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Dupion silk dress

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The finished dress

Created in this Craftsy class

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 Formal / Bridal, Classic
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What materials did you use? Teal dupion silk, silk organza underlining, silk crepe de chine lining

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What are you most proud of? I'm proud I managed to stick with it and finish it. I was a massive job and I only had an hour and a half sleep on the night before the wedding because I was working solidly through the night to complete it. I'm also very pleased that it fits like a glove, the open back is a perfect close fit and doesn't gape at all and that's due to the careful fitting of the muslin

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Manage your time better than I did. It took much much longer than sewing something with standard techniques but it was a very enjoyable process. This dress needs extremely careful fitting so that the back doesn't gape. I did two muslins for the bodice because I made so many alterations to the first one I wanted to cut a second off it just to make sure that it was going to fit perfectly

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I am looking at your beautiful dress. When you work with this fabric, did you put interfacing on all fabric before you cut the pattern? I tried to make a dress with a silky fabric and it was a disaster. I want to try again and I need the secret.

05/05/2012 Flag

I used the techniques in the Craftsy Couture Dress class taught by Susan Khalje. All the pieces are underlined with silk organza. I would recommend taking the class, I learned a lot and Susan is very helpful and answers questions if you're not sure about anything

05/06/2012 Flag

Love it......and the shoes!

05/12/2012 Flag

What a beautiful dress and fabric! Well done!

06/27/2012 Flag

Beautiful dress! I am with you completely: This class has fed my sewing mojo to a depth I didn't think possible! I'm now addicted to sewing in this manner!

06/29/2012 Flag

Me too! Even when I don't use the hand sewing techniques I still use the toile to get a perfect fit and then cut the garment from it

07/01/2012 Flag

Did you draft your own pattern, alter the pattern from the class, or did you buy a different pattern? If you used a different pattern, which one did you use? I think it looks great.

08/11/2012 Flag

Sorry... I see the info now... Missed it on my iPhone:)

08/11/2012 Flag