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Craftsy Student Projects: Customize Your Couture Dress

I always love seeing how different sewists interpret a sewing pattern– even more so when a pattern involves lots of small details, like a couture dress. These projects from Craftsy members were made during The Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje and are sure to impress!

Explore the ways you can customize your own couture dress:

1. Sleeve length

Woman Wearing Blue Couture Dress

Check out the couture dress Craftsy member lisap made from crushed taffeta underlined with silk organza. She even customized it with elbow length sleeves.

Woman Wearing Green Floral Couture Dress

This unique green floral cotton print Craftsy member JulieJP used for her couture dress caught our eye. The sleeve length she chose is a perfect compliment to the fabric print. This dress would be perfect for an afternoon wedding or a garden party.

Woman Blue and White Polka Dot Couture Dress

Craftsy member csliurong1412329 used a blue and white polka dot fabric for her sleeveless couture dress with a full skirt.

2. Fabrics

Silk Couture Dress

You’ll love this couture dress from Craftsy member team.mcgo662974, who created a neutral color-blocking with satin-backed Duponi silk.

Woman Wearing Herringbone Couture Dress

What a summery delight this couture dress is! Craftsy member LynnWA chose a linen plaid fabric to work with. She also used a silk lining and silk organza underlining.

Woman Wearing Yellow Dress

Wow! Look at that bright yellow linen Craftsy member Cheryl Carter used for her couture dress. This color is perfect for both spring and summer.

Woman Wearing Orange Dress

Craftsy member Hopeful Sewer opted to make a sheath version of the couture dress from an orange and white acrylic blend. Despite her frustrations with the fabric, the end result is very chic! She also made a long sleeve version with a full skirt.

Woman Wearing Floral Couture Dress

And last but not least, the gorgeous Oscar de la Renta silk twill used in Craftsy member jlgsewsandknits‘s couture dress could not be overlooked.

3. Adjust the fit

Woman Wearing Pink Plaid Couture Dress

To achieve the perfect fit, Craftsy member Miss Cara drafted her own pattern for her couture dress. She used wool, underlined it, and added a contrasting pop of color on the inside of the cap sleeve. What a nice finishing detail!

4. Add piping

Woman Wearing Blue Couture Dress

Craftsy member B Siobhan used a wool and polyester blend in a small herringbone pattern with a rayon-polyester blend lining for her couture dress. I love the contrast piping she added around the neckline and on the cuffs of the sleeves. It adds just the right amount of color.

Floral Couture Dress on a Dress Form

This colorful floral cotton print Craftsy member Janet Berry chose for her couture dress adds a unique vintage flair! She also added piping around the waistband and used a light muslin for underpinning.

5. Change the kind of skirt included

Pink Patterned Dress Modeled by Woman

Craftsy member Eunmi Kim used a graphic print for her couture dress with a circle skirt. She also made a sheath version using silk.

Woman Wearing Red Dress

The red plaid fabric Craftsy member Rach J chose sure is striking! Her long sleeve version of the dress with a straight skirt is great for work and for going out on the town.

Woman Wearing Blue Couture Dress

Craftsy member CoutureAcademic drafted an a-line skirt pattern and used a blue chino fabric for her couture dress.

6. Take hints from the runway

Woman Wearing Black couture dress

Based on a look from the Spring Summer 2012 Dolce & Gabbana show, this stunning black couture dress was sewn by Craftsy member Sewing-Princess.

Ready to make your own? Sign up for Susan Khalje’s The Couture Dress class and start sewing your own dress today!

Come back to the Craftsy Blog tomorrow to learn about different fabric embellishment techniques to try.

What details would you include on your couture dress?

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I love the way one pattern could be interpreted in so many different ways!!!


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