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Leopard and Rose Couture-ish Dress

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She kept making weird faces.

Created in this Craftsy class

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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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Cute, Classic, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Quilting cotton for the shell and cotton/ploy bastiste for the bodice lining

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What are you most proud of? While I constructed the dress by machine, I did a lot couture details for the first time in the engineering of the dress. There's an elastic stay in the neckline to keep it from gaping (and also to allow a little more ease in the bodice to accomodate some growing she still has to do), a waist stay, a horsehair hem, a bra stay ( a piece of boning sewn into the back that she tucks into her bra to keep the bra from sneaking up over the dress back), and boning (though I've done boning quite a bit before). I'm quite proud that the straps are pretty much decorative because the dress stays up and in place quite soundly on its own without them.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I really like Mary Adams's dress pattern, but it wasn't until I had already started cutting that I noticed that the seam allowance was only 3/8ths! I made it work, but I'd definitely advise making a larger seam allowance (like Susan insists on, but I had already stated sewing this project before I bought and watched the class).

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So cute! What an awesome sister you are.

12/14/2012 Flag

Lol, and I also just spent the past hour adding in-seam pockets that she realized she needed.

12/14/2012 Flag

She'll never forget that dress, and she'll always have warm feelings toward you for having made it.

12/15/2012 Flag

Terrific - The fabric is perfect for this young lady!! It has personality as it appears she does.

12/22/2012 Flag

Your expertise and skill at your age are very impressive-- it's obvious you have the potential for an abundance of gorgeous creations in your future.

12/28/2012 Flag