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Couture Dress, toile number 3

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Finished (finally!)

Created in this Craftsy Course

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
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What materials did you use? Shell- rayon, lining- acetate, ribbon- silk organza

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time, your stitch ripper may become your best friend and worst enemy!

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Love the color and the lace at the neckline.

08/19/2012 Flag

Thanks, at the end my (teenage) daughter didn't like it enough for me to wear it to her school dinner!

08/19/2012 Flag

I've got a teenage daughter too. They certainly don't hesitate to tell you what they think.

08/19/2012 Flag

I think it's lovely and the lace adds a nice romantic touch. And what do teens know!

08/19/2012 Flag

Thanks :) They think they know it all!!!

08/19/2012 Flag

Dont give up on your toile. Once you get your bodice perfect the waistband will work beautifully. The skirt is the easiest when you are working with underlining. Your hem will be invisible.

08/20/2012 Flag

Thanks for the advice :) I'm thinking of replacing the sleeves with something different, any suggestions?

08/20/2012 Flag

Your toile is coming along fine! And that's the beauty of a toile - it gives you the opportunity for you to alter your garment to your requirements. Have you seen the book: 'Fit for real people"? It might give you more pointers on the look that you'd like to achieve for your requirements For my project, I noticed that the sleeves that came with the pattern were not for me, so I changed them. But I'm still debating whether to keep them or not!! Also here are some suggestions for sleeves: tulip, cap, plain short sleeves, or even go sleeveless!! The sleeve pattern provided with this project is easy to adapt, here is a tutorial on tulip sleeve: http://sewchicpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/make-your-own-tulip-sleeve-tutorial.html. Good luck with your project

08/22/2012 Flag

Thanks for the tips on the sleeves, time to draw onto a croqui methinks! I fleetingly thought about going sleeveless, but being an ex-bodybuilder, their size discounts that !!!

08/22/2012 Flag

Okay, the sleeves are off, everyone here thought flutter sleeves would be good, but when I tried the dress without sleeves I liked it (and yes, my arms are still large). So, hemming sleeves and tweaking the fit of the lace around the bodice and the necline and it is finished. Feeling much happier now :)

08/26/2012 Flag

very nice dress and the colour too still to start mine

01/17/2013 Flag

Thanks, I ended up putting cap sleeves on using some of the leftover lace, it looks much better now :)

01/17/2013 Flag