Recently I had a enforced rest and decided to use the time to improve my technical sewing knowledge and skills. So I enrolled in Susan Khajle's online course in the The Couture Dress and absolutely loved it. I learnt a heap of stuff. You can ask questions, take notes and revisit sections whenever you like - it's a great resource.
|The Couture Course at Craftsy.com|
- Respect the grain.
- If you don't understand the fabric and the fabric grain and take particular care when lining the pattern pieces up on the grain, the garment will never sit right, ever.
- Focus on the stitching/seam line, not the cutting line.
- The seam line is what determines the fit of the dress, not the cutting line. Leaving extra seam allowance will allow for fit adjustments.
- Make a muslin.
- This will allow you to test the garment fit and make any changes before cutting into your expensive fashion fabric. It can then be used as your pattern again later.
- Hand baste, hand baste, hand baste.
- Yes, time consuming but you regain control of what you're sewing the the machine. At least I do anyway.
- Interlining and lining
- Gives more body and luxury to the garment. You can also hide construction elements like hand stitching or reinforcing pieces.
- Hand stitching the zip
- Looked a whole lot easier than trying to get a machine stitched zipper right. But that may be in Susan's capable hands, I'll report back when I've tried it.
- Lastly...take the time, be patient and enjoy the process. Oh and now I know why these dresses cost so much!