So… I’m off to Susan Khalje’s Couture sewing class for a week to learn all about constructing formal wear! I’m pretty excited to be able to sew for a week with other clothing makers interested in hand sewing techniques. It’s a rare person in real life who makes clothes and I look forward to blabbing about all the things that make people who don’t sew go all glossy eyed when they hear me speak sewing.
We are supposed to bring a completed muslin of our projects to make adjustments to on the first day. I decided to create my own design. A strapless pleated bodice cocktail dress with a side draped skirt made of silver silk satin. I thought I’d share the process of creating a corset bodice for a strapless dress.
Then I cut another foundation to create my design. This piece will be sewn onto the boned foundation piece. There will be three layers to the bodice in all. Outer design, inner foundation, and inner lining.
I spent awhile trying to get these pleats to look right. I ‘ll need to redo it. But not bad for my first try.Me draping in my glamorous dining room. No, I don’t have a fancy sewing room, just a little corner in my dining room with a pretty view outside.
I don’t have a laptop computer, so I won’t be able to post about my experience until I get back.
Until next week!