Copyright (c) 2017 en-us Threads - SusanKhalje's posts Threads - SusanKhalje's posts Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:33:02 -0500 Threads - SusanKhalje's posts Threads - SusanKhalje's posts <![CDATA[Sewing Inspiration: Susan Khalje Shares Couture Work by Her Students]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:00 -0500 Sewing Inspiration: Susan Khalje Shares Couture Work by Her Students Posted by SusanKhalje
I'm often asked where I get my inspiration. Much of the time, it's from my students. I hope you'll be similarly inspired. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:39:28 -0500 Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt Posted by SusanKhalje
A skirt found in a Parisian flea market consignment shop was full of charming touches. Here, I'll give you a tour inside this tweed skirt taking a close look at its construction details found in an unexpected places. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sew a Couture Lace Skirt]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:27:07 -0500 Sew a Couture Lace Skirt Posted by SusanKhalje
An easy and wearable garment teaches essential guipure sewing techniques. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Finish Seams on Chantilly Lace]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:51 -0500 How to Finish Seams on Chantilly Lace Posted by SusanKhalje
There are a variety of methods for seaming lace. However, they can be challenging if working with delicate lace such as Chantilly. I'll show you a clever technique for finishing seams on tricky lace fabrics. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Sculpt With Pleats]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:15:00 -0500 How to Sculpt With Pleats Posted by SusanKhalje
Fold fabric like Madame Grès and create works of art. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:32:04 -0500 How to Support a Dramatic Sleeve Cap Posted by SusanKhalje
When it comes to adding support to sleeve caps, you have a variety of options: standard, shaped, extended shoulder pads, and all manner of sleeve heads. In this case, we needed something different; we needed a little internal support. ]]>
<![CDATA[Combine Topstitching and Binding for an Elegant Seam Finish]]> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:20:00 -0500 Combine Topstitching and Binding for an Elegant Seam Finish Posted by SusanKhalje
Sometimes seams need to be bound. Other times they need to be topstitched. Here, I'll show you how the two elements have been combined to produce an elegant seam finish. ]]>
<![CDATA[An Interesting Embellishment Technique]]> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:00:00 -0500 An Interesting Embellishment Technique Posted by SusanKhalje
It's rare to see something new and different in the sewing world, so I was intrigued by an embellished fabric that a student brought to class. I'll show you how to re-create this technique. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Make a Hidden Button Placket]]> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:37:53 -0500 How to Make a Hidden Button Placket Posted by SusanKhalje
This placket is subtle, simple, and easy to make. ]]>
<![CDATA[Re-create Couture Pleated Silk Organza Panels]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:49:41 -0500 Re-create Couture Pleated Silk Organza Panels Posted by SusanKhalje
There's a little more to these pleated silk organza panels than meets the eye. Here's how to make them look absolutely beautiful! ]]>
<![CDATA[Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair]]> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:07:16 -0500 Create Gentle Inner Support with Horsehair Posted by SusanKhalje
Yes, there's boning. But there are other tools at your disposal too, among them horsehair. ]]>
<![CDATA[Couture Construction]]> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Couture Construction Posted by SusanKhalje
In this article, Susan Khalje walks you through putting a garment together with couture methods. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Dye Silk Organza]]> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:42:14 -0500 How to Dye Silk Organza Posted by SusanKhalje
It can be difficult to find exactly the right shade of silk organza; especially if it's to be used under lace and meant to match one's skin tone. Here, I'll show you how I do it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Couture Techniques for a Better Fitting Waistband]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Couture Techniques for a Better Fitting Waistband Posted by SusanKhalje
Couture expert Susan Khalje shares her techniques and tips on how to add hooks, eyes, snaps, and other small finishing details to achieve a better fitting waistband. ]]>
<![CDATA[Firming Up Fabrics with Gelatine]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:56:33 -0500 Firming Up Fabrics with Gelatine Posted by SusanKhalje
Stabilizing fabrics is nothing new - and it can be a big help. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Underline Garments]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:33:16 -0500 How to Underline Garments Posted by SusanKhalje
Learn how to select the correct underlining, and how to mark it and join it to the fashion fabric. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Work with Lace Fabric]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:55:00 -0500 How to Work with Lace Fabric Posted by SusanKhalje
