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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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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Cute, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Silk organza for the interlining, a sateen poplin for the dress in a green/white pattern. I may also make a second version with a purple multi-colored fashion fabric.

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What are you most proud of? Just signing up for the Couture Dress class and making a project for myself! I usually sew for other people, so turning the focus on myself is new for me.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just do it! I think anyone can sew. The prep time is what puts people off, but I find the prep time (pattern adjustments, muslin-making, etc) is like solving a puzzle. Putting a dress together is like a fabric-based game of Tetris - you have to make the pieces fit!

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I too enjoy the process. How fun!

03/07/2012 Flag
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You muslin looks great. Did you finish the dress?

04/30/2012 Flag

Not yet. I'm feeling better and my back has improved greatly, so I will be completing the dress soon. Fortunately, I live in the South, so I'll have several more months of hot weather in which to wear it!

07/17/2012 Flag

I have not been able to finish the dress YET. I will. I injured my back and have been in too much pain to do much but go to work and then to bed. Fortunately, I finally had an MRI and got in to see a spine doctor so I'm healing as I write this! I don't have anything major wrong, so I'll be back to sewing SOON! I have missed it. So, once I have more pics, and get the dress a little further down the way, I'll post them. Thanks!

04/30/2012 Flag

I hope you're well on your way to recovery by now.

07/17/2012 Flag

Dang it, back problems can be awful. I am in SC, and yes it has been nice here still so I am sure you will be able to wear it when you finish it. What was your ideas to get rid of the extra fullness just under the arms?

11/15/2012 Flag

I really don't have an idea for that. Yet. Armscyes are my mortal enemies for the moment. But I will come out on top eventually

11/15/2012 Flag

Armscyes are my mortal enemies at the moment. But I will come out on top! Once the light bulb comes on, I"ll be off and running!

11/15/2012 Flag