|[from promotional materials] Susan Khalje is the host of HGTV/DIY.net?s ?Sew Much More,? and Threads? newest contributing editor. She also writes a weekly sewing column of the same name. Her first book was ?Bridal Couture; Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear? (Krause); it was followed by ?Linen and Cotton: Classic Sewing Techniques for Great Results? .
I attended this two-day class at Meissner Sewing Center in Sacramento. Susan is a great instructor for these techniques, including:
-couture hand stitches
-a hand-picked embellished zipper, appliqu驮g lace
-creating invisible lace seams
-ultra-narrow bias spaghetti straps,
-angled seams (basque waist or right angle seams),
-covered snaps and their application,
-bound button holes
-thread chains and thread bars
-contoured grosgrain waist facing
-narrow machine hem
On the second day we covered some of the above items, but most importantly, we worked on detailed couture lining application, incorporating a silk organza underlining and a number of hand stitches we learned the previous day. This was done on one piece of a bodice (center front) but was enough to cover the concepts and the hands-on feel of the assembly process.
She is detailed oriented and precise in a way that makes you strive to improve (versus the kind that frustrates you!). She travels with lots of beautiful model garments, including a few from her books. She opens up a seam or the hem so you can easily look inside and get a better idea of the construction,
She is generous with feedback and her time, and as this was a two day class, we got plenty of hands-on attention.
I learn best by doing myself (the monkey can see, but it is best if this monkey can do), and found this class to be an excellent investment of my time and money. I learned new techniques and the logic and rationale behine them, and I know how to make better use of techniques I have been using for years.
I highly recommend Susan as an instructor, and if you want to take your hand sewing skills up several notches, this is the class to get you moving.