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.
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.
Tutor Karine has studied and worked in both Australia and France, with a CV that highlights roles with key organisations including Nuit Blanche Paris, Comedie Francaise Paris and Mariana Hardwick, Melbourne Theatre Company, Australian Ballet and Victorian Opera.
Basic sewing skills would be advantageous.
Please bring the following items to class:
- A lingerie piece pattern of the required size ready to use. A suggestion is Vogue V8888 A5 for sizes 6-14 and EE for sizes 14-20.
- A meterage of fabrics and lace as indicated on the pattern pack as it indicates what kind and how much of material to buy according to the chosen style/garment AND the size. + 25cm extra 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 such as cutting shears, fine pins, measuring tape and rulers, pencil, etc
- Carbon paper
In preparation for the class students are required to:
1/ Have their patterns ready to use (correct size traced out)
2/ Pre-shrink their fabric, especially if it is silk. (Cold to lukewarm water with a little bit of silk detergent, squeeze the silk gently, rinse without wringing and dry in a shaded area)