hours to create, and cost in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. In this respect, couture is definitely an art form.

In France, the phrase haute couture (which just means "high sewing") is regulated by strict standards; for a garment or house to be called "haute couture" requires extensive certification and approval by the ChambreSyndicale de la Haute Couture. Currently there are only a handful of certified couture houses in Paris; in the past, there were about 200. In other parts of the world, the term “couture” is used more loosely to refer to high-fashion garments.

One step below couture is called "Luxury Ready-To-Wear" (prêt-à-porter in French). Ready-to-wear garments often feature extensive machine sewing, quicker construction methods, and a more generalized fit. They still often feature fabulous materials and outstanding designs, but the customized, hand-embellished and finished couture bit isn’t there. Ready to wear also usually looks more like our expectations of a "finished" garment, including linings, facings and, occasionally, serged seam allowances. By contrast, a couture garment can appear unfinished on the inside; while linings are used in couture garments, it’s also not uncommon to see hand-overcast seam allowances, stays, and other structural components. Every aspect of a couture garment has been engineered for the correct hang and shaping of the garment, rather than for hanger appeal or expediency.

Most garments in America that are marketed as "couture" are actually much more like ready-to-wear garments, rather than true haute couture. This blurring of the lines between couture and ready-to-wear is a marketing thing. For the purposes of this class, we’ll focus on the Parisian tradition of couture, and then examine its application to doll clothing, as well as mention pertinent ready-to-wear techniques.

What You'll Learn In This Program: This course will cover the following topics:

Introduction to Couture: In this section we'll learn about Couture and begin to understand Doll Couture vs. Haute Couture. We also cover Hand Stitching and Preparing and Marking Fabric.

Pressing Matters: In this section we cover Theory of Pressing, Pressing Tools, and Pressing Technique.

Controlling Bulk: In this section we'll cover the Theory related to fabric bulk, Preparing the Garment, Clipping, Grading, and Pounding.

Engineering a Couture Garment: In this section we'll cover choosing your Fashion Fabric, methods for Perfecting the Fit, how to use Backing Fabrics, Interfacing, Stays, Weights and Boning.

Edge Finishes: In this section we cover Hems, Facings, Bindings, Seam Finishes, and methods for choosing an Edge Finish.

Closures: In this section we cover Zippers, Plackets, Snaps and Hooks as well as Buttons and Buttonholes.

Embellishments: In this section we cover Applying Sequins, Beads, Embroidery, and Passementerie. We also cover Fabric as Embellishment and using Lace.

Specialty Techniques: In this section we cover Welt Pockets, Windowpanes, and Sewing Curved Seams with Success.

Your Couture Journey: In this section we cover gathering inspiration, Adding Couture Techniques to an existing pattern, and Fabric Selection


Q: Would this be appropriate for homeschool curriculum?

A: Yes, as long as the student has a sewing machine. 

Q: Do you need to purchase additional patterns to get started with?

A: No everything is provided to learn the techniques.

Q: Do I need any additional tools or resources?

A: Yes. Students need the following supplies:

  • Standard-sized notebook
  • Sharp hand needles
  • Thread for hand sewing
  • Silk thread
  • Beeswax
  • Standard Iron
  • White or off-white Silk Organza (1/2 or 1 yd, available online at Mood Fabrics or
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Chalk wheel
  • Clear flexible ruler
  • Sharp dressmaker’s shears and small clipping scissors
  • Dressmaker's Awl or Stiletto
  • Sharp, glass-headed pins
  • Fabric scraps for completing optional Samples
  • Embellishment Supplies (beads, sequins, embroidery floss, cording, &c)
  • Embroidery Hoop

Q. What happens after I buy?

A. You will receive the download links instantly to download or stream your videos. The files are large - about 900MB each. It is recommended that you download and save the files for watching offline. Streaming the videos may not work well if you have a poor/slower internet connection or data limits.

More Questions? If you have any questions feel free to email us at


Vendor: Liberty Jane

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Owen Sound, Canada


I really wanted to love this course, but as much as I love Pixie Faire, and Liberty Jane and Melody Valerie patterns in particular, I was sorely disappointed with this class. Melinda is indeed a lovely young lady, but watching her describe techniques with her hands waving all over the place was totally distracting. The few samples actually shown were also marred by constantly moving the sample, and not showing anything through from start to finish, just a lot of hand pointing and moving of fabric. I got so much more from Alison Smith's courses on Craftsy, at a lower price. Unfortunately her couture classes are for adult clothes and I was hoping Melinda's class would translate these skills for working with doll clothes. The opportunity to interact with the instructor is also lacking in this class. Honestly, for the price, I feel you could do a much better job, with more samples, and the actual sewing process, not just rambling on and on about techniques.

maurine n.
United States

Couture Sewing Academy

I loved this class. It had a lot of content for using specific techniques that are not used in everyday sewing. The knowledge I gained will help me to take my creating and sewing skills to the next level. Melinda did an awesome job.

Lucille L.
United States

You'll learn so much

This was a wonderful course with a delightful presenter. I have been sewing for many, many years but still learned a lot from this course. Thank you

Apopka, FL

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricksn

I watched all the videos in one day, but then went back and did one course a day, taking notes, making samples for review for later. I have been sewing ever since 7th grade (back when there were dinosaurs as my grandchildren say) and cannot believe how much I have forgotten and how much I have learned which I applied not only to my doll clothes but also to my own clothing. I always have done a lot of hand-sewing when making clothes for myself and especially when making doll clothes but changing some of the stitches I use now to finish my clothes and even some of the seams makes a big difference. I have always ironed/pressed my pieces but not as much as I should have been doing while I was sewing. I now am taking the time to iron/press my clothes and can see why taking these shortcuts was a mistake. I could go on and on with the things I knew or forgot and what I have learned but the one thing I will say is: "using the techniques I have learned or relearned have made a big difference in my doll clothes and even in my own clothing. My pieces now look more professional and now I am very proud of my finished pieces."

Carol L.
United States

Good Introduction to Couture!

I love being able to watch and re-watch the videos AND to have the written summary of each video as a “warm-up”. I’m finding that hand sewing is not nearly as onerous as I had always thought! This excellent introduction to couture has made me confident enough to investigate sewing techniques I’ve never attempted before!