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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 Petite
Style Classic
Jackie G. on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? 100% lightweight wool for dress, 100% silk charmeuse for lining, silk organza for underlining

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What are you most proud of? Taking the time to actually follow all the directions, down to purchasing the correct materials, notions and fabrics so that I can truly experience the process as it is being taught, instead of rushing out and using non-recommended fabrics/notions. I'll edit this as I complete the project.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Ask questions. Get help with fitting, even if you have to call a professional tailor or alterations person to help you fit the pattern correctly if you are making this for yourself. Even with a "dressform double" the fitting process is a challenge for me and I need the extra hand/eyes of another person. I've got a lot invested in this class and process (emotionally) and I am doing it so I can make my OWN well-fitting garments. A helper is a huge bonus, even if it is an inexperienced person to pin where you say, the help really makes a difference is self fitting.

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This looks awesome. You've done a spectacular job so far. Can't wait to see your finished product!!!!!!

03/11/2012 Flag

Thank you, but right now I'm stalled by fitting issues and making alterations. When I get stumped, I tend to stop instead of pressing on. Wish I could run over to Susan's studio today and get some help!

03/11/2012 Flag

I have a really nice, custom dress form, but still need a friend for fitting. My body is squishy, and my dress form is firm! So as good as they are, dressforms are only good up to a point. Keep soldiering on -- you'll get there! And once you have a muslin and patterns that truly fits, you're good to go for anything you want to make for yourself.

03/19/2012 Flag

Looks great! I know that fabric -- lovely!

04/02/2012 Flag

For the time being - I have abandonded this specific pattern and made a linen summer dress with the same methods taught in this class. It is amazing, if I do say so myself. So for those of you waiting to see the results of THIS pattern, it may be a long time, if ever! But, who knows. . . maybe it just needs to cook little in my head and go through a bit of a re-design before I finish it!

08/16/2012 Flag

did you make your own dress from?

09/08/2012 Flag