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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 Traditional
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What materials did you use? Because my budget is tight, I used polyester for all layers. I do have some silk and wool in the closet to use for the next project!

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud that I did it!! I made my own pattern and fitted it nicely. The photo does not give the fit credit, but it drapes nicely, is fitted nicely though the bodice, is not too fitted so the zipper stretches, and it feels so nice against my skin.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't be afraid to rip something out and start over. I made my muslin 8 times before I got the sleeves right. I ran out of old sheets! After I was done, I remade the muslin because it is my master pattern. Also, use good fabric. I am sorry my budget was tight. After all this work, I wish I had made it in better fabric. It was expensive polyester, but it would have been better in a better fabric. Now I know I can do this, I have to adjust our budget! Sewing is now a new budget column. Thanks for the course and best to all to do this -- it is worth it.

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The dress is beautiful and looks so nice on you. Very flattering color and style. Was it difficult to create your own pattern? I've not taken a class in drafting patterns but would love to learn more about it.

09/17/2012 Flag

Yes, it was difficult for me. It was a "simple" style so that made it a bit easier. I had a great deal of difficulty getting the arm hole and sleeve right. I finished a fleece vest using the coutour techiques and I was so happy with the results. Now I am making another dress like this one, but out of denim. I made a collar for it and so far, it looks pretty good. There are aspects of sewing I have not explored--bound buttonholes, welts, and pleats. That's what I like about sewing. It is fun and intellectually stimulating. I am always learning something knew. AND I have A LOT to learn! Thanks for your encouragement.

09/17/2012 Flag

How pretty! I love that color on you!

09/20/2012 Flag

Great job! Congratulations it is really lovely on you.

09/24/2012 Flag

Very nice results. I know it was a lot of work, but hopefully we both ended up with a reusable pattern.

03/14/2013 Flag

Very nice & how impressive you made your pattern. Was that hard to do?

08/21/2014 Flag