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Couture Finishing Techniques

with Alison Smith
Sew your most luxurious and long-lasting garments with finishing techniques used by the finest couture houses.

Learn couture finishing techniques that elevate your garments to the highest level of elegance and craftsmanship. Alongside illustrious instructor Alison Smith, you'll master herringbone, catch, blind hem, flat-fell and buttonhole stitches. Sew French seams, hand-finished whipstitch seams, clean-finished seams and flawless seams on delicate fabrics. Sew a concealed zipper with a placket. Create gorgeous triangular buttonholes. Make perfect closures with rouleau loops, corded loops and covered buttons. Use hand-finishes such as interfaced hems, hand-rolled hems, faced hems with horsehair braid, and machine-embroidered scalloped hems. Finish your garments with impeccable couture techniques that stand up to the most discerning eyes and the test of time.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Alison Smith, the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry, and learn more about couture sewing and details as you take a tour of a 1965 Chanel frock. In this class, each lesson covers a different facet of couture finishing, so you can quickly reference the information you need as you work on your own projects.


Lesson 2. Skillful Hand-Sewn Stitches


Lesson 3. Superb Seam Finishes


Lesson 4. Cleverly Concealed Zipper


Lesson 5. Beautiful Buttonholes


Lesson 6. Classy Closures


Lesson 7. Heavenly Hems

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