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Welcome to Couture Techniques Workshop: Basics | Video

Claire B. Shaeffer introduces her video series on couture sewing. She notes a true haute couture garment can cost from several thousands of dollars to more than $100,000—so learning the techniques used to create these special pieces can be worthwhile.

First, you’ll see some of Claire’s stunning fabrics, perfect for creating couture garments. These include velvet, brocade, sequined and embroidered fabrics, fine wools, and bouclés.

Claire dispels the notion that haute couture garments are entirely hand-sewn. They are made individually, for a specific client, and they may contain significant amounts of hand sewing, but there may also be some machine-sewn areas. They usually feature more hand-shaping than a ready-to-wear piece.

This video series covers techniques such as marking techniques, a wide range of hand-sewing methods, machine sewing, shrinking and stretching fabric to create shape, inserting stays, and more. Claire suggests that, even if you don’t have time to make all your garments with these techniques, it’s helpful to apply them where it is most important.


About This Video Series

This video series features three hours of insider tips and secrets for creating high-end couture garments and home accessories. See an expert at work as Claire Shaeffer illustrates the basic techniques that take sewing to the next level -- from hand sewing and machine stitching to marking methods, pressing, and hemming.

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  1. user-7526674 | | #1

    Why are we unable to access these vidios

  2. green_mills | | #2

    I would like to watch the videos - has the problem been resolved?

    1. jclegg | | #3

      Yes, thank you for asking. We appreciate our audience telling us when they have trouble accessing any material. The issues have been fixed. Simply click on each episode (shown below under "Videos in the Series") to begin watching. This is an excellent series hosted by a genuine expert. Enjoy. - Jeannine Clegg

  3. user-7520485 | | #4

    What does the IN mean in some of the videos?

    1. carolfresia | | #5

      The blue "in" icon identifies exclusive content that is available to Threads' Insider members. On our homepage and throughout the site, you'll see offers to join and to begin a 14-day free trial. There are hundreds of articles and videos for sewers of all levels, as well as access to the entire Threads digital archive, plus four print issues per year. The price is $5.99 per month, or $49.95 per year.
      We hope you join us!
      Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor

  4. Deb_D | | #6

    Unable to view the video

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