With these skills you will find that lace is versatile, forgiving, and surprisingly easy to sew. ]]>
<![CDATA[Eliminate Separate Facings for Elegant Edges]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 06:45:00 -0500 Eliminate Separate Facings for Elegant Edges Posted by SusanKhalje
Apply a lining to a curved neckline and an armhole edge for an elegant couture technique. ]]>
<![CDATA[Inside a Designer Jacket]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:30:00 -0500 Inside a Designer Jacket Posted by SusanKhalje
Learn the four key features of a Chanel-style jacket. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Use Pins the Right Way]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:16:12 -0500 How to Use Pins the Right Way Posted by SusanKhalje
Sometimes it's the simple things that need to be given a little thought. ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating a Minifacing]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 11:51:22 -0500 Creating a Minifacing Posted by SusanKhalje
Mini-facings, right in the corners of a square neckline, stabilize angled seams without needing separate facings. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Work of Weaver Teresa Kennard]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 07:00:00 -0500 The Work of Weaver Teresa Kennard Posted by SusanKhalje
Take a look inside the work of this talented weaver. ]]>
<![CDATA[Setting a Sleeve By Hand]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:45:00 -0500 Setting a Sleeve By Hand Posted by SusanKhalje
This lesson on sewing a sleeve into a jacket by hand is unquestionably a master class technique. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hand Understitching]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 13:45:00 -0500 Hand Understitching Posted by SusanKhalje
There are subtle differences between garments that are hand-understitched and those understitched by machine. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pretty Blue Coat]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:35:00 -0500 A Pretty Blue Coat Posted by SusanKhalje
At first glance, it's a simple little coat. But a closer look shows a number of well-thought-out details. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hanging a Garment Properly]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:56:30 -0500 Hanging a Garment Properly Posted by SusanKhalje
Certainly, the lion's share of making a garment is in the designing, the fitting and the sewing - but there are always a few little finishing details to take care of, and among those is how to hang the finished item just the right way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating Perfect Bias Fabric Loops]]> Mon, 23 May 2011 13:05:52 -0500 Creating Perfect Bias Fabric Loops Posted by SusanKhalje
It's all in the details (well, not all of it), but an otherwise nicely-made garment can be spoiled by less-than-perfect finishing touches. Here's a guide to creating perfect fabric loops. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Nice Little Suit ]]> Mon, 09 May 2011 12:36:44 -0500 A Nice Little Suit Posted by SusanKhalje
A consignment shop find is full of wonderful touches, both inside and out. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Keep Strapless Garments in Place]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:00:00 -0500 How to Keep Strapless Garments in Place Posted by SusanKhalje
Careful fitting goes a long way towards keeping a formfitting garment in place. ]]>
<![CDATA[Little Black Dress From Start to Finish]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:35:00 -0500 Little Black Dress From Start to Finish Posted by SusanKhalje
What is it that makes the little black dress so coveted? ]]>
<![CDATA[The Other Side of Couture!]]> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:31:10 -0500 The Other Side of Couture! Posted by SusanKhalje
Take a look at the beautiful jackets Mary Ellen Velky wears when competing on horseback. ]]>
<![CDATA[Inside a Silk Charmeuse Jacket]]> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Inside a Silk Charmeuse Jacket Posted by SusanKhalje
I had a chance to re-visit a jacket I'd made some time back for a client - I thought you might like to see the inside story! ]]>
<![CDATA[Create Ripple-Free Piping]]> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:55:00 -0500 Create Ripple-Free Piping Posted by SusanKhalje
Sewers of all levels can definitely tackle this wonderful design detail. ]]>
<![CDATA[Revisit Retro Details]]> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:50:00 -0500 Revisit Retro Details Posted by SusanKhalje
Learn techniques for tying knots with padded cord and how to finish a bound buttonhole. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Use Muslin]]> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:20:00 -0500 How to Use Muslin Posted by SusanKhalje
Sewing and altering a muslin test garment is time-consuming but essential to developing a beautifully fitted couture garment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Balenciaga in New York]]> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:46:36 -0500 Balenciaga in New York Posted by SusanKhalje
