Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes

 

WELCOME!

I’m delighted you are interested in Sew Like A Pro™, the online sewing school for those who make (or want to make) Ballroom, Latin, Country and Skate dresses.

My mission is to help you realize your full potential as a designer and dressmaker so you, or your clients, always look and feel fabulous.

Do you know how to sew street clothes but have not had the courage to try making a competition dance or skate dress?

Have you tried making a dance or skate dress and it was so difficult that you vowed never to do it again?

Are you already making competition dresses for yourself and want the skills and confidence to sew for others at your local studio or rink?

Do you get tired of wearing the same dress over and over, but don't want to spend $3,000 - $10,000 on a new one?

Are you already an accomplished seamstress who wants professional training to hone your skills to improve client satisfaction while increasing your efficiency and profits?

learn to take proper measurements and make a custom pattern for competition Ballroom, Latin, Country and skate dresses

If you answered YES to any of these questions,
my Sew Like A Pro™ training programs will revolutionize your dressmaking experience.
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How do I know?

I created the school to teach you everything I wish I had known back in 1989 when I made my first competition ballroom dresses!

Don't worry. I’ve got your back... And your side, your sleeve, your skirt 😉  
You can SEW do this.

Teresa

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?

Ruffles are fabulous on all dress styles. (Even ballgown skirts have ruffles.)

All dress styles use skirt yokes.

Both dancers and skaters love wearing mesh!

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 70% - 90% of the same construction principles. You will learn those principles in these Sew Like A Pro™ courses. 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.
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More info, please.

Get details about tuition, money back guarantee, time commitment and a full color brochure containing the exact course curriculum.

What is Sew Like A Pro™?

Sew Like A Pro™ is the world's first and best 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.

Each 11-week program is accessed through a private, member’s only website.

Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes

Two comprehensive training programs are available for enrollment:

COMPLETE BASIC BALLGOWN  and  ADVANCED #1 FOR LATIN, SKATE, GOWNS

How to make a competition Dancesport ballgown. Get complete ballgown training with the professional tools and tips you need to succeed.
How to make a competition ballgown, Latin, Country, skate dress. Get comprehensive training on working with mesh, skirt yokes, fringe, rhinestones.

What should I know about the Sew Like A Pro™ courses?

What is the difference between the BASIC and ADVANCED programs? (special videos inside) +

WHAT  IS  THE  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  THE  "BASIC"  AND  "ADVANCED"  PROGRAMS?

Both COMPLETE programs contain comprehensive training that walk you through every step of the dressmaking process.

No short cuts or training is left out the “basic” program. No magic steps are included in the "Advanced" program.

Think of it in terms of cooking, a gourmet chef has impeccable must-know skills that allow her to make either a casual evening meal or a more complex 4-course dinner. No matter which type of meal she chooses to prepare, she uses the same basic skills.

More complex dishes require more ingredients and more sauces than quick meals. Gourmet dishes also require more time, more work and more experience to pull it all together.

So with that in mind, the concept of "basic" versus "advanced" is not as much sewing-related as it is design-based.

 

IS  THE  COURSE  CURRICULUM  DIFFERENT  FOR  EACH  PROGRAM?

A few of the items are exactly the same in both programs:

measuring and pattern making
bra cup & elastic bonus training in modules 4
the 1.5 hours of training of "must know" rhinestoning tips

 

Some modules overlap the types of information offered, but are further specialized for the particular program. These modules include:

design and materials
cutting, basting and sewing
fittings

 

By popular request I recently decided to co-share these two programs:

mesh sleeves and upper body mesh coverage = original to the Advanced program, is now included in the ballgown program. ​​​​​​​This includes training to make mesh sleeves that cover the chest and back but has no armhole seams.

complete basic ballgown skirt training = original to the ballgown program, is now included in the advanced program.

straight and fluted skirts
ruffles
godets and gores
hem techniques: fishing line, crinoline (horsehair), rolled edge

 

Please watch the video (top of this page) or read the brochure (the next two Qs in this section) for more details about the curriculum and the exact schedule.

Please watch the video above (with the black and white dotted dress) beginning at about the 13:00 mark for photo examples of both basic and advanced dresses ... OR ... watch the two short videos below made especially to introduce each of the programs.

 

WHAT  TRAINING  IS  UNIQUE  TO  EACH  PROGRAM?

