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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 Retro / Vintage, Romantic
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What materials did you use? Oscar de la Renta silk twill, underlined with silk organza and lined with silk charmeuse.

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What are you most proud of? That my handstitches don't look too bad.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun with it and don't be in a hurry.

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Well done !!!

02/17/2016 Flag


02/17/2016 Flag

Hello! Your dress is lovely! Did you happen to use a horsehair braid in the hem? If so, can you give describe the steps you took to do this? So far, I have catch-stitched my braid along the hem line. Now I need to flip the seam, fit it into the new circumference and cover edge with lace. I am taking the Susan Kalje course and this is what she did. I do know she sewed the lace to the fashion fabric before she flipped the hem to cover the braid. I have no idea how she eased this. Any help you can give would be much appreciated!

04/06/2016 Flag

Thanks so much! I did use a horse hair braid. From what I can tell (it has been a while), I hand sewed a 2 1/2 inch horse hair braid to the organza underlining 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the hem. I did the little pick stitch right inside the hem as Susan did to keep the organza and silk as one and then turned up a 1 1/2 inch hem. I then hand sewed 1 1/2 inch hem lace tape to the hem with the edge of the lace 3/4 inches from the fold and hand stitched the upper edge to the organza underlining. To ease in the hem, I made some tucks. To ease the lace hem, I think that I must have stretched it a little taut on the bottom edge and let it undulate a little as I sewed it to the top edge. I hope this helps. I am going to try to add a photo with the tucks and the wavy lace edge.

04/06/2016 Flag

Thank you so much for your time! I hope you don't mind more questions.... How do you ease the fashion fabric after the lace has been sewn to it? I don't have stretchy lace but it is narrow - just under two inches. Do you think my lace will be a problem?

04/06/2016 Flag

I am not really sure. The only thing that I can think of is you could make tucks in both the hem and lace. You could go to Pattern Review and ask the question in the forums and probably get a better answer. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your dress.

04/07/2016 Flag

Wow! I'm really impressed with your dress. Everything is perfect from the fabric choice to your sewing techniques. Your work is such an inspiration for others in the class.

09/18/2016 Flag