I’ve mentioned before that I occasionally sew for myself, but not often. Part of the problem is that most simple, modern patterns for women’s wear involve straight lines, wide arm holes, and loose fitting styles. This is fine, except that I have these frustrating things called curves that follow me around everywhere and get in the way. Sewing something for myself requires a muslin, or worse yet (gasp!) more than one fitting.
The Couture Dress is an online class taught by the famed heroine of couture sewing, Susan Khalje. Susan’s teaching style is very detailed and clear, and I found her voice very soothing. The class is made up of 15 lessons, ranging anywhere from 20 minutes to 50 minutes and covering a range of topics including (but not limited to) these:
- Muslin assembly
- Muslin fitting
The back is gaping in the picture above because there’s no there and I was the only one around to clumsily pin the back pieces together.
Abby told me to look happier in the next picture, so here you go:
I got the darts right the first time!
There is only a little gaping at the arm pits, which will likely be fine once the sleeves are sewn on.
Abby wanted in on the fun, too, and since she’s the expert around here, I let her be my guide.
There you have it, folks. I’ll be back next sometime next week with (hopefully) a finished product! I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. In the mean time, I have two important announcements:
First: I finally learned how to use the remote with my camera! And put the camera on a tripod! My husband is so happy! Take that, camera.
Second: IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Whoohoo, I’m 32 years old today! So you should definitely leave me lots of comments saying happy birthday and how much my dress is going to rock. *wink*