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The Couture 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 Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Linen rayon sequin fashion fabric, silk organza underling, muslin and cotton twill with extensive boning in bodice, cotton batik for lining

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What are you most proud of? That it fits and the bodice stays put no matter what I do!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be patient, challenge yourself and don't try to hurry - this type of sewing takes time, but is very rewarding.

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Love your dress.. what a great color for you. Is boning covered in the Couture Dress class or would you recommend another class? On this princess seam dressed did you use undercup boning - I'mm really not sure where to place the boning on my dress.

05/31/2014 Flag

Hi, thank you! The boning isn't really covered in the class, but Susan's book Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear was what I used. The book was available in my local library. I didn't use undercup boning as this was my 1st time using boning and there didn't seem to be a good way to do it with my pattern. I experimented with the placement on my muslin and ended up putting in a lot of boning, but my bodice is quite supportive {I'm a D cup and defying gravity at my age!} and it stays put no matter what I do. I put boning the full length of the princess seams, each side seam, on either side of the back zipper about 1" from the zip, up the middle front from waist to dip in the neckline, also on the front at a slight angle from the waist to the top edge about 2" from each side seam and from the center waist at an angle to just under my center bust. Oh yeah, 2 very short pieces at an angle from the center front top edge that helped the line of the

06/01/2014 Flag

sweetheart shape. I said it was a lot!!! It was like building a corset! But, it's quite comfortable. I just used plastic boning available at my local store - perhaps using steel spiral would have used less. As I said, this was my 1st experience, so I used what was easily at hand. Good Luck!

06/01/2014 Flag

No way could I have done this dress without The Couture Dress class - it was great.

06/01/2014 Flag

I like the batik cotton lining. It seems to me that this fabric would be much more stable than the rayon fashion fabric. Is that part of why you chose it?

11/26/2015 Flag

Thanks! I mostly chose it due to comfort - the cotton is very smooth and cool against the skin and I knew that I was going to be wearing this dress in a warm, humid climate. The 2nd dress I made, I used the cotton again in the bodice, but switched to a silky lining for the skirt and for me, that was the perfect combination!

11/26/2015 Flag