There's a wonderful exhibit in New York - more than 70 of the great Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga's items are on show at The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing findings on securely]]> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:10:13 -0500 Sewing findings on securely Posted by SusanKhalje
It's disappointing to look inside an otherwise nicely-sewn garment and see snaps or hooks and eyes that are poorly sewn on. Happily, couture comes to the rescue with a technique that elegantly combines form and function. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Cover Snaps]]> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 09:00:00 -0500 How to Cover Snaps Posted by SusanKhalje
Fine finishing details are a hallmark of beautifully-sewn clothing. Here's an easy technique to add to your repertoire. ]]>
<![CDATA[More Vintage Inspiration]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:53:36 -0500 More Vintage Inspiration Posted by SusanKhalje
Take a look at this sampling of exquisite vintage garments; This time from the collection of a murder-mystery writer, who uses them for inspiration. ]]>
<![CDATA[Carla's Opera Coat]]> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:29:06 -0500 Carla's Opera Coat Posted by SusanKhalje
An elegant couture opera coat from the 60's inspires and educates ]]>
<![CDATA[Zipper Madness]]> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 08:00:00 -0500 Zipper Madness Posted by SusanKhalje
There are times when a zipper is much more than a simple and unobtrusive closure. ]]>
<![CDATA[Thread Bars]]> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:16:52 -0500 Thread Bars Posted by SusanKhalje
There are lots of options for closures, and thread bars are often overlooked. Best of all, they're nice and sturdy, and fun to make, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Substance: A Boutique with a Conscience]]> Mon, 17 May 2010 09:00:00 -0500 Substance: A Boutique with a Conscience Posted by SusanKhalje
Betsy Stevenson designs a collection for a Columbus, Ohio boutique that has a strong social conscience. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams]]> Mon, 03 May 2010 09:50:27 -0500 Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams Posted by SusanKhalje
Lining up intersecting seams can be tricky - despite careful pinning, things often shift. Here are a few techniques to improve your results! ]]>
<![CDATA[Vintage Inspiration]]> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:12:09 -0500 Vintage Inspiration Posted by SusanKhalje
A look through the vintage garment collection of my friend Cindy Dahlin. ]]>
<![CDATA[Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part 2]]> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:00:00 -0500 Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part 2 Posted by SusanKhalje
Threads contributing editor Susan Khalje shows how to expertly finish a garment created with embellished fabric. ]]>
<![CDATA[Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part I]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:31:56 -0500 Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part I Posted by SusanKhalje
Embellished fabrics can be intimidating to work with. Care and effort, however, could yield beautiful results. ]]>
<![CDATA[Close Up with Charles Kleibacker]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2010 14:56:30 -0500 Close Up with Charles Kleibacker Posted by SusanKhalje
An interview with the “Master of the Bias” on fabric, design, and being original. ]]>
<![CDATA[Installing a Decorative Zipper]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2009 15:02:06 -0500 Installing a Decorative Zipper Posted by SusanKhalje
This installation is a little different - the zipper is placed into a partially-sewn seam. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Trousseau of the May Queen]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:37:03 -0500 The Trousseau of the May Queen Posted by SusanKhalje
An exhibit currently showing in Paris displays the stunning royal trousseau of Marie-Jose of Savoy and its fabulous array of 1930's haute couture. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hemming a Pleated Skirt]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:15:00 -0500 Hemming a Pleated Skirt Posted by SusanKhalje
Here's a tip or two for hemming a pleated skirt. While most of the hem is straightforward, the back edges of the pleats need to be treated differently. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mary McFadden Exhibit in D.C. ]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:00:00 -0500 Mary McFadden Exhibit in D.C. Posted by SusanKhalje
Visit the Mary McFadden exhibit at the National Museum of Women in Washington, D.C. to see this designers amazing garments and her inspiration. ]]>
<![CDATA[Choosing Chanel-style jacket trims]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:52:57 -0500 Choosing Chanel-style jacket trims Posted by SusanKhalje
We'll look at a number of options for trimming Chanel-style jackets ]]>
<![CDATA[Padded Cord Ties Better Knots ]]> Tue, 12 May 2009 17:08:32 -0500 Padded Cord Ties Better Knots Posted by SusanKhalje
Learn to make padded cord ties to embellish any garment. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Hand-Picked Zipper is Worth the Effort]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2009 11:45:00 -0500 A Hand-Picked Zipper is Worth the Effort Posted by SusanKhalje
Show off your stitches with this easy-to-learn technique. ]]>