Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Couture Classes: Sit & Sew Day 2

Readers, Day 2 was so much better (mostly because I finally slept). I continued creating paper pattern pieces from my muslin and transferring adjustments we made to the paper. It was very interesting to see how adjustments are made following Kenneth's method. And I really have to learn his moulage technique. Some of the participants made their moulage in the class, and I was soooo jealous! Well, to compensate I asked Kenneth to bring his Moulage eBook, so I could try make it at home. I will just need someone to take accurate measurements for me.

Lotus Flower Demo

In the morning, Kenneth showed us how to make a Lotus Silk Flower - he made it out of muslin though :-). I have no idea where I would use the Lotus Flower but we all Ooh-ed and Aah-ed because it did look cute. You can making it too - Kenneth posted a tutorial on Thread's magazine blog couple of years ago.

Cutting Lace

Then we were for a treat from Susan! She showed us how she cuts lace, this lace was for one of the participant's project. With lace you want to match as accurately as possible to achieve the best look! With  many projects flower details are thread-traced around them instead of tracing following straight (or curved) lines on the pattern. Those extended details are then appliqued on the adjacent piece... we should  make a lace garment together.

To be able to position pattern pieces accurately, Susan showed us her trick. After she took the fitted muslin apart, she placed it underneath the lace, which was then pinned to the muslin pieces. Then, the lace is cut and thread-traced, ready to be assembled.

The day passed by very fast, and then, when I was ready to leave, guess who came by to say hello? Gretchen (or Gertie). Ann invited us for a drink in her hotel in the Garment District, and then another one downtown and... I thought it was so nice to meet all these wonderful people - at the beginning I was blogging in a vacuum - I knew nobody and I really wanted to connect to like-minded people and here you go. Gertie's and Ann's blogs were first blogs I was looking forward to read every time I came home after work when I just started. And now I am sitting with them on a rooftop terrace in the Garment District. Love sewing and love the sewing community - we are the nicest, most helpful and peaceful people on earth!

from left to right: Ann of Gorgeous Things and Gorgeous Fabrics, Gretchen of Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing and Devra, our class participant and vintage aficionado! I was trying to convince Devra to start blogging...



  1. Right! I couldn't agree with you more. And I am looking forward to that step when the on-line world combines with the real one. I am not there yet, but thanks for posting this (also for the sewing information!!), because now I know it WILL happen :-)

  2. Thanks for all the information! I know you are bit busy girl! But is it still possible for you to make a guest post on August 20th! send the code by Aug 19th so that i can schedule it and when would you need my code, remember a post on Indian Clothing, few of fav tutorials, and how is the scene regarding fabric and notions shopping etc here in India!

  3. It was so wonderful to meet everyone! I completely agree - sewing enthusiasts are the NICEST people on earth. Emmett really loved meeting all of you too. I hope we can all get together again soon!

  4. so many celebrity pics on your blog!:)

  5. Thanks for the lace tips. I'll keep them in mind for the day when I get brave enough to tackle a lace project. Though, if you're going to lead some sort of lace Sew-Along, then that day might be sooner than I expect!

  6. @Gorgeous Things right there with you, ann! wow, you can really tell how hot we were on that roof in that picture, can't you? another great post, marina!

  7. You've inspired me to add attending a couture class in NYC on my To Do list. Great post - thanks.



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