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Proud as a peacock: Mother of the Bride

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On the big day, dress with coat

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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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Formal / Bridal, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Silk brocade, silk organza underlining, bemberg lining.

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What are you most proud of? Getting the fit right: this took a duct tape dummy, a sewing buddy, many tears of frustration, and perseverance...I am NOT an easy shape to fit, especially when adapting a vintage pattern. I had to devise full bust alterations for both, which was difficult on the dress particularly because of the style lines. I messed up the pattern cutting for the dress bodice, and had to do some very very tricky pattern matching: the fabric is from Korea, and was very narrow. I ended up using cable ties inside the front neckline to keep the shape, as the fabric is very fluid!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Get a sewing buddy: I could never have finished this without help, the waistline and hem caused special problems!

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Fabulous!! You look beautiful and proud and what a gorgeous fabric to choose for such a special day. Nice fit too. Congratulations!

11/28/2012 Flag

Thank you!

11/28/2012 Flag

Congrats! Dress and coat combo looks great

01/20/2013 Flag


02/02/2013 Flag

I am in awe as you made your own outfit for the wedding as well as your daughters beautiful wedding dress. You are just too clever for words! You so deserve to be proud as a peacock!

04/21/2013 Flag
sha on sha

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments...I'm working on 2 more wedding outfits right now, may post here in due course!

04/26/2013 Flag

Demented Fairy Hi to my fellow Brummie.....................gosh, the outfit is beautiful and the colour suits you so well. It was worth the time and the tears, you look stunning. You must be so thrilled with your outfit and your daughters too. Sure it was a fabulously happy day.

05/05/2013 Flag