Profile for SusanKhalje - Threads
Member Since: 05/04/2009
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.
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.
An easy and wearable garment teaches essential guipure sewing techniques.
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.
Fold fabric like Madame Grès and create works of art.
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.
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.
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.
This placket is subtle, simple, and easy to make.
There's a little more to these pleated silk organza panels than meets the eye. Here's how to make them look absolutely beautiful!
Yes, there's boning. But there are other tools at your disposal too, among them horsehair.
In this article, Susan Khalje walks you through putting a garment together with couture methods.
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.
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.
Stabilizing fabrics is nothing new - and it can be a big help.
Learn how to select the correct underlining, and how to mark it and join it to the fashion fabric.
With these skills you will find that lace is versatile, forgiving, and surprisingly easy to sew.
Apply a lining to a curved neckline and an armhole edge for an elegant couture technique.
Learn the four key features of a Chanel-style jacket.
Sometimes it's the simple things that need to be given a little thought.
Mini-facings, right in the corners of a square neckline, stabilize angled seams without needing separate facings.
Take a look inside the work of this talented weaver.
This lesson on sewing a sleeve into a jacket by hand is unquestionably a master class technique.
There are subtle differences between garments that are hand-understitched and those understitched by machine.
At first glance, it's a simple little coat. But a closer look shows a number of well-thought-out details.
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.
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.
A consignment shop find is full of wonderful touches, both inside and out.
Careful fitting goes a long way towards keeping a formfitting garment in place.
What is it that makes the little black dress so coveted?
Take a look at the beautiful jackets Mary Ellen Velky wears when competing on horseback.
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!
Sewers of all levels can definitely tackle this wonderful design detail.
Learn techniques for tying knots with padded cord and how to finish a bound buttonhole.
Sewing and altering a muslin test garment is time-consuming but essential to developing a beautifully fitted couture garment.
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.
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.
Fine finishing details are a hallmark of beautifully-sewn clothing. Here's an easy technique to add to your repertoire.
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.
An elegant couture opera coat from the 60's inspires and educates
There are times when a zipper is much more than a simple and unobtrusive closure.
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.
Betsy Stevenson designs a collection for a Columbus, Ohio boutique that has a strong social conscience.
Lining up intersecting seams can be tricky - despite careful pinning, things often shift. Here are a few techniques to improve your results!
A look through the vintage garment collection of my friend Cindy Dahlin.
Threads contributing editor Susan Khalje shows how to expertly finish a garment created with embellished fabric.
Embellished fabrics can be intimidating to work with. Care and effort, however, could yield beautiful results.
An interview with the “Master of the Bias” on fabric, design, and being original.
This installation is a little different - the zipper is placed into a partially-sewn seam.
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.
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.
Visit the Mary McFadden exhibit at the National Museum of Women in Washington, D.C. to see this designers amazing garments and her inspiration.
We'll look at a number of options for trimming Chanel-style jackets
Learn to make padded cord ties to embellish any garment.
Show off your stitches with this easy-to-learn technique.