Online Class

The Couture Dress

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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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What You Get

  • 15 streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials including pattern (mailed separately)
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Susan Khalje
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Stop searching the ready-to-wear racks and learn how to sew a dress that fits like a dream! Award-winning couturier, author and television personality Susan Khalje will show you how to make a dress in this Craftsy class. Once Susan teaches you essential couture sewing techniques, you will have the skills to adapt the included Vogue pattern to create whatever dress you need — a swingy summer sleeveless, a classic winter-weight sheath with three-quarter sleeves or an elegant cocktail dress in seasonless black lace.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet couture designer, author and television personality Susan Khalje.
2. Muslin 1: Pin & Cut
3. Muslin 2: Assembly
4. Muslin 3: Fitting
5. Muslin 4: Finishing
6. Underlining 1: Pin & Cut
7. Underlining 2: Fashion Fabric
8. Construction 1: Basting
9. Construction 2: Assembly
10. Construction 3: Seams & Stitches
11. Sleeves
12. Zippers
13. Hems
14. Lining
15. Finishing Touches

Additional Supplies Needed

Taught by

Susan Khalje
Susan Khalje
Couturier and author Susan Khalje received her professional training at the New York couture salon Chez Cez et Bez, and worked as a fashion designer and manufacturing supervisor on Seventh Avenue. The author of two books on fine garment sewing, Linen and Cotton and Bridal Couture, Susan established The Couture Sewing School in 1993 to teach fine sewing techniques across the country, and she annually takes a group of students to Paris for an insider's look at the couture arts. Susan, who lives and works in Baltimore, was recently honored with the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals' Lifetime Achievement Award.
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