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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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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

Hello Miss Cara, I just want to tell you that I love everything that you make! You are very talented indeed and inspiring! I have a question about a comment that you made above concerning the fact that you used polyester organza rather than silk organza. I have a lot of the classes that you have and they all mention silk organza - my question is this: How do you find working with poly organza vs. silk organza? I have moved from a big city to a small place and silk organza is a little hard to come by, and the exchange rate on US items + shipping gets a little pricey (I live in Canada). So for this long winded explanation, I just wanted to know how you found poly vs silk in the structure and finishing of the garment! Thanks!

11/02/2015 Flag

Hi MCB, great question, one that is challenging too, because silk organza comes in different weights and "stiffness." Silk also breathes better than poly. That said, it frays and moves around terribly and the consistency is difficult to measure especially if you are purchasing online. For a beginner, poly is much more affordable to practice with, and is more stable and thicker in weight. For a charmeuse dress, I used a lightweight silk organza from dharma trading co. (I bought a roll two years ago) which worked great, but for this structured dress, the affordable thick poly worked great. I used a poly on another dress, and wore it all over Arizona in hot July and August, and didn't melt down. It all depends on your project and budget in the end - just try to match thickness and drape with your fashion fabric to keep its integrity. Hope that helps.

11/02/2015 Flag

Thanks!

11/02/2015 Flag