Silk and Embroidered Tulle Couture Dress
When I enrolled in Susan Khalje’s Couture Sewing School, I knew I wanted to work with fine fabrics that would challenge me as a seamstress. But first I had to come up with a pattern that my daughter, Sarah, would like. I drafted the pattern with inspiration coming from Watter’s “Beilin” wedding gown, but making it sleeveless and with a full circle skirt. The embroidered tulle came from B & J Fabrics and the silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics. At Susan’s class I learned how to dye silk organza (with coffee) to back the sheer parts of the bodice, how to bind the neck and armholes with tulle, and how to give body to the flimsy charmeuse with two layers of china silk. The back neck closure has three vintage buttons and the skirt is finished with a hand picked zipper that has a dart at the bottom instead of a seam. The finished dress fit Sarah like a glove (thank you Susan for the great fitting lesson!).