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Make It With Wool

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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 Other
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? 90% Wool and 10% Mohair - Handwoven

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What are you most proud of? Taking the time to Focus on Fit. Yes, at least 10 tries with various patterns. I had some real problem areas due to round shoulders and sway back. Learning so many new skills and techniques, available from the Couture Dress Course. I felt like I had a "Best Friend" and "Sewing Angel" with me, at every step. Of course - Finishing It!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Enjoy the process. Stay with it. Set a goal for each time you sew. Check each step, as short cuts will only compound. If it's not just right, do-over. Kathy Ruddy's Seam Slicer was always my nearest notion. Gather what you expect you will need, before you start. Since many hometowns have limited options, and many supplies may need to be ordered, don;t settle for whatever is available. Search until you find what you need. Practice your pressing techniques. This is so important for the fabric you choose. Don't let an iron ruin your project. Test your Interfacings! and your Embroidery Stabilizers! My three most important purchases were a new iron Oliso Pro (the one that does Push Ups), Dress Form (On Sale at Hancock Fabrics and Couture Womens Size Coat Hangers from the Kirby Hanger Project.

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The National Make It With Wool (MIWW) judging for the Adult Division was held on 29 Dec 2012. I received a call following the judging from the National MIWW Director, Ms Marie Lehlfedlt, that my outfit had been selected as 1st Place Adult Division, and that as part of my prize will be attending the National Competition to be held in San Antonio, TX! Of course, I am totally thrilled to have been selected, but just as much to be able to share this honor and experience with so many that have helped and encouraged me along the way. Your encouragement and lovely comments have made winning the National Competition even more special. When planning for your next project, and as this class highlights, consider "Making It With Wool"!

01/05/2013 Flag

Congratulations! Well deserved.

01/11/2013 Flag

Just wanted to let you know that I pinned this project onto my Pinterest board called "Make Your Own Chanel Jacket".

01/25/2013 Flag

I have a weakness for fine coats and jackets. I'm originally from Buffalo, NY, but I've been living in southern California for the last 18 years so I don't get to wear warm coats much. Your coat is beatiful and I love the camelia. I've been wanting to make some. How did you do it? Did you have a pattern?

09/09/2013 Flag

Stunningly elegant. I absolutely love the attention to every detail and how you have put together the complete look. Congratulations on your well deserved 1st place.

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