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Bespoke Couture High Tea Dress by Mooshi

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Tea dyed silk organza rose corsage.

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The Couture Dress taught by Susan Khalje

From creating a muslin to adjusting fit and hand-stitching hems, Couturier Susan Khalje guides you step-by-step through couture sewing techniques!

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Retro / Vintage
Olivia Torma on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Fashion fabric: 1940's vintage English cotton voile with lattice embroidery; Interlinings: Mocha Irridescent Bridal Silk Chiffon and Cream Silk Satin Organza; Lining: silk cotton blend voile (perhaps tea dyed).

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What are you most proud of? It would have to be the result I achieved with my custom fitted bodice and sleeve pattern. I spent countless hours researching formulas, drafting the patterns and testing my toiles on my mannequin. Please note this project is a work-in-progress and has not been completed. For updates on my progress you can also visit my blog on this project at Mooshi~ Handmade with Love (www.mooshi.com.au). Hope to see you there! :o)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? When choosing a fashion fabric, think about the interlinings you would choose to complement it from the inside. Colour shouldn't be overlooked when choosing interlinings as they can add a variety of subtle background shades to your fashion fabric, especially if it is sheer. Baste, baste, baste....learn couture hand stitching techniques to get the best result and use quality fabrics and notions.

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Thank you for liking my project. xx If you'd like to see updates and where I am up to with this project please visit my web site www.mooshi.com.au and click on Sewing Diaries in the submenu. More posts coming soon. I'm nearly ready to cut into the 1940's vintage voile. Waiting for it to dry from a good wash!

06/11/2013 Flag

Have started work on the blouse! Meticulously basting the bodice silk underlinings together by hand. Laying down a sheet of muslin underneath the chiffon helps stabilise the fabric for marking! Will soon be cutting into the 70 year old English voile!

06/28/2013 Flag


11/25/2013 Flag

Thank you :o)

12/01/2013 Flag

I finished this dress a few weeks ago now and I'm very happy with the result. You can see more photos and an article about this project on my web site and online boutique at www.mooshi.com.au. x

12/01/2013 Flag

WOW!!! Unbelievably. BEAUTIFUL!!! I've enrolled in Craftsy classes to learn to sew, just from seeing crafts such as this beautiful dress!! I do t even know where to begin, but your work inspires me to get serious about STARTING, somewhere!! So incredibly beautiful. Any suggestions on where to start, lol. I know this is many levels away from "beginner" material, but one can dream of creating such master work!

12/07/2013 Flag

Hi there! Thank you so much for your comments. It's nice to hear people appreciate my work. :-) And a big welcome to the world of sewing!! If you've not done much sewing before I recommend subscribing to Threads Magazine and watching their videos. They have some great beginner lessons. Being skilled in hand sewing is essential especially for couture. I would enrol in Craftsy's hand embroidery class and also their pattern drafting and draping classes if you want to learn to create your own patterns. If you like embroidery and quilting, Allie Aller has a lovely crazy quilting class here on Craftsy you can take. She teaches some hand embroidery stitches and you can download her e-book too! On my Facebook page I recently published a link to a Martha Stewart video on haute couture. She also interviews Valentino! His tip for fashion designers is to focus on the detail. Hand sewing skills will definitely put you in good stead to create beautiful detailed work! Other than that, I would buy some good sewing books on couture sewing, hand embroidery, smocking, beading, whatever takes your fancy! :-) So exciting for you! Let me know if you'd like more advice. Enjoy. Olivia :-D

01/19/2014 Flag