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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 Whimsical, Funky, Romantic, Retro / Vintage, Cute
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What materials did you use? Black Satin underlined with silk organza.

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that I was able to create this dress without a set pattern for it. I blended two different dress patterns and altered the front bodice to add the center sheer panel. I am also proud of the couture techniques that went into this dress. It came out perfectly and fits my friend like a dream...or a custom garment :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Always take the time to make a muslin before starting a project. I actually had to make two muslins - the first one was an entire size too big! It would have been quite the challenge to try to resize the dress if I hadn't made a muslin beforehand. It also took some time for me to figure out the center panel and I would have ruined the fashion fabric with all the ripping out and re-evaluating that had to be done.

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this is great... what a visionary! did you do some drawings first? do you have other projects of this sophistication level?

09/12/2012 Flag

Wow, thank you so much. I didn't do any drawings since I was imitating a dress I saw in a music video. This was my first dress to incorporate couture techniques, so it is by far my best. I have another couture dress half-way done, but I've gotten pulled off onto other projects and haven't finished either one yet! I will be sure to post other projects as I finish them. The craftsy community is so kind and helpful. These wonderful comments certainly help me feel more confident in my sewing and I so enjoy seeing everyone else's creations.

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10/17/2012 Flag

Thank you!

12/27/2012 Flag

Gosh that looks beautifully finished.

12/27/2012 Flag

Thank you very much!

12/27/2012 Flag

Looks great!

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