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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, Retro / Vintage, Cute
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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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

Hello Janet, I love the dress you have made. I am just about to start the same version in a light weight cotton print that will, like yours, be difficult to match. I think your idea of the binding.around the midriff is good as it are more definition, and gives a break between pieces where you cannot pattern match. May I ask if you cut the midriff pieces on the bias, and whether you thought that adversely affected such a bold print? I have recently posted a question to Susan about what to use as interlining for the skirt, as I thought my material would need a bit of body to show off the flare. Your skirt looks to be a great success with the muslin interlining. Like you, I have a mannequin and a husband who is not what you would call an experienced fitter! It is so hard to fit your own dressmaking - I sympathise! Unfortunately I have to work to a deadline - my granddaughter's Christening in August.... So I had better get started! Happy sewing. Marian

06/04/2015 Flag

I replied on the site, forgot to reply direct

06/04/2015 Flag

Hi Marian I cut the midriff pieces on the straight grain. I would suggest you don't cut the little pieces and just do one front, it doesn't add anything but extra seam bulk around your middle, who needs that! Best of luck

06/04/2015 Flag

Thanks. Can't wait to get started - cutting out the muslin tomorrow!

06/04/2015 Flag

Absolutely gorgeous dress! On you, even MORE stunning!! Which pattern is this?

10/18/2015 Flag