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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!

Skill Level



Pattern Mailed to You
Pattern Mailed to You
Online Lessons
Online Lessons

What You Get

  • 15 streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources including a printable supply list and instructions on muslin-making, installing linings and zippers, and hand stitching
  • Vogue 8648 dress pattern (Please allow up to 14 business days in the US and up to 5 weeks internationally)
  • 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.
  • Enjoy your class on any device anytime.
  • Watch for your pattern in the mail!

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

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Taught by

Susan Khalje
Susan Khalje
Couturière and author Susan Khalje received her professional training at a New York couture salon 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. 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, has been honored with the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vogue Misses'/Misses' Petites

Bust (in.)29 1/2"30 1/2"31 1/2"32 1/2"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"
Chest (in.)27 1/2"28 1/2"29 1/2"30 1/2"32"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"
Waist (in.)22"23"24"25"26 1/2"28"30"32"34"37"39"41 1/2"
Hip (in.)31 1/2"32 1/2"33 1/2"34 1/2"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"50"
Back Waist Length (in.)15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"17 1/4"17 1/2"17 3/4"18"
Petite Back Waist Length (in.)14"14 1/4"14 3/4"15"15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"

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