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We will use coutil, spiral boning, and fashion fabric to create this uniquely feminine garment that flatters all figures and ages. The bustier can be worn alone, under a jacket, or over a tee. It can dress up (silk, satin, velvet) or down (denim, tweed, suede).  We will apply bones to counteract gravity and prevent wardrobe malfunctions.  Have you ever wondered what supports all those gowns parading down the red carpet? As an alternative, the lighter version (corselet) functions as a boned facing to support the strapless gown along with the figure of the wearer.


Based on my book, The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques, I have created a workshop to help sewists gain confidence in applying professional level finishing techniques to garments created from both knits and wovens , including delicate silks and sheers. Focal points include the following:

Flawless double fold bias binding - Single fold binding -
“Baby French” facing - Banded finish on knits and wovens -
V-necks that lie flat - Flange closures - Scalloped welt edgings - Mesh edge finish - A multitude of hemming techniques - Decorative designer details 



Comfortable, well-fitting knits seem to be our go-to choices each morning as we prepare for our day. Although knits do provide ease and freedom of movement, proper fit is still important. The approach outlined in this workshop will allow you to develop a personal knit block or foundation piece for creating tees, camis, tanks, knit tops, and sheath dresses that fit and flatter your figure. There are other methods of arriving at the end product, but this is the most fun!


This is an exciting class and you will learn many basic skills to launch you into the creative world of sewing; basic hand stitches, seams and seam finishes, zipper application, etc. We will make two garments; a flared skirt and a Hawaiian shirt.