Couture Dress Class

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Taking the time to actually follow all the directions, down to purchasing the correct materials, notions and fabrics so that I can truly experience the process as it is being taught, instead of rushing out and using non-recommended fabrics/notions. I'll edit this as I complete the project. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Ask questions. Get help with fitting, even if you have to call a professional tailor or alterations person to help you fit the pattern correctly if you are making this for yourself. Even with a "dressform double" the fitting process is a challenge for me and I need the extra hand/eyes of another person. I've got a lot invested in this class and process (emotionally) and I am doing it so I can make my OWN well-fitting garments. A helper is a huge bonus, even if it is an inexperienced person to pin where you say, the help really makes a difference is self fitting.

What you will need

  • 100% lightweight wool for dress
  • 100% silk charmeuse for lining
  • silk organza for underlining

Q&A with Jackie G.

Surgery tech asked:
Do you have to have a dress form for the best fit? I can't wait to see your finished dress.
Jackie G. answered:
This is a duct tape double of me, and it only gets close to being fit correctly. For instance, I fit to the form, then tried it on and found tharp the square neckline is too wide on my real body, which doesn't show on the form. My real body is soft and my shoulders are not really as squared as the form is. I also found that the back needed more altering than my form suggested. As Susan may have suggested early on in a Q & A, the form is basically best downside red a "hanger" of sorts, for general idea. Your best bet, as mommy bird states, is fitting on yourself. If you do buy a generic forem, you will likely still need to pad it to match your shape and measurements even more than just turning dials for waist, bust, measurements etc.
pagen268453 asked:
This looks awesome. You've done a spectacular job so far. Can't wait to see your finished product!!!!!!
Jackie G. answered:
Thank you, but right now I'm stalled by fitting issues and making alterations. When I get stumped, I tend to stop instead of pressing on. Wish I could run over to Susan's studio today and get some help!

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