Like most women I know I work and mummy and that leaves little time for folly. Sewing is my folly. But at home my folly is interrupted by general home stuff.
I’ve dreamed of going to Baltimore since reading Poppykettle’s blog in 2014? However realistically the time required ajust hoped Susan would continue working long enough to buy me some time (like 15 years).
I followed the instructions Susan sent, whihc are very detailed, and takes a fair bit of time to trace the seam lines of the pattern, then thread trace with a machine, then assemble. I started with a 12 which was a touch too tight (see below) so remade a 14.
I then stalked Emma one Sock and Mendelg Goldberg for qulait discounted fabrics. I bought some Theory wool crepe and some black scuba from EOS ( i have seent hs dress doen in scuab a few times, and it is te bomb) I also scored some “cutoure” black stuff from Mendel Goldberg, whhc when it arrived was quite bling, ine sid emore than the other.
I was a bit apprehnesive aboqut working with the grande dame of couture classes, but Susan is a delight. No ones skills or ideas are unworkable. No disaster can’t be fixed. She dealt with all our skillsets and patterns and fabrics and tears with expertise and grace and joy. It was wonderful.
Susan led off by discussing herself, coutoure sewing “anything less is a compromise”, qnd we introduced ourselves. Then we introduced our projects and fabrics. Typical of my inability to make decisions, I produced all 3 fabrics. Susan warned me off scuba and remined by others than it might be a bit inqpporpiate for Perth weather. I was encourage by Susan, and basically bullied by the other stdents to use the cutoure fabric, bling side!
The process starts with us putting on our muslins, in which fitting changes are made on the body. The muslin becomes the pattern, and that is transfered onto silk organza. The silk organza is thread basted to the fashion fabric along the seam lines, which is cut with massive seam allowances. The garment is assembled, for further fittings, before finally being sewn, and finished with lots of hand sewing.
Its time consuming, but allows for a fabulous fit, and precision. The zip was hand picked ( or pricked, but that word makes me chuckle).
I’ve signed up to both the Craftsy skirt class and Susan’s French Jacket class. (added to the “to make list” 2017).