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Civil Partnership 3/8/2013: Dawn's dress

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Created in this Craftsy class

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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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Whimsical, Romantic, Formal / Bridal
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What materials did you use? Shot silk dupion, silk changeant [chiffon], cotton lawn and silk organza. LOTS of beads.

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What are you most proud of? All the hand sewing: I made hand sewn eyelets for the back lacing, hand sewed the sleeves beacause I was scared that the sewing machine would eat the ultra-fine silk chiffon, and then there was all that beading. The back of the dress weighs a ton, and there is a serious amount of scaffolding built into the inside...all sorts of criss crossed strips of silk organza selvedge. Other firsts: I piped the hem, and the back opening edges, which gave just the right amount of structure without making the dress bulky or stiff.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I highly recommend this pattern- it's really beautiful. If you're beading, don't forget to reinforce the structure! I was very surprised at the weight of the finished work.

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Divine! What an absolutely outstanding achievement completing this work of ART I am truly in awe of the creation you have shared. I want to thank you for sharing your work.

09/25/2013 Flag

Thnk you so much- high praise indeed! I must admit, Dawn wants to diaply it on the wall like a kimono!

09/27/2013 Flag

Beautiful, thanks for sharing

09/29/2013 Flag

What work and what beauty! Amazing!

10/03/2013 Flag

As ever Demented Fairy, absolutely sublime. I remember your outfit was fantastic too.

03/18/2014 Flag

This is gorgeous!

10/11/2015 Flag

Thanks so much- I'm currently using some of the remnants from this to make myself a corset. Waste not want not

10/11/2015 Flag

Seeing your beaded design has inspired me to take a beaded embroidery class of Craftsy!

10/11/2015 Flag