Thursday, March 31, 2011

Camp Couture, Days Four and Five

Wow, all the days are really blending into each other. The picture above sums it up nicely. This is me taking a break from sewing to document things. I've been dubbed "the roving reporter."

I'm making nice progress on my coat. One major accomplishment was setting in my sleeves. Susan brought this French sleeve head called "cigarette." (She sells it on her website.) It feels like a fuzzy little animal and it adds a nice, subtle loftiness to a sleeve cap.

Susan brought in more fabulous garments for us to inspect. Here's the Chanel-style jacket from her legendary Threads article. I tried it on and it feels amazing. Is there anything more luxurious than a quilted charmeuse lining?

I love this linen high-waisted skirt. Look at the boning inside the waistband!

Lastly, Anna's corselette is looking amazing. This is going inside a charmeuse strapless gown for her daughter's prom.

Only one day left and I'm already having separation anxiety from my fellow students and our fearless leader. I'm traveling back to New York late Thursday night and going back to work Friday morning, so my next update may be delayed by me adjusting back to regular life. Sigh.

What a week. Thanks for reading, campers!


  1. Sounds like you are having a great time. Saw the picture from dinner with some of my favorite sewers!

  2. This must be one of the first times we see you in trousers and Converse! You look like you're all having a blast... so envious.

    And boned waistbands... Must try that as mine always roll down. Is that something you'll be covering in your book? Or are you saving it for Volume II!

  3. Thanks for sharing your time at Camp Couture! It looks like everyone had a great time, and is making some amazing things. I'm swooning over that Chanel jacket right now...

  4. It looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  5. I'm so jealous, really! It sounds like it was so amazing to be there and learn and have fun with other seamstresses. So exciting. And to see lovely garments, already made, with couture details and out of gorgeous fabrics....sigh...Lucky!

    I was actually going to try something similar on a high waisted pencil skirt as what you've pictured here. I had read about it, I think in a Thread's issue and it talked about how if you have problems keeping your waistband in place, add boning to the inside. Must try! I only need about 6 pencil skirts right now. Gack!


  6. Okay, given that this is a post about fantastic couture sewing this is the silliest comment I've ever posted on anyone's blog, but...where did you get/make your trousers? I am really picky (read: insane) about the cut of black jeans/trousers, and I like those a lot.

  7. Loving these posts! It sounds like you're having the best time!

  8. I hope you post all the pictures somewhere... this looks amazing and I am living vicariously through you :)

  9. I wondered what you (and fellow campers) were going to make! I'm doing my own week with Susan in July and now I have some ideas about what to try myself. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Looks like you are having a great time, but those chairs look like a nightmare to sit on for sewing

  11. Isn't Susan the best?! I have had that class from her in SF..lucky group for having you document the class!

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