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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:|
|Style||Cute, Retro / Vintage, Romantic|
What materials did you use? The Fashion Fabric is cotton, I use cotton a lot and wanted to increase my chance of success. Lining was on the red dot sale table? Light, not slippery with a little sheen, worked great. Underpinning is a very light muslin, worked good but the dress is a bit heavy.
What are you most proud of? I love my lining! The hand stitching process came out so well. The lining lays very flat and gives the dress a great finished look. I also like the whole underpinning concept. That is totally new to me, it makes such a great base to make your hems and the seams are much more controlled. I also love the cones in the skirt.
What advice would you give someone starting this project? 1. Buy more material then the pattern states. That is my biggest regret. I wanted the skirt much longer with a more retro look, oh well! I was not able to match up any of the print and only had a few fabric scraps left. I am 5'8' I wish I had had at least 1/2-1 yard more. I placed the piping around the waist to give it a little more finished couture look?? 2. Dont stress yourself over getting this dress done for any deadline. It takes time! 3. I have a dress form and my husband has had several improv fitting lessons but its just hard. The dress is much more tight then the muslin. I lowered the bodice and lengthed the shoulders. That is all good and the waist fits but the arm holes are to tight. I also wish I had put in the dead darts Susan explained. It falls off my shoulders. I will work on all that with round two. I will need a break but I am already excited about my next try. 4. I read that some of you are watching the whole video before you start. That would be a great idea but if you are like me you have to do to learn. I am glad I did not spend a lot of money on material for this first round. The cheaper fabric made me way less up tight about mistakes, fitting and missing a step or two.