Couture techniques – what I learnt

SI finally finished my couture dress a couple of weeks ago and these are the main things I learnt from the Craftsy.com course.

  • The idea of cutting out a pattern with a 5/8” seam allowance included is ridiculous.  It’s the stitching lines that are important so mark these on to the paper pattern, transfer them to the fabric and cut leaving sufficient excess material for fitting adjustments.
  • The importance of making a toile.  Make a mock-up of the garment, fit it and make the necessary adjustments so that you know the finished article will be OK.  When you’re happy, take it apart and use it to cut the fashion fabric.
  • How to interline a garment as well as line it.
  • How and when to use catch stitch and pick stitch (or was it prick stitch?).
  • Inserting a zip by hand.
  • Take your time, enjoy each stage and don’t rush.
  • Don’t be frightened of using couture techniques.  They are logical and give a much better end result.  Once you’ve used them, you won’t want to go back to your old ways.

I’d highly recommend the Craftsy course.  The process from start to finish is clearly explained and demonstrated and it’s a really satisfying experience.

I’m now following another of their courses ‘Design and sew an A-line skirt’, which teaches you how to take your measurements and use them to create a pattern.  However, I’m then sewing the garment using couture techniques.

What project are you working on at the moment? 

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