Couture Sewing Class Week 2

We were so fortunate to have Susan Khalje for a second class!  For most of the students, this was their first time taking Susan’s couture class and they all worked really hard.  It was a great class with outstanding garments.

Standing-Sue, Ronnie Carla, Cheryl, Jodi, Jackie, Becki, Kasey, Rachel, Eileen
Seated-Cynthia, Susan, Briggett, Julie, Dorcas
Photo Credit: Myk Fenstermacher

Ready for the tour?!

Sue is a custom dressmaker and the owner of J. Angelita Designs in Oakdale Minnesota. She worked on a wedding gown using the picture below for inspiration.

Deciding on the perfect lace placement for the bodice and skirt.

Ronnie was in the 1st week’s couture class and continued to work on her dress in this class.

Inspiration                                    Almost there!

Carla worked on a dress for her daughter Vogue 8922 view C.

Underlining, basting and clipping on the wrong side……

…..turns into perfection on the right side!

Cheryl is an accomplished pianist and made a lovely brocade and lace dress that’s perfect for her performances or any special occasion!  She used Susan Khalje’s Cocktail Dress Pattern.

  Love the textures together.                     Binding the armhole.

Jodi made a dress for her daughter.

She chose a beautiful silk shantung.

The piping at the neckline is a nice detail.

Jackie’s project is a pretty summer dress using a printed 4-ply silk and Vogue 8996.

      Underlining with silk charmeuse…              Coming together….

Becki is our Marfy aficionado!
Marfy 3379.

      Becki used a teal green boucle.           The fit is just spot on!

Kasey and her husband take ballroom dancing classes.
She made a beautiful navy lace dress for their recital.

So pretty!  
Wait, what is that she’s holding? 

Her pincushion that’s color coordinated.  
Love it!

Rachel is the owner of Rochelle’s Workshop.  She teaches sewing and serger lessons here in Katy Tx.  She used vintage Vogue 8687. 

Love this shade of  pink-coral. 
Rachel is also going to make the coat using a fun print fabric.

Eileen was also in the the first week’s couture class.  She was wrapping up a guipure lace pencil skirt.  Isn’t that hem beautiful?!

Cynthia is the owner of ami de Paris.  She makes one-of-a kind handmade creations.  She had such an interesting project making a couture purse just perfect to carry your keys, lipstick and cell phone.

This purse has incredible details inside and out!!

The last three ladies all did Chanel jackets-Oh la la!

Briggett is an adjunct professor at HCC in the Fashion Design department.  She drafted her own pattern.  Susan perfected the fit.

 Julie worked hard and matched her boucle perfectly!  
A close up of her fabulous fabric and matching skills.

The Traditional Quilted Lining

Dorcas made this Chanel jacket seen in Threads Magazine. 

And the lining is awesome!!!

As always, I was in awe of the incredible and beautiful work that was achieved.  I look forward to seeing everyone next year!


  1. NewRibena
    September 12, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Thank you so much for your welcoming demeanor and helpfulness. It was great meeting you and the other "Houston Ladies". The project photos look wonderful and I'm sure everyone appreciated that you took the time to document this experience for us. I know I will be back next year as there is always more to learn – especially when among others that get what it's all about. Jackie

  2. Julie Starr
    September 12, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    Jackie, you've said it beautifully. Roz, this post is such a gift and I can't thank you enough. It was a pure delight to meet you and see your smiling face and gorgeous outfits walk into our classroom all week long. Who knew you were quietly taking all these great notes and photos? I look so forward to seeing you again next August!

  3. Roz
    September 13, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    Jackie and Julie, it was my pleasure to visit the class everyday and watch the progression of each project. It's something I looked forward to. Everyone was so focused and intent on soaking in all the wonderful knowledge that Susan shares. Thank you for your kind words and see you next August!XO

  4. Sarah Liz
    September 15, 2014 / 6:49 am

    What a lovely post – it's nice to be able to see inside all the wonderful goings on in these sewing groups – it's probably the only way I'll ever be able to "attend" one.

  5. Anonymous
    September 24, 2014 / 5:57 am

    How wonderful to see all these garments and few well known faces 🙂 What a great week it was!

  6. MonicaArrington
    October 9, 2014 / 1:24 am

    Just reviewing all the fabulous fashions and designs for the 2nd week. As a former participant, I can attest to the energy and excitement that comes from this couture sewing. Susan is fabulous and an excellent teacher. All of the projects are to die for!. Ladies buying these fashions in the store would be jealous. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the class..

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