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Couture Dress - Burgundy Woven

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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 Women
Style Cute, Classic
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What materials did you use? Medium-weight woven cotton fashion fabric with a white cotton-silk blend lining.

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What are you most proud of? Learning and using the tip about selvedge stays for the waistband pieces. It made a huge difference - night and day.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Watch the entire "Couture Dress" course before starting - it really helps clarify the process and gives you ideas for what you could do with your dress. I'll be updating my project as I go along. Regarding my muslin: I'm another sewer who doesn't yet have a mannequin or anyone to help out, so that photo is mainly to mark progress. I ironed and fitted it more carefully (without a t-shirt underneath) after taking the photo. I have a long waist: my bodice has 2" added to it, with the waistband at its original proportions. After sewing up the dress, I highly recommend having at least a mannequin, and ideally someone to help you. I was not able to get the fit I'd hoped for on my own. The front is OK, but the back has some puffiness that it probably wouldn't if I'd had someone to help fit that hard-to-reach area.

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I am anxious to see your progress. I have stalled a bit with a fitting issue that I won't be able to resolve until first week of April. I love your fabric and am inspired by you posting your project. It helps to know others are working through the same project.

03/22/2012 Flag

Thank you! It helps motivate me to get moving :) Still need to sew my muslin. It's nice to take time like this though, I've found this course to be great for allowing yourself a lot of carefulness.

03/23/2012 Flag

Fabric is very nice choice. Take your time on the muslin. You might want to check the armhole size. Others on Craftsy and myself found the armholes run small. Keep up the good work and keep posting.

04/19/2012 Flag

Thank you for posting a photo. I'm inspired by your muslin sewn together. I just cut out my muslin fabric so I have a way to go.

05/08/2012 Flag

love your dress!

07/19/2012 Flag

This is really a lovely dress, love the color! I just received my pattern and have a lot of work ahead of me. Looking at all the dresses inspires me.

03/08/2013 Flag