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Couture 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 Cute, Romantic, Casual
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What materials did you use? Cotton fashion fabric and cotton muslin lining

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What are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the fit, the sleeve and the lace trim. I have always made a garment first with the fashion fabric. This was my first time making a muslin toile and it made a HUGE difference to the fit. I was able to adjust the size on the toile first then have a perfect fitting dress. The lace trim adds a new dimension and gives it a feminine finish. The sleeve is a flounce sleeve that I took from another pattern. I wanted to cover the top of my shoulders, without having a full cap sleeve which I find too restrictive.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Definitely raise the back as Susan advises to do. I didn't with this dress and the sleeves fall down. I now have the added dilemma of trying to figure out what to add to keep the shoulders up! I am making this dress again with a straight skirt and I have raised the back, which fits much better and the shoulders don't fall down.

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So did you put in an underlining? If so, what did you use? Or is it just the cotton fabric and muslin lining?

09/24/2012 Flag

No I didn't use underlining, just a fine cotton muslin lining. The dress is quite heavy because of the skirt so I didn't want lining and underlining.

09/24/2012 Flag

Okay thank you. I am in Jakarta and do not want something really heavy. I also have no idea where I would find silk organza or china silk here!

09/25/2012 Flag

I couldn't find silk organiza here in Stockholm either. I'm originally from Sydney so I also didn't want anything too heavy. I'm also a litle bit impatient and really coudn't be bothered doing all those layers!

10/22/2012 Flag

dress looks great! you did a really nice job. gives me a little inspiration to finish the class.

10/21/2012 Flag

Thank you!

10/22/2012 Flag

I love your dress, it is very pretty. Well done

10/30/2012 Flag

Thank you!

11/04/2012 Flag

Thank you!

03/10/2013 Flag

So pretty.

11/24/2012 Flag

Thank you!

03/10/2013 Flag

Love this dress. Well done.

03/07/2013 Flag

Thank you!

03/10/2013 Flag