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Civil Partnership 3/8/2013: My Dress

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Front and back views of my dress

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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, Formal / Bridal, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Silk crepe de chine, silk georgette, beads

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What are you most proud of? Persevering! The fabrics, although gorgeous, were VILE to work with. The crepe de chine was troublesome enough, and I ended up using four layers of fabric in the dress so that it would be drapey, but not revealing. [Both main fabric and lining were underlined in georgette.] The beading on the train had to be reinforced, again without compromising the drape, and I actually had to unpick and re-bead twice. It was very difficult to adapt the simple pattern to look as flattering as possible on my top-heavy, waistless figure...I had to raise the back neckline, which meant the drape had to be completely re-shaped, and the front neckline had to be lowered to stop me looking like a ship's figurehead. I felt very glamorous on the day though, so it was eventually worth it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't use crepe de chine! Take time fitting the toile, and think long and hard about getting those necklines just right.

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Whoops, slipped on the keyboard....should read divine!!!!!!!!

09/25/2013 Flag

I think this dress looks amazing on you, it fits so beautifully. Congratulations on the dress AND your wedding!

09/27/2013 Flag

Thank you sooooo much!

09/27/2013 Flag

Beautiful, You did an amazing job. It is very flattering. You look Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

09/29/2013 Flag

So wonderful! And your beautiful partner's dress is a work of art -- you totally *should* display it on your wall! Magnificent job of celebrating your union in your sewing artistry. Congratulations!!

03/22/2014 Flag

Hi there, Re visiting your page and wondered if you could remind us of the pattern you used for this beautiful dress.............I seem to think its a vogue pattern??

03/11/2016 Flag