Course Summary

Gain experience and confidence in handling fine fabrics, lace and bias by making a laced bias-cut nightie or camisole and pants. In doing so, you will learn couture techniques such as French seams, application and insertion of lace and fabrics, construction and finishing techniques.

Course Sessions

Saturday, 16th October - 2 classes

Session ID HVAS1605C
16 Oct - 23 Oct 10:00am - 3:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$299 / $284 (conc)
Marie Larche

Students will be able to make and fit their own nightie/cami and pants, developing their sewing skills to this type of fabric and the techniques required.  Not only will students learn the construction techniques, they will, importantly, gain confidence in handling fine fabric, so useful in ongoing garment making activities.

Basic sewing skills are required.

Karine Larche has studied and worked in both Australia and France, including roles with Nuit Blanche Paris, Comedie Francaise Paris, Mariana Hardwick, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet and Opera Victoria.

Please bring the following items to class: 

  • Lingerie piece pattern ready to use. Suggeted size: Vogue V8888 A5 for sizes 6-14 and EE for sizes 14-20.  
  • Meterage of fabrics and lace as indicated on the pattern pack. This indicates type and volume of material to buy, according to chosen style/garment and size. Also add 25cm extra in order to make trial samples.
  • Fabrics recommended: lightweight satins or crepes, preferably polyester or silk, depending on budget.
  • Lace: A fine lace. Avoid guipure lace.
  • Matching threads.
  • If possible, a pair of duckbill scissors.
  • General sewing equipment: e.g. cutting shears, fine pins, measuring tape and rulers, pencil.
  • Carbon paper.

In preparation for the class students are required to:

1) Have their patterns ready to use – with the correct size traced out. 

2) Pre-shrink their fabric, especially if it is silk. Use cold-to-lukewarm water with a bit of silk detergent, squeeze the silk gently, rinse without wringing, and dry in a shaded area.

Last updated: September 20, 2021 04:42pm