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Stretch Yourself

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About Course

The easy to understand course for sewing stretch fabrics. 

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What if you could confidently sew your first stretch garment in just a few days? And not only that, enjoy the process and feel confident with what you’ve made?

You no longer need to feel intimidated by stretch fabrics or frustrated with your finish. With Stretch Yourself, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to sew stretch fabrics with confidence and skill.

Is this you?

  • I avoid stretch projects because they seem too tricky
  • I’ve tried sewing stretch and the result was a mess
  • I don’t think I can sew stretch because I only have a regular sewing machine
  • I don’t even know where to start with stretch fabrics
  • I’m tired of searching YouTube for tutorials that just don’t help

What if there were a way to learn at home and in your own time? 

What if someone could explain everything to you in simple, everyday language? 

I created Stretch Yourself for someone exactly like you! 

Follow this simple, self-paced course and you will sew your first stretch garment PLUS have the confidence and skills to sew more.

What Does Stretch Yourself Include?

  • 2 adult PDF sewing patterns
  • Ebook
  • 9 video lessons totalling OVER 3 hours of detailed tuition
  • 3 quizes
  • My super stretch cheat sheet 
  • Printable stretch calculator

Right now you want to sew stretch fabrics but don’t feel confident with:

  1. understanding stretch fabrics
  2. whether your machine is enough
  3. how to get a good finish

With Stretch Yourself you will:

  1. Gain confidence using your sewing machine – YES, you can sew stretch with a regular sewing machine
  2. Discover how to understand stretch fabrics
  3. Learn some sneaky tips and tricks to really up your stretch sewing game
  4. Enjoy yourself!

All of this, in your own time and at your own pace.

Who Am I?

I’m Sarah, the designer behind Waves & Wild. I have been designing and selling PDF sewing patterns for over ten years, and before that I was a teacher! So I’m really excited to bring my two passions and skill sets together to teach you about sewing.

I love helping people start their sewing journey. I truly believe anyone can sew, and sew well with the right support.

What Exactly Will You Get?

  1. Sewing Patterns
    You get 2 full PDF sewing patterns for the Victory Dolman T-Shirt. One pattern uses our female/curve fit measurement chart and one uses our male/straight fit measurement chart These are the exact same patterns that customers can buy in our pattern shop for $14 each. Both patterns go right from XXS – 7XL. Both are designed for stretch fabric and both have several sleeve and hem options.
  2. Ebook
    This is a printable PDF to accompany the video lessons. This is a great resource to keep and refer back to at any time in the future.
  3. Sarah’s Super Stretch Cheat Sheet
    Print this and stick it to the wall behind your machine! It’s a quick guide to needles and stitches ensuring you always know which one to pick.
  4. Printable Stretch Calculator
    Print this and use it to calculate the stretch percentage of any fabric. Never feel stuck choosing fabrics again! 
  5. Video Lessons
    You get nine clear and detailed video lessons to guide you right from picking your first stretch fabric to sewing a full garment.
  6. Quizzes
    There is a quiz at the end of each module to help reinforce all the information you have just gone through. They are low-stress and can be taken as many times as you need. This course is about you!

Video Lesson Breakdown

Module 1: Master the Basics
This module gives you all the background knowledge you need to understand stretch fabrics and how to use them. From choosing the right fabric to understanding different stitch types – I will set you up for success! 

  1. Fabric Types: Learn what makes a fabric stretch. Understand the difference between fibre and fabric type. Learn how to decode fabric descriptions so you can buy with confidence, knowing you’re getting the right fabric for your project. 
  2. Pins and Needles: Learn why there are different needles for different fabrics. Look at some of the best methods for securing fabric when sewing and discover my secret weapon when it comes to sewing stretch. 
  3. Stitches: Take a look at the many different stitches available to you when sewing stretch. Most of them only require a regular sewing machine – you DO NOT need an overlocker/serger to sew stretch or to take this course. 
  4. Problem Solving: What to do when things don’t quite go to plan. Learn some of the reasons things go wrong and how to easily fix them.
  5. Quiz Time! There is a quiz to help reinforce all the information you’ve just been given. You are encouraged to use your Ebook and cheat sheet to help you. This is not a memory contest!


Module 2: Putting it into Practice
In this module you will put your new skills to use and sew your first garment! I will guide you slowly and clearly through the whole process, from cutting your fabric to that final press.

  1. Preparing to Sew: I take you through all the things you need to sew your t-shirt, plus help you make the best choices for your first garment. 
  2. Picking the Perfect Size: It sounds simple but this is an area so many people trip up on! Taking accurate measurements and translating those to the perfect pattern size is vital. I guide you through the whole process, plus introduce you to basic size blending to help you achieve an amazing fit.
  3. Sew Your T-Shirt: In this lesson we actually get down to the job of sewing that first stretch garment. Every step is explained clearly and simply so you can tackle it with confidence.
  4. Quiz Time! There is another quiz to help you remember all the skills you have just learned. Take it as many times as you need until you become confident.


Module 3: Stretch Yourself Further
This bonus module allows you to flex those new-found stretch sewing muscles a little further with some extra skills not needed for the t-shirt pattern.

  1. Cuffs: Discover how you actually already know how to sew cuffs! Discover my foolproof method for sewing cuffs using print fabric. 
  2. Elastic: Learn different elastic uses and sewing methods for the ultimate stretch sew. 
  3. Quiz Time! The last quiz before you consider yourself a stretch champion!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need any sewing knowledge to take this course?
A: Only the most basic skills – threading your machine and making it go. If you can do that, you’re ready for this course. If you’re an absolute beginner and don’t know your spool from your bobbin, I recommend taking Winning Beginnings first. Winning Beginnings is designed for absolute beginners who have never sewn before.

Q: What do I need to take this course?
A: You will need a sewing machine. It doesn’t need to be fancy or new, it just needs to work! All the course videos were created using a budget sewing machine to demonstrate the fact that you don’t need a fancy or expensive machine to sew. There is a blog post to help you if you don’t yet have a sewing machine. An overlocker or serger is lovely, but absolutely NOT needed. You can take the whole course with just a regular sewing machine.

You will also need needles, thread, pins, scissors and fabric. You will need a small amount of stretch fabric to practice on during module 1, and then stretch fabric for sewing your t-shirt in module 2. The instructions for your T-Shirt and the ‘preparing to sew’ video will help you choose the right fabrics.

Q: Do I need an overlocker/serger?
A: No! They are a great tool and there are many opportunities to use one in this course, but an overlocker/serger is definitely not required. The whole course can be taken with a regular sewing machine.

Q: How do I access the course?
A: Once you have purchased the course you will be able to access the course here, on the W&W website, simply go to ‘my account’ then ‘enrolled course’. You can watch it on your computer, tablet or phone. If you’ve bought from W&W before, you will just use your usual login details. If this is your first purchase then an account will be created and a password will be emailed to you. Don’t forget to check your junk mail if you can’t see it!

Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
A: As long as you like!! There are no time constraints on the course at all. You will always have access to it so you can take your time, plus you can refer back to any part at any time in the future. Once you have bought it, that information is always available to you.

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Course Content

Module 1: Master the Basics

  • Understanding Fabrics
  • Pins and Needles
  • Stitches
  • Problem Solving
  • Master the Basics: Quiz

Module 2: Put It into Practice

Stretch Yourself Further