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The Couture Dress

with Susan Khalje
The Couture Dress
From creating a muslin to adjusting fit and hand-stitching hems, Couturier Susan Khalje guides you step-by-step through couture sewing techniques!
Stop searching the ready-to-wear racks and learn how to sew a dress that fits like a dream! Once Susan Khalje teaches you these essential couture sewing techniques, you will have the skills to adapt the included Vogue pattern to create whatever dress you need - a swingy summer sleeveless, a classic winter-weight sheath with three-quarter sleeves or an elegant cocktail dress in seasonless black lace. Susan will help you construct a muslin and transfer the modifications to your pattern for a perfect fit, discover the magic of underlinings, achieve perfect set-in sleeves and finish your dress with flawless details like a hand-picked zipper.
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet couture designer, author and television personality Susan Khalje.


Lesson 2. Muslin 1: Pin & Cut

  • Learn how to pin and mark your pattern and cut out your fitting muslin.


Lesson 3. Muslin 2: Assembly

  • Susan teaches you how to mark your muslin pieces, pin and sew them together.


Lesson 4. Muslin 3: Fitting

  • Learn the best techniques to evaluate the fit of your muslin on the body.


Lesson 5. Muslin 4: Finishing

  • Susan shows you how to modify the muslin to accurately reflect your fit adjustments.


Lesson 6. Underlining 1: Pin & Cut

  • Learn what underlining is and how to mark and cut it like a pro.


Lesson 7. Underlining 2: Fashion Fabric

  • Baste your fashion fabric and check the fit again.


Lesson 8. Construction 1: Basting

  • Make sure everything lines up and baste it together.


Lesson 9. Construction 2: Assembly

  • Learn how to sew securely, including catch stitching and stay stitching.


Lesson 10. Construction 3: Seams & Stitches

  • Learn how to assemble the bodice and bias midriff, matching plaids and seams.


Lesson 11. Sleeves

  • Susan show you how to achieve perfect set-in sleeves with some special materials.


Lesson 12. Zippers

  • Put in a hand-picked zipper with step-by-step instruction.


Lesson 13. Hems

  • Work on both the bottom hem and your sleeve hems.


Lesson 14. Lining

  • Susan takes you back to the muslin to create a silk charmeuse lining.


Lesson 15. Finishing Touches

  • Learn couture finishing touches, including thread chains and waist stays.

"Susan Khalje is a wonderful teacher, who shares both her extraordinary knowledge and love of exquisite couture sewing in the most welcoming and confidence-building manner. I barely felt like I was taking this course online - it was as if Susan were in the room with me! The Craftsy platform makes it so easy to review techniques, take notes, take lessons over and over, and ask questions. Quite simply, this course changed the way I sew - and I love and enjoy it more than ever now!"
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