The COMPLETE BASIC BALLGOWN program is the only place you will find:

      • chiffon/georgette drapes (i.e. "floats")
      • lace: choosing, application, how to paint and dye
      • feathers: full boas and how to make tiny clusters
      • special ways to create additional skirt volume and flare including ruffles, points and swags

     

ADVANCED #1 FOR LATIN, SKATE AND GOWNS is the only program offering:

      • beading
      • fringe
      • yoke attachments for ballgowns, Latin and skate skirts
      • complex cut-away designs that create accent shapes

     

WHICH  PROGRAM  IS  RIGHT  FOR  ME? 

If you are new to dance and skate dresses, the BASIC BALLGOWN PROGRAM is perfect!

It walks you through every step of the entire process.
NOTE: I do not recommend the Advanced Program for those who are new or have minimal experience with making dance and skate dresses.

If you are an experienced dressmaker, either program is great.
You will learn all the essential skills, professional tools and tips you need to improve speed and efficiency on your "basic" and "advanced" designs.

If you are a moderate-level dressmaker,
the ADVANCED PROGRAM may leave you feeling overwhelmed with using multiple types of fabrics, applying skirts yokes and/or creating special cut-away design areas.

 

Ultimately, the program choice is your decision based on your sewing skills and design needs.

I would love to chat with you to discuss which option is the best way to revolutionize your dressmaking needs so you can save money, make money and have flexibility in costuming.

Feel free to email me directly with any questions or to set up a time for an online video call: teresa@seamssensational.com

 

The two videos below are the actual introductory videos for each program. Watch these brief clips if you wish a visual representation of the written material you just read.

PLEASE NOTE:  Upper body mesh as shown in the Advanced Program is now included in the COMPLETE BALLGOWN PROGRAM! ... it was added after the video was made 🙂

Which program should I choose? +

Which program should I choose?

Have you never worked with stretch fabric or chiffon/georgette before?
Are you a beginning to intermediate dressmaker who has made less than four competition or show dresses?
Do you want to master all the "must know" sewing and fitting skills?

I recommend the ballgown course -- even if you make Latin or Skate dresses.

The answer to your question, "Why?" is in the next toggle bar 🙂

 

Are you comfortable working with stretch fabrics?
Are you an experienced dressmaker who has made more than five dresses that fit pretty well?
Do you currently make and sell dresses for a profit?

The Advanced Program for Latin, Skate and Gowns is probably best suited for you. 

I am an experienced dressmaker who wants to make ballgowns. Do I have to begin with the "Basic" Ballgown Program? +

I am an experienced dressmaker who wants to make ballgowns.
Do I have to begin with the "Basic" Ballgown Program?

 

Is it mandatory you begin with the Ballgown Program? Of course not. You may absolutely begin with the Advanced Program if you wish.

Let me give you a few more details about why I think the ballgown program is a good way to begin.

 

1) The sewing and fitting skills you will learn in my Sew Like A Pro™ courses are very different from what you are currently doing.

You will master the concepts faster if you begin with the "Basic" Ballgown Program.

But it's "basic". I'm already making competition dresses.

 

2) The design of the ballgown is "basic". The pattern making, sewing and fitting skills are not. The skills I teach in the Ballgown program are classic, must-know construction principles that apply to all competition dress styles in Dancesport, Country or Skate no matter the design.

 

3) Andrea's dress in the Advanced Program has a lot of complex design elements:

  • skirt yoke,
  • mesh sleeves,
  • accent fabric cut-outs,
  • curved sweetheart neckline (which is one of the most difficult to make fit well)

Also, Andrea has scoliosis so I talk a lot of fitting curvy bodies and how to make straight design lines on curvy bodies.

Those are probably not principles you will use on the majority of dresses you make for yourself or your clients.

The training in the ballgown program are things you will use on every dress. On some dress or some clients, you will use all the "basic" skills and some of the "advanced" skills!

 

4) The layout of the Ballgown Program is set up in the simplest, most logical way possible. I presented the information in the exact same flow I use to make all "basic" dresses of any style dance or skate and for any shape client.

This simplicity in learning allows you to truly master the dressmaking techniques I teach in the courses.

Since you're an experienced dressmaker, you can certainly add complex design elements to your first Sew Like A Pro™ dress.

When you are implementing what I teach into your regular dressmaking, then doing a very complex dress like Andrea's in the Advanced Program will be much less stressful and faster for you to achieve.

 

 

P.S. For Roller/Ice Skaters or Latin/Country dancers, you will, of course, design your dress with a short skirt of your choice.

Please contact me directly so I can give you access to short skirt ideas and patterns that work well with "basic" designs. Also, by the time you are ready to make and attach the skirt, you will have access to the Advanced program so you can always upgrade your skirt design if you want... Or wait and do an advanced design on your next dress. 🙂

 

I look forward to seeing you in the sewing room!

