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Finished 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 Romantic, Traditional
Jo la Fleur on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Cotton, imitation organza (never again - must be real silk organza or cotton), polyester lining

Jo la Fleur on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? How much I have learned, the patience I had to complete the dress (2 months), being willing to hand sew 90% of the dress. The ability to pass on what I have learned to my friend who sews and has signed up for this course. Least proud that midriff lining does not match up at zip but was sewing til 3am!! But am pleased that midriff back of fabric material does line up at zip and that is what is seen by others - whew!! I was really pleased to think of adding snaps to the belt so that I can remove the buckle when laundering the dress. As I have to wear flats now and money is scarce I took a pair of velvet Mary Jane shoes and added pink rosebuds to them to match the dress.

Jo la Fleur on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun and keep going for the finished dress even when your fingers are bleeding ha ha!!!!!

Jo la Fleur on craftsy.com

Hi - good luck with your dress and thank you for you comment. I do have a leather thimble which I had to wear in the end and it is better than the metal ones but I am still uncomfortable with the bulk of a thimble - I shall have to persevere!!

09/22/2012 Flag

Looks very nice! Great fabric!

11/28/2012 Flag

Thank you - it has been great fun to wear.

11/28/2012 Flag

Hi - to those who wanted to see me wearing the dress - sorry sorry - I do have a photo but I cannot upload it as the site says the pic is too tall???? ah well - will try to remember to take another pic next time I wear the dress.

12/01/2012 Flag

Love your belt closing for buckle. Looks great. How does the dress fit?

04/01/2013 Flag