Added Feb 12, 2012
Austin, Texas, U...
My sewing buddy and I signed up for Susan Khalje’s sewing class on Craftsy.com (The Couture Dress). The class is totally awesome!! Really a terrific value if you are interested in couture techniques, and Susan is a sewing goddess. While waiting for the pattern to arrive (the class comes with a pattern) I practiced a few of the techniques Susan teaches, including making a muslin, using an interlining, basting, basting, and basting, and installing a hand-picked zipper. I didn’t sew in a lining and instead did a Hong Kong finish on the seam allowances. This took me forever but the skirt turned out super-comfortable and it feels great on. I thoroughly recommend the course!!! I used Simplicity 5914.
I made a lapped zipper. The stitches are practically invisible (though you can still see basting stitches in photo). If you are fine with something taking Forever to make, try these techniques! What’s great is everything is under your control. I find this approach to be extremely relaxing and satisfying, with very little seam ripping involved…
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