Teresa Sigmon

I want to make Latin, Country or Skate dresses. I have not worked with stretch fabrics very much. Which program should I begin with? +

I want to make Latin, Country or Skate dresses. I have not worked with stretch fabrics very much. Which program should I begin with?

By all means, please enroll in the ballgown program.

Why?

  • The sewing is easier because the designs are simpler.
  • The program is laid out in an easy-to-follow, do-this-step-next format.
  • I will supplement the program with some of the easier skirt training from the Advanced Program so you still have short skirt options for your Latin, Two-Step or skate dresses.

 

1) The premise of the Ballgown program is making a dress using classic, must-know construction principles that apply to all competition dress styles in Dancesport, Country or Skate.

2) "Basic" dresses are much easier to fit and finish than dresses with more complex/advanced designs like skirt yokes, mesh cut-outs, overdress, etc. Therefore you will have less struggles making your first Sew Like A Pro™ dress.

3) The layout of the Ballgown Program is set up in the simplest, most logical way possible. I presented the information in the exact same flow I use to make all "basic" dresses of any style.

This simplicity in learning allows you to truly master the dressmaking techniques I teach in Sew Like A Pro™. When you are ready for a more complex/advanced design on your second or third dress, it will be easier for you to master those skills because you have the "basic" skills underway.

 

P.S. For Roller/Ice Skaters or Latin/Country dancers, you will, of course, design your dress with a short skirt of your choice.

Please contact me directly so I can give you access to short skirt ideas and patterns that work well with "basic" designs. Also, by the time you are ready to make and attach the skirt, you will have access to the Advanced program so you can always upgrade your skirt design if you want... Or wait and do an advanced design on your next dress. 🙂

 

I look forward to seeing you in the sewing room!

Teresa Sigmon

What does each program include? +

What does each program include?

  • over 60 hours of training videos
  • hundreds of downloadable PDFs, blueprints, written directions and tutorial photos to supplement the videos in each module
  • a global dressmaking community with members in nine countries
  • ongoing support with a private Facebook group
  • direct email access with me
  • plus LIVE Q&A video calls every two-three weeks to answer your questions
  • 24/7 "lifetime" access to all training materials and support so you can work as fast or as slow as your schedule permits
  • "lifetime" updates and membersite improvements

There is entirely too much in the course to list here. I created a special video just to tell you all about it!

 

I look forward to seeing you in the sewing room!

Teresa Sigmon

 

P.S. "Lifetime" means until your heart stops ticking or until several years after I left this earth. Of course, if someone wishes to continue running the school I am dead, then it will go on.

Who is the program ideal for? +

Who is the program ideal for?

The programs offer ideal training for those:

  • who know how to sew street clothes but have not yet attempted to make a woman's dance or skate dress
  • who tried making women's dance or skate costume and it went horribly wrong
  • who already sew for themselves or their daughters and want the skills plus confidence to sew for women at their local rink or studio
  • who want to be able to make unique, one-of-a-kind dresses that show your personality
  • who make women's dresses as a source of income and wish to improve client satisfaction while increasing sewing efficiency and profits.

 

Did you get that the focus of the school is on making women's dresses?

I specialize in making a woman's three Bs look good: breasts, bums, bellies. We women know how difficult those areas can be to fit. I make it a lot easier for you!

You can certainly take the course if you wish to make children's costumes. After all, they grow up to be curvy teenagers and adults. Just know that children's wear is seldom addressed in the school so you may be disappointed if that is your current goal.

 

I look forward to seeing you in the sewing room!

Teresa Sigmon

 

More info, please.

Get details about tuition, money back guarantee, time commitment and a full color brochure containing the exact course curriculum.


SEE WHAT SLP™ MEMBERS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAMS.

P.S.  Sew Like A Pro™ has members from seven countries!

CLICK HERE: What do current students say about the SLP™ programs? +

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Learn about the Sew Like A Pro™ courses.

 Watch the ten minute video montage above for a sneak-peek into the actual Sew Like A Pro™ courses.

Two courses are available:
COMPLETE BALLGOWN and ADVANCED FOR LATIN, SKATE, GOWNS.

How to make a competition Dancesport ballgown. Get complete ballgown training with the professional tools and tips you need to succeed.
How to make a competition ballgown, Latin, Country, skate dress. Get comprehensive training on working with mesh, skirt yokes, fringe, rhinestones.
More info, please.

Get details about tuition, money back guarantee, time commitment and a full color brochure containing the exact course curriculum.