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The Couture Dress

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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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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Cotton dress, muslin lining, satin lining, lace hem tape

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What are you most proud of? I love, love, love the lapped zipper. I had never done one before and this looks fantastic. I think I will always put zippers in by hand instead of by machine in the future. It is so much easier to control!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't skimp on the muslin and fitting steps. Here are more photos of my project on my blog:

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Your dress is fantastic. What type of cotton did you use? I'd like to borrow your idea and do my dress with similar colors blocks. Thank you for being an inspiration to me.

08/11/2012 Flag

Thanks! I don't have a positive answer about what I used.... I often buy fabric from a discount place that doesn't have labels. It looks like the same kind of fabric for really high thread count sheets. It almost looks shiny sometimes. Hope that helps. I am sure your dress will be great!

08/11/2012 Flag

Great job, great fit. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do seeing it.

09/12/2012 Flag


10/17/2012 Flag

I totally love it!!!!!

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09/13/2013 Flag

Looks fantastic, and fits you like a glovecongratulations on a beautiful garment!

08/23/2014 Flag