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Couture practice skirt

Added Feb 12, 2012

by skeeler

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…

Material Notes

Yummy Japanese cotton; cotton batiste for interlining




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    May 22, 2012, 11.18 PMby baroness

    This lady knows how to dress. Love the skirt / polo neck combination. :)

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    Feb 15, 2012, 06.19 PMby domestic-divaonline

    The class sounds great. Kudos to you for taking away so much from it!

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    Feb 14, 2012, 12.36 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    I must check out that class! You did a really nice job on that one. Me, I’m not sure I would have had the patience!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.28 PMby Jeyco

    you finished the skirt very nicely! i can see how much you are happy in the photo :) happy sewing!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 06.27 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    wow that looks so well done! lucky you, to do this class. i wish i could join you! have fun, and tell us, what you learned there!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 01.34 AMby kimaoliver

    It’s beautiful Susan! All that patience definitely paid off, and the fit is perfect!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 11.14 PMby jennyrecorder

    Love your workmanship, you’re convincing me that this course is worth it:)

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    Feb 12, 2012, 09.57 PMby jenny walker

    Beautiful! I was thinking about taking that course, maybe i will

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    Feb 12, 2012, 09.54 PMby hanlight

    Beautiful finish! I have just enrolled on this course too, greatly anticipating the arrival of my pattern!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 09.58 PMby skeeler

      I see you took Gertie’s course on craftsy too…I think the technology they have is really cool. It’s so helpful to be able to view the videos over and over and ask questions! Have fun with your couture dress!

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    Feb 12, 2012, 09.52 PMby patti-r

    Great Job!! Inside finishes look great too!!! Thanks for sharing you experience with us!!!

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      Feb 12, 2012, 09.57 PMby skeeler

      thank you!

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