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Couture Dressmaking Techniques

with Alison Smith
Elevate the beauty and longevity of any garment you sew. Learn couture dressmaking fundamentals with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith.

Create couture garments with a flawless look that lasts. Underline bodices to give them stability, structure and shape. Stabilize neck edges and shoulder seams so they never stretch. Create lovely shaping using slashed, balanced and contoured darts. Stitch crease-free princess seams and luxurious hand-finished necklines. Discover couture boning techniques for bodices that fit like a dream. Use sleeve heads and ribbon stays to sew gorgeous set-in sleeves with a touch of fullness and no wrinkles. Choose and insert impeccable linings by hand. Keep dresses from riding up or dragging with a waist stay. Harness couture dressmaking techniques to create special-occasion attire and everyday garments that eclipse high-end ready-to-wear.

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Making a Muslin

  • Meet your instructor, Britain's premier sewing educator Alison Smith, and learn more about the couture touches you can use in your own dressmaking. The class is designed to be a reference resource - watch it all the way through or skip to the techniques you need for your project. Alison's instruction begins with altering your pattern pieces, making a muslin and cutting out fabric.


Lesson 2. Understanding Underlinings


Lesson 3. Delightful Darts


Lesson 4. Perfect Curves


Lesson 5. Beautiful Boning


Lesson 6. Stunning Sleeves


Lesson 7. Fine Linings

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