TO THE SEW LIKE A PRO™ TRAINING SCHOOL
THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL QUALITY DANCESPORT, COUNTRY & SKATE DRESSES
What is Sew Like A Pro™?
Sew Like A Pro™ is the world's first and only interactive, online sewing school that teaches you how to design, pattern, cut, sew, fit and decorate professional quality ice and roller skate, Country, Latin and ballroom dresses for women.
Each comprehensive program is accessed through a private, member’s only website.
I hope you'll take a few minutes to look around your personal mini membership site.
The training that is offered here is the actual material in the school, though it is only a very tiny portion of over 100+ hours of training that is available in each of the core training programs: Complete Latin-Skate and the Complete Ballgown Programs.
That does not include all the additional training in the Complete+ Program!
Plus, I am constantly adding more training and updates to the program.
Please introduce yourself at the bottom of the page and tell me what your hopes and worries are about making competition dresses for yourself, your daughter or for clients.
P.S. Use the navigation bar ahead to access five pages of free dressmaker training.
Next, click the ENROLLMENT DETAILS to get all the details about the curriculum, payment plans, money back guarantee. Then click one of the pink ENROLL buttons to register and get immediate access to the sewing school.
Experience what Sew Like A Pro™ members say about the sewing school.
Please introduce yourself.
What do you hope to learn in the courses?
Are you a ballroom or Country dancer? Ice or roller skater?
Do you sew for yourself or others?
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What is the difference between
Dancesport, Country and Skate dresses?
Every woman has arms, legs and body curves.
Every woman moves, bends, stretches, spins, and jumps.
Every woman's dress must stay in place and look good on her.
So what is the difference between the dress styles?
Both dancers and skaters love skirts that flow beautifully!
Both dancers and skaters love having mesh inserts in their dresses!
Both dancers and skaters love wearing high-impact, textured skirts!
After looking at the images above, can you tell me what the differences are?
Every design is unique as it should be. Yes, there are subtle differences between the dress styles that allow it to adapt to its own style of dance or skate.
However, all of these dresses are made using the same construction principles. You will learn those principles in these Sew Like A Pro™ programs. You will learn everything you need to know to create competition-quality dresses like the ones you see above.
Whether you decide to enroll or not, I ask that you please let all types of competition dresses be your inspiration. Do not label dresses as "dance" or "skate" to the extent it hinders your ability to see the potential of every design. Keep an open mind. You will be a better designer and dressmaker if you do.
Admire dresses by Sew Like A Pro™ members.
Three comprehensive sewing programs are available for immediate enrollment.
Complete Latin-Skate Program.
Complete Ballgown Program.
Complete+ for Latin Skate and Gowns is available as an upgrade after enrolling in either the Complete Latin-Skate or the Complete Ballgown Programs.
What should I know about the Sew Like A Pro™ programs?
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO LEARN ABOUT MAKING FLOATS OR RHINESTONING?
WHEN WILL THE INDIVIDUAL MODULES BE AVAILABLE?
Sorry, but at this point in time no individual modules are being released. I’m not sure when I will make those available.
For the foreseeable future I want to focus on what will most help you learn to SLP, which is, of course, the complete programs because they have everything you need in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence.
This video was filmed before the Complete Latin-Skate was its own program.
OVERVIEW OF COMPLETE LATIN-SKATE PROGRAM
(This program and the Ballgown Program offers core training for all sewing skill levels.)
OVERVIEW OF COMPLETE BALLGOWN PROGRAM
(This program and the Latin-Skate Program offers core training for all sewing skill levels.)
OVERVIEW OF COMPLETE+ PROGRAM
This program is an upgrade to the Latin-Skate and Ballgown Programs. It is not available for enrollment as a stand-alone program.
The Complete+ offers advanced sewing techniques such as mesh sleeves with no shoulder seams, mesh inserts, accent cut-aways, and more skirt modules than your core program has.
Scroll the remainder of this sub-page for many of the items taught in each module.
Truthfully, not all the training is included here. It wouldn't all fit on each page ... and I keep adding training videos or images to the membership site! Oh, I didn't say free upgrades are included? They are.
My sewing school has answers to every question or problem you have. And much training that you didn't know you needed to know.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE MY FIRST DRESS?
Whether you are an experienced or new dressmaker, the first Sew Like A Pro™ dress is the most difficult and will take the longest.
- You have to learn to make custom patterns for your leotard, sleeve and skirts.
- You will go slower because you will watch the training videos and then do the work. Watch. Create. Repeat. is the formula to making your first dress.
For many students, making the first dress feels like dressmaker boot camp.
The learning curve is high which can create frustrations as you struggle with new sewing techniques.... But it gets SEW MUCH EASIER after the first dress!
Each sewing school module is released one week at a time so you have a chance to do the work without rushing. Therefore, your first dress will take at least 6-8 weeks to complete.
However, you can take much longer to make the dress if that is what suits your schedule. There is no rush. All the Sew Like A Pro™ material is available 24/7 "lifetime" so you can work on your own schedule.
You can work anywhere from 1-10 hours a week depending on how fast you want to make you dress and how thoroughly you want to begin mastering the sewing skills taught in the Complete Latin-Skate and Complete Ballgown Programs. How much you work is up to you.
Your second and third dresses usually takes much less time than the first!
- You will have made most of your custom patterns with the first dress.
- You do not have to watch all the training videos if you remember how to do the steps you learned while making the first dress. You may only need to re-watch 1/2 of the sewing videos to gain confidence and pick up extra tips.
Plan 20-60 hours over 2-4 weeks if you are in a hurry. The time amount varies according to:
- the complexity of your design,
- how many rhinestones you want,
- how much you recall from making the first dress.
After making your third dress, each dress gets faster and more efficient!
