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Charlottes couture evening dress

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 Romantic, Classic
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What materials did you use? Silk dupion for the main fabric Silk organza for the interlining Silk habotai for the lining Cotton for the inner boned bodice. Steel spiral boning. Petersham waist stay belt Petersham in black on the outside of the dress at the waist.

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What are you most proud of? I finally made a boned bodice and it is something I had wanted to try for a long time. Buying the bombshell course helped me achieve that. Susan's couture course gave me added confidence to go forward and alter the Vogue pattern ( v2237) by using the lower section and adding the bodice to it. I had to alter the bodice of the bombshell pattern quite a bit to fit, and then re-grade the vogue pattern of the skirt one size down and re position the darts on the skirt pattern. Having watched the couture dress course through, I gained the confidence to go for it and make a dress that was unique to my daughter. I am proud of the hand stitching in this dress and how professional it looks.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure you follow the excellent guidance of your course tutor and make a toile first.........that helps in knowing when you cut into your expensive fabric, that it is going to fit exceptionally well and be tailored to your individual needs. Thanks so much to Susan Khalje and Gertie, couldn't have done this without them!!

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I'm in awe of your work here! This is a stunning dress and your daughter looks so beautiful.

09/08/2013 Flag

Thanks so much, if I can do it anyone can. The instructions from the Craftsy Tutors built my confidence.

09/09/2013 Flag

Susan has really opened many eyes as to how to sew with confidence and success as you have shown here! Well done! We just need Susan to do at least one more course please!!!!

11/30/2013 Flag

Marriane, I couldn't agree with you more. I have lobbyed Craftsy, as Susan's expertise and style of teaching is exceptional. Yes, more courses from Susan PLEASE!!

12/13/2013 Flag

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11/30/2013 Flag

Excellent! So beautiful!

01/14/2014 Flag

Thank you so much. I am overwhelmed by the response to me posting this project. Thank you for your kind words.

06/03/2016 Flag

You are a gifted designer and seamstress!! So creative. I bet your daughter feels like a million bucks wearing your creation....she certainly looks stunning!!

05/27/2016 Flag

Oh, Susane thank you so much for your lovely comments. I do enjoy the slow process of completing work like this. I am not a fast sewist and prefer to enjoy each stage as I go along. Rather frustrating for my daughter, who wants the finished item, but I think she appreciates the effort and time imput to each project I make for her.

05/28/2016 Flag