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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 Plus-sized
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? The master pattern from the coutour class

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What are you most proud of? The collar! I made a collar out of paper and played with a design. I used a reverse facing technique and tacked the collar from inside the dress. With this pattern, I can add a yoke, change collars, change sleeves, and if you have any other ideas for changes, just let me know!!!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This mater pattern A line dress is not difficult since it is not lined. It took about a day to make. Even though it is simple, pay attention to details--matching seams, tacking, and seam finishes. Taking the course was the best thing I ever did for my sewing skills and sewing confidence.

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I am trying to start my first dress but I am so afraid that its still in dreams zone...:)I made many dresses for dolls, for my toddler but .... yours is really pretty:) you should be proud!!

09/19/2012 Flag

A great design, congratulations. You have a future of lots of lovely designing and dresses ahead of you, good luck with them all!

09/19/2012 Flag

Thank you so much. I really liked the dress that you are/were working on. Those long sleeves intrigued me. Again, encouragement is so helpful.

09/19/2012 Flag

I like the collar!

09/22/2012 Flag

Thank you so much. If you or anyone else has any ideas on how to change this basic A line pattern with embellishments I am all ears! The only ideas I have so far are to put in a front yoke and to put in a fake placard to make it look like it buttons. I bought a copy of TREADS magazine today and I feel like I'm in nursery school learning. So, ideas anyone????

09/22/2012 Flag

Ideas--do a bateau neck in front and a scoop neck in the back? How about a high-low hem...knee length in the front and dropping down in the back? Stick a pleat in the back? Put trim around the neckline and sleeves? There's got to be tons of A-line patterns out there to give you ideas.

09/22/2012 Flag

Another idea, play with fabric. Now that you know how to make it in denim, make it in a fancier fabric (duponi silk anyone?). Or make the body of the dress in one fabric and make the sleeves and collar in a fabric that complements or contrasts the body of the dress in some way (different texture or different print).

09/22/2012 Flag

Your dress is so pretty and well-made. Great job with the collar! Making the dress in a print will look very different from the solid. You could also play with the sleeves and try a long sleeve for a winter dress or a 3/4 sleeve for any kind of weather.

10/08/2012 Flag

Thank you for the ideas. A print sounds like a good idea.

10/08/2012 Flag