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Summer Couture Dress

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Summer Garden Dress

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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, Cute, Retro / Vintage
Janet Berry on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? The Fashion Fabric is cotton, I use cotton a lot and wanted to increase my chance of success. Lining was on the red dot sale table? Light, not slippery with a little sheen, worked great. Underpinning is a very light muslin, worked good but the dress is a bit heavy.

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What are you most proud of? I love my lining! The hand stitching process came out so well. The lining lays very flat and gives the dress a great finished look. I also like the whole underpinning concept. That is totally new to me, it makes such a great base to make your hems and the seams are much more controlled. I also love the cones in the skirt.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? 1. Buy more material then the pattern states. That is my biggest regret. I wanted the skirt much longer with a more retro look, oh well! I was not able to match up any of the print and only had a few fabric scraps left. I am 5'8' I wish I had had at least 1/2-1 yard more. I placed the piping around the waist to give it a little more finished couture look?? 2. Dont stress yourself over getting this dress done for any deadline. It takes time! 3. I have a dress form and my husband has had several improv fitting lessons but its just hard. The dress is much more tight then the muslin. I lowered the bodice and lengthed the shoulders. That is all good and the waist fits but the arm holes are to tight. I also wish I had put in the dead darts Susan explained. It falls off my shoulders. I will work on all that with round two. I will need a break but I am already excited about my next try. 4. I read that some of you are watching the whole video before you start. That would be a great idea but if you are like me you have to do to learn. I am glad I did not spend a lot of money on material for this first round. The cheaper fabric made me way less up tight about mistakes, fitting and missing a step or two.

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Very nice, and so flattering on you. I love the Spring fabric. Your next project looks very interesting too.

04/28/2014 Flag

Excellent job on the dress, it looks perfect and you look great wearing it. Great job.

05/13/2014 Flag

hi I so love this dress where do you get your patterns from, I got three dress now, after years of wearing jeans, I so want to make this . xx carol

05/31/2014 Flag

Your dress looks great!

06/12/2014 Flag

The dress looks fantastic and oh! To have such a teeny waist again....I admire your gorgeous fabric, I think it beautiful and quite timeless, I think it is A Dress that you can be proud of and get a great deal of wear from - and cost per wear is partly how we justify it isn't it?? One in a plain woven navy or tweedy cotton would look great on you too, with a contrast bias trim? Keep on sewing!!!!

03/12/2015 Flag

Thank you for all the nice comments. I have a hard time wanting to take all the time it takes to sew another couture dress but I sure learned a lot. Her class made everything I sew better.

03/12/2015 Flag