Couture sewing with Susan Khalje

I absolutely adore couture sewing, for me, it’s a wonderful creative world that I can escape too and it challenges me in ways that regular sewing does not.

The Couture Dress Susan Khalje

I’ve been following Susan Khalje for some time, I love the way she teaches Couture Sewing. During the Christmas holiday, I’ll be taking her Craftsy course, The Couture Dress. Next year, I’ll have the opportunity to take a live couture class for an entire week.

Imagine my surprise, when I learned that this awesome lady is local! I had to reread that tidbit a few times before it sunk in and so next year around my birthday, I’ll be taking a week away from work to participate in one of her local classes. I’ve included the description below.

Between now and October 2015, I have plenty of time to brush up on some of my couture sewing skills (and learn new techniques also) don’t you think?


The Couture Sewing School

At the Couture Sewing School, six intensive days are devoted to creating your garment—it can be sophisticated day wear, evening wear, a wedding gown, the little black dress—the choice is yours. It can be for yourself, for a friend, or it can be a sample. You’ll be incorporating into your project the couture techniques and details that go into Susan Khalje’s exquisite garments. You’ll prepare a muslin ahead of time, and after Susan perfects the fit, you’ll begin working on your garment.

The cost of the 2015 Couture Sewing School ranges from $1250–1500 depending on location. An initial deposit is required and the final balance is due 30 days before the start of the class. This class includes 6 full days of instruction.
Students Will:

Fine-tune the fit of the muslin and adapt it for project use Choose and work with appropriate underlinings and linings Learn expert techniques for difficult fabrics
Learn about boning, inner structure, and engineering
Take a close look at a number of Susan Khalje’s garments, including many from her articles in Threads Magazine And most importantly of all, construct your garment using couture techniques, under Susan Khalje’s close supervision Anyone with solid sewing skills and a passion for learning will benefit from the class, and from the camaraderie of working with fellow enthusiastic sewers. Classes are small to allow for individual attention.

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