For new dressmakers, the third or fourth dress is often the tipping point in confidence boost and speed increase.
In my prime when my company Seams Sensational made 12-20 custom dresses per month, I could sew a high-fashion, perfectly-fitted custom dress in 10-25 hours depending again on the complexity of the design, whether my client was local or long-distance, plus the fabrics used.
The big time-sucker is gluing rhinestones! 5,000+ rhinestones can take longer to apply than making the dress.
- How long did you take lessons before you felt that you learned enough to test or do a competition?
- For many people this is at least six months, if not a year. ...
- You can make and wear your first dress in as little as two months!
- Your next dress will take only a couple weeks.
- Your third and fourth dress may only take one weekend if you add very few rhinestones.
- How long did it take you to learn to do an axel or to maintain proper dance postition? A long freaking time and you're still working on it, right?
- Dressmaking will take far less time to see tangible results.
- And yes, you can always continue improving with each dress. You can push yourself to make a complex dress, or keep it fast and easy for a quick completion.
- Do you learn new steps and techniques faster now than you did in the beginning? ... YES, is the answer because that's the way our bodies and mind work.
- It's the same for making a dress.
- What you learn right now - let's say installing neckline and leg elastic - will take several hours because you're watching the videos and learning as you go.
- On your second dress, it will take half the time because all you need to do is watch the videos on fast speed for a refresher.
- By your third dress and beyond, 15-30 minutes and all elastics are done!
- Every time you make a dress it gets faster and easier - unless you decide to make complex dresses which slow the process down.
WHAT DO CURRENT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSES?
Below are just a few of the comments members made on the community forum available at the bottom of each module page AND/OR on Facebook. This doesn't even show the emails boasting similar success and happiness with the course!
These are simple screenshots of the real thing, posted each step of the way.
Plus you have a few videos from our 2022 Sew Like A Pro™ fashion show!
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I want to learn to make my own dance dresses, be able to make fringe and apply rhinestones, find out the glue.I want to make the gauntlets.I have been watching your you tubes that I just discovered and love them. I can’t wait to learn from you.
Thanks SEW much for the awesome message!
Generally, one does not make fringe because it is rather time consuming…. though it has been done if someone wants a very custom look. It’s easiest to buy the fringe for sure! I suggest you get my 55 fabric stores list. It’s free and I believe there are a few fringe suppliers on that list. https://seamssensational.com/55-fabric-stores-around-the-world/
Also, here is the link for my blog about rhinestone glue. https://seamssensational.com/rhinestone-glue/
My Sew Like A Pro™ sewing school offers everything you need to go from designing to drafting a pattern (for leotard, sleeves and a variety of skirt styles) …. to cut, fit, alter, fit, alter and finish. Of course, lace, feathers and rhinestoning are also part of the training. 🙂
You can tour your favorite program via this link: https://seamssensational.com/tour-sewing-programs/
I hope this helps. I hope to see you in the sewing school some day soon!
P.S. Gail, if you are not already on my Sew Like A Pro™ newsletter list, I suggest you sign up so you get free dressmaker training and you get notified when I hold special dance-skate-sewing events. Feb 4-5 is a Fabulous Female Fitting workshop. I hope to have registration open tomorrow.
I am a ballroom dancer and would like to make my own competition dresses as it is a much cheaper. Do you have any fabric type recommendations for ballroom and Latin dresses and where to buy them?
Yes, I have a blog and a free PDF download on 55 fabric stores around the world. https://seamssensational.com/55-fabric-stores-around-the-world/
You may also want to check out my blog on Stretch Fabric DOs and DON’Ts.
My daughter is 11 years old and I want to make her ballroom and Latin costumes but am not sure how to start.
I can use a basic sewing machine.
I can hand see.
Other than that I am a complete novice. I can’t find any books. I am looking for a starting point.
Hello Jane. Thank you for the comment.
Jane, I don’t know if there are any books on how to make a ballgown or Latin dress. I know there used to be a set of DVDs that cost $600. I learned about them from some of my sewing school members who bought it before enrolling in my interactive, online school. They signed up for my school because even trying to use the DVD set, they were not able to make the dresses they wanted. I do not know if these are still available for sale.
Honestly, Jane. My sewing school is the place to learn to make professional quality dance and skate dresses!
It’s fun, comprehensive and literally teaches you every skill I used in the thirty years I made dresses. You have 24/7 lifetime access to the membership site so you can work at your own speed. I also offer live support 2-3 times (called Dressmaker Mentorship Program) each month to help the members keep moving forward when they are stuck or have a problem.
There have been several women who signed up for my sewing school and barely knew how to use her sewing machine. I did not know this until they sent photos of their completed dance or skate dress with a note confessing they didn’t know how to sew when they enrolled! It is rather amazing, I admit. But it has happened several times. … I wish I could show you their dress photos in the comment section, but cannot. 🙁
I also have several Sew Like A Pro™ members who make costumes for their daughters or granddaughters the same age as your daughter. The skills they learn are particularly helpful as the child begins developing breast and waist curves that are hard to make patterns for and fit well.
Hands down, Jane, my sewing school is the place to be if you want to learn to make Dancesport, Country and skate dresses! If you sell the dresses you make, you have the possibility to recoup your investment in a hurry.
Please let me know if you have any more questions. Also, sign up to receive my emails and newsletters so you get free training along the way.
Best wishes. I hope to see you in the sewing room!
I am a ballroom dancer and would like to make my own costumes for showcases.
My sewing school can help you do that! Your dresses will be SEW good, you can sell them to reimburse the cost of your fabrics and rhinestones, plus recoup the cost of Sew Like A Pro™ sewing school tuition.
It’s the investment with a great ROI 🙂
I hope to see you in the school very soon!