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Class Reviews > Susan Khalje/ Classic French Jacket Class

Nova Scotia, CANADA
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Posted by: CarolynKEll

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Posted on: 8/14/05 5:05 PM
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This class was only 5 days plus a fitting day rather than 6 as we did not go fabric shopping. We arrived with fabric and muslins prepared to fit the day before the class. I was totally amazed at the difference in the look of a jacket that actually fits. Susan took us step through step of the process off cutting and sewing the jacket, including the couture techniques used in this jacket. She demoed the techniques often and allowed us to take pictures of the whole process, plus provied us with a handout of step by step directions. I didn't finish my jacket in class, although we worked about 15 hours per day. I left with the jacket about 95% done, it just needs to be hemmed, the pockets made and the buttons and trim attached. The hems are pin fitted so all I need to do is mark and sew. There is a heck of a lot of hand sewing in this class, something I abhored prior to this class, but to create this jacket, I learned to love it.
Susan is an excellent teacher and obviously loves to give freely, her extensive knowledge of couture techniques. This is by far the best sewing class I have ever taken and a perfect compliment to the hand and machine couture techniques class I took from her last year in Halifax. I will deninately take many more classes from Susan that are offered in Canada. I find with the difference in dollars, prices in the US are prohibitive to people from outside the US, but Julie from Timmel Fabrics, who sponsered this class and also the Japanese Tailoring class from Judy Barlap which ran concurently, made this affordable for us with accomadation in Mount St. Vincent university residence and almost 24 hour access to the classrooms, which we all took advantage of.
I think this class would be of benefit of anyone who wants to learn couture techniques from a professional and have an elegant wearable jacket in the process. Susan brings a wealth of information and inspiration with her and the class is a 5 star plus in my books.

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seriadigbeu said... (8/22/05 1:39 PM) Reply
Can you send me a jacket/skirt construction's video please.
Susan J. said... (8/21/05 10:54 AM) Reply
I attended this class as well and I agree with Carolyn that Susan is an excellent teacher and it was a great class.
Mary Lesperance said... (8/19/05 9:24 AM) Reply
I was also in this class with Carolyn. What a fabulous class! Susan is very giving, encouraging AND funny. Many thanks to Julie from Timmel Fabrics for putting the workshops together!!
Sew'n'go said... (8/16/05 2:42 PM) Reply
I was in the same class as Carolyn, and you should see her jacket! Wow! It fits her perfectly. The front has rows of buttons and over-the-top trim - making it a truly excellent, one-of-a-kind jacket that so suits Carolyn's dynamic personality. Susan Khalje was as wonderful as Carolyn said, and I enjoyed the class immensely. Susan is so upbeat and relaxed that the couture techniques did not seem intimidating at all. My jacket fits better than anything I've ever owned and I think it will be my favourite garment of all time. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Susan Khalje (or see her trunk show) do so! It will be an unforgetable experience.
CarolynKEll said... (8/15/05 7:35 PM) Reply
Penelope There is a great deal of hand sewing in this class, I think this class would be suitable for a n advanced beginner and up. She takes one step by step through jacket construction, if you can sew a straight seam and follow verbal and hands on instruction, this class is for you. Gigi I took a class with Judy Barlup last year and you are right, she is an excellent teacher. I would highly recommend a class with her or Susan.
Gigi Louis said... (8/15/05 1:02 PM) Reply
Sounds wonderfuly - lucky you! I was fortunate to take a hands-on class from Judy Barlup year before last - I highly recommend taking her class if you ever get the opportunity.
JDpenelope said... (8/15/05 7:58 AM) Reply
Sounds like a great class. I've just started watching her show "Sew Much More" on DIY network and I think she-- and the show-- are wonderful. This class is probably better suited to advanced sewists like yourself, I'll bet.
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