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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 Traditional, Romantic
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What materials did you use? Wool

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What are you most proud of? The wool didn't lay like the muslin so after I sewed the skirt piece to the bodice, I was horrified. It was way too poofy. I had to improvise and try three different skirt patterns until finally I came up with my own pencil skirt. The pencil skirt is loose in the back so there doesn't need to be a slit. I purchased an extra long zipper, and the zipper slides down both the side and the bodice.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Patience, Patience, Patience! But be prepared to find a new love for a new technique of sewing.

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Love the splash of color! So fun!

02/16/2013 Flag

This is so beautiful and fun. looks super intricate and well made. :) May I ask what type of underlining is that? and did you use basing?

04/14/2015 Flag
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The underlining is a polyester organza from JoAnn's. It actually is easier to work with and thicker than silk organza, and my favorite dresses are underlined with poly organza, for some reason, it holds its shape well. And yes, I did use basting, the entire dress was hand basted.

04/14/2015 Flag

Thank you. :)

04/20/2015 Flag
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Another great dress!. I really love your style.

07/03/2015 Flag

Thank you!

07/03/2015 Flag

I have lost 30 lbs and am within 5 lbs of my goal weight. I am still having trouble getting a pattern to fit my large bust and waist. Does this class cover how to enlarge these two areas?

09/17/2015 Flag

Hi Judy, congratulations with all your hard work and discipline. I do not believe this class covers the fit issues you are trying to tackle in detail, but the instructor, Susan, has been really big on this book: "Fitting & Pattern Alteration, A Multi-Method Approach." On page 137 and 285 respectfully, you will be able to get some help on how to adjust for your unique body shape. This is an exciting time for you. I hope this helps.

09/17/2015 Flag