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Summer Couture for the Countryside

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Half Finished - it's taking on a form!

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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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What advice would you give someone starting this project? For busy women (and men), instead of being overwhelmed with all the steps involved, divide the steps into baby steps. Oh, and take well deserved breaks.

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Thanks, Miss Cara! I didn't realize this class came with a pattern from browsing the pictures. Might have to take this one eventually...hugs!

09/01/2015 Flag

You are welcome, and that would be an excellent choice to pick this class, it's one of the iconic craftsy courses that has influenced many home sewers. I can't wait to see your finished garment.

09/01/2015 Flag

This is lovely! Did you keep the center seam down the front of the skirt? If so, how does that wear/hang for you? I didn't care for the look in my muslin and was wondering if it disappears in the fashion material.

02/16/2016 Flag

Yes, the center seam was left down the center. It gets "lost" in the skirt, and it's hardly noticeable. I'm sure if you eliminate the seam, you'll love your dress, but it may be difficult to do so with such large pieces. But, I love how experimental you are. Go for it!

02/16/2016 Flag

Very,very nice. What type of fabric did you use?

03/11/2016 Flag

Thank you. It's most likely a polyester/cotton blend, it was purchased at JoAnn's.

03/11/2016 Flag

Beautifully done! Pat yourself on the back! :) Did you use a waist stay for your dress? If so, did you use petersham, grosgrain, or a different type of waist stay material?

04/03/2016 Flag

Hello - what you see are straps to assist with the weight on a hanger. It's a heavy dress and I didn't want all the weight stretching the shoulders, so I decided to distribute the weight from the waistline.

04/03/2016 Flag

Hello Miss Cara! I actually posted to your project once before - very lovely dress! I am making the same dress for my daughter and have run into a wall on how to handle the hem. I have catch-stitched the horsehair braid along the hem line. Now, it is time to fold the seam up over the horsehair braid. I wrote Susan K. and asked her how to do this. She said she sewed the lace onto the fashion fabric with a machine first, then flipped over the seam and hand stitched the other side of the lace to the interlining. She does not tell me how she gathered the fabric to fit the new smaller circumference. When I study her full skirt dress, it looks like the fashion fabric has been gathered underneath the lace.. How did you handle your hem? Can you give me a step by step...in as much detail as possible? I am so close, yet so far away from finishing this project! Any help you can give is much appreciated! Thank you!

04/06/2016 Flag

There are several ways to hem this circle skirt. I'll provide two off the top of my head: 1.) ease the hem (gather) to fit the smaller circumference. Sew two basting stitches along edge of dress, then pull the top threads and carefully gather around. Catch stitch to the underlining. 2. Create a pattern by making an identical facing for the bottom edge of the skirt that's maybe 2 inches tall. With right sides facing, sew the bottom hem and your new facing piece together. Flip up and catch stitch to underlining. Perfect match.

04/06/2016 Flag