Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sew Right



They had me at “couture.” Craftsy, the online craft tutorial website that I didn’t even know existed, sent me an email: Would I like to take the class “The Couture Dress” with sewing instructor Susan Khalje? Why, yes I would! I don’t think I’ll become the kind of gal who is sewing her entire wardrobe, like my favorite sewing blogger, Erica of Erica B’s D.I.Y. Style, but I knew that all these fashion exhibits I go to would eventually lead me back to the sewing machine, just to practice making clothes.

My mother taught me to sew (thank you Mom!) and is a far better seamstress than I am. She actually DID make her own clothes in high school on a Singer machine called “Fashion Mate” (love it!) and if I have a sewing or fabric question I usually ask her first.

“The Couture Dress” class comes with hours of instruction, your access to the class never expires, and they send you the Vogue Pattern that Susan uses to make the dress, V8648. I am only partway in so I will have to get back to you on how it’s going.



I am not nearly sweet enough to wear a circular skirt (Dress F), so I’m thinking I will make Dress C in a solid color like navy or Dress B in black, with a white center.

Of course, before I actually start to make this dress, I have one other project to finish, which I started last summer.



The only things left to do to complete this skirt are slipstitch the waistband into place, add the hook and eye, and hem it. Have I done any of these things yet? No I have not.



I still love this unusual black eyelet which I bought last year from Mood Fabrics in Manhattan. I will wear this skirt with either a black or nude slip underneath or it’s going to be like that famous photo of Lady Diana holding the hands of children and yet you can see right through her skirt. Does anybody else remember this picture?

6 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am so impressed Jill...by the fact that you would tackle this and by your work!! My mother tried several times to teach me and I really regret not learning..in this case, she was right!! Really lovely job!

Chicatanyage said...

I have to admit that I used to own a Singer sewing machine and make quite a few of my clothes. Those days are definitely gone I can't imagine doing it now. Good luck with yours.

Adrienne Shubin said...

Oh how I wish I had learned to sew.
I like the dress patterns you have chosen. I can see you in B...that is a great shape.

I adore your skirt! I hope you finish it in time for warmer months ahead. It's very pretty. xo, A

Jeanne said...

OMG, do I remember sewing my sack dresses and all of those Vogue patterns...what on earth did I do with them. I transferred all of my sewing energies to making baby dolls from scratch and loved every minute of it. I like your selection for a dress(can't wait to see a finished product) and your skirt is divine! Thanks for a great post!
XO Jeanne

Terri said...

So this class is entirely online? What a cool approach to learning how to sew again.

That black eyelet would look fantastic with a royal blue slip underneath!

Serene McEntyre said...

I DO remember that picture!! LOL That takes me back! What a beautiful skirt you're making...I'm with Terri, just pop an interesting slip under that baby and you'll be good to go! Hugs! ~Serene