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tryingsewhard
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Subject: Little Black Dress Pattern Date: 12/3/09 5:57 PM

I thought I had posted this, but I guess not. I would like to take this class, but want to make the dress shown in the picture. Where can I find that pattern? Thanks.

Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje
MD USA
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Subject: Re: Little Black Dress Pattern Date: 12/7/09 9:06 AM

I'm afraid the dress in the picture was made from a vintage pattern, long out of print. But - lots of readers wanted to make the dress, too (after it appeared in Threads), so after much research by the Threads staff, I do know that a similar pattern was found. I don't know the number, but if you get in touch with the Threads secretary, April Mohr, she would be able to tell you.
Susan

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Subject: Would this be the class... Date: 12/7/09 10:43 AM

Hi Susan!
I have been thinking about taking this class and have a few questions...

Actually, as I work on my MOB outfit (underlined/lined silk taffeta evening skirt, sheer beaded silk chiffon top) I am kicking myself that I haven't taken one of your classes before!

So my question is this: I stumbled upon a fab black/gold beaded Alencon lace and I would like to make a simple sheath/slip dress with a lace dress over it. I really want to do this lace justice, lol. Is this something that would be covered in the 'LBD' class?

Should I have a muslin of the slip dress refined and ready to go before class?

Anything else I should know?

TIA
heidi

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Susan Khalje

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Subject: Re: Would this be the class... Date: 12/7/09 12:00 PM

Good morning -
It depends on how you want to treat the lace.....you can treat it just as fashion fabric, but if you really want to do a classic invisible seam treatment with it, I'd refer you to Bridal Couture, or the-online lace class (which we will be offering again in the new year).
In the LBD class, though, we will be discussing underlinings, and one route to take would be to treat the lace as your fashion fabric and attach it to an underlining - in which case the lace would be sewn into the seams. So, that's certainly one route to take, and would give you an immediate result.
In any event, yes, you'll want to prepare a muslin, and I will be sending out instructions for that a few days before the start of the class.
Susan

Gingersnap1932
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Subject: new little black dress class Date: 4/25/10 1:25 PM

Susan - I am taking your lace class starting this week and I would really like a classic black dress - is that something practical (rigfht word) for a 78 year old, size 18? or am I dreaming of younger days? It would push me to do this class along with the lace and sheer class and leaving for DC in June but would like your opinion as to the feasibility of this being an appropriate addition to my wardrobe? I am trying to go simple, with colorful accessories and be able to look neat and put together.

Gingersnap1932
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Subject: Susan's Threads article Date: 4/25/10 1:30 PM

As a FYI, Threads now has a CD of articles from 1985-2009. You can do a search for a specific topic, author or article and walaa, you have it in front of you. I have saved all of the magazines and now can share them as a give away at my ASG meetings. Last month I took in some embroidery magazines and they all disappeared but 2-3. I had to use a grocery cart to carry them into class because there were so many! Happy sewing and learning.( I just love these little guys)

Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje
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Subject: Re: new little black dress class Date: 4/25/10 1:57 PM

I think it's entirely appropriate - in fact, I can't think of much that would be more appropriate! There's nothing nicer than a well-fitted, well-sewn classic in a lovely fabric - I always think of clothing as a means to an end - and by that, I mean that it should give you the confidence to feel that you look your best - and then you can go on to concentrate on other matters.....And as for practicality, I have a little black dress in linen that I wear all the time - it's got some nice topstitching on it, and I wear it with a nice belt. I put it on, feel good in it, and give it no further thought. That, to me, is the way fashion can help us the most!

Susan Khalje

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Subject: Re: Susan's Threads article Date: 4/25/10 1:58 PM

In a big studio clean-out a little while back, I sort of did the same thing - I saved some of the issues that I had articles in, but other than they, off they went, replaced by the CD!!!

Dianna Cardwell

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Subject: Pattern? Fabric? Date: 4/26/10 4:11 PM

Hi,
I'm interested in your class. Before I sign up, should I have selected a pattern and fabric? Ihave purchased several patterns, but I'm just not sure. Will you be making suggestions? As for fabric, ditto, ditto???? i'm overwhelmed by the possibilities, and confused. (Thus the inaction). I would love to focus on a project, and end up w/ a classic dress.

Thanks in advance.

Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje
MD USA
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Subject: Re: Pattern? Fabric? Date: 4/26/10 4:22 PM

No - you'll be given a list of suggested patterns, and suggested fabrics. Yes, the possibilities are indeed endless, but I think I'll help you narrow things down a bit.
Susan

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