Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Couture techniques class project

This semester I took Couture Techniques taught by Lynda Maynard, who is the author of The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results.  It was a short course, and lecture only, but was filled with great techniques for finishing garments.  The whole class was worth it for the reminders to staystitch curves and steam & stretch bias strips before use.
From the Stash:
  • celery silk dupioni (from JoAnns)
  • synthetic organza (from my sister)
For our class project we made either samples, or garments, that used techniques in the book.  One of my favorites a wide hem either made from bias or ribbon, curved hems require bias and straight hems can be either bias or ribbon.  This provides a vey nice completely finished hem.  The other technique in this garment is a double fold bias binding.  All the bias strips are cut from yardage of silk dupioni.

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