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Vintage inspired Tessuti Couture Dress

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Fitted bodice with spiral wire boning

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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 Romantic, Classic
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What materials did you use? 100% French Polyester in Red Flame, 100% polyester bemsilk lining, 100% cotton flannel, 100% cotton shapewell, 100% silk satin organza, German spiral wire boning.

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What are you most proud of? Winning 3rd place in the Tessuti Awards! I spent many hours working on this dress. I'm proud to have designed, drafted, fitted and handmade my first couture dress. I spent over 100 hours making it, including three toiles and four fittings. I meticulously hand stitched elements of it for a couture result. It is worth every stitch and time taken. I can't wait to make this dress again for a client.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take the time to plan out your couture project. Make up to three or four toiles if you need to and fit it carefully each time. Use good quality fabrics, avoid steaming taffeta if your iron drips as it will stain. Use removable chalk powder and hole punch you pattern to transfer the markings with a pounce, then thread trace all seams. Waxed transfer papers will not come out of your cloth. Always use a pressing cloth for pressing, silk organza is fabulous!

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One of the most stunning dresses I have seen. Absolutely love the colour and the huge ruffle on the front. Well done, just beautiful!

12/14/2014 Flag

Oh my gosh....I'm at a loss here for words! Breathtaking, just stunning!

12/21/2015 Flag

So impressive and just beautiful! How did you learn to fit? I am self teaching myself; watching every video and taking online classes and I am really struggling with fitting the muslin. Did you take classes? Or are there books you can recommend?

02/16/2016 Flag

Looks like 1st place to me. I love vintage. That is absolutely stunning .

02/18/2016 Flag

Wow! Absolutely beautiful!!

07/12/2016 Flag