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The French Couture Jacket Class

the couture french jacket

Fellow Sewers,

I’m delighted to announce the French Couture Jacket Class. In this course I’ll walk with you through the entire process of constructing one of the classic couture garments. I pour a lifetime of experience in to this course and truly believe you will find advice in it that you cannot get anywhere else. From paper pattern to finished jacket, you’ll see me make two jackets: one in a plain fabric and one in a fabric that requires matching.

Adapt the muslin for pattern use
Apply a wide range of hand stitches along the way
Quilt the lining to the fashion fabric
Work with elegant trims and buttons
Add hand-constructed pockets
Apply the finishing touches that a couture garment deserves

Once you’ve completed one jacket, I’m happy to say that this course includes separate instruction for a regular and patterned jacket, with a pattern we send to you in the mail to accommodate your choice! And there’s no doubt that the techniques and knowledge gained from this project will be applied to any others you tackle in the future.

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2015 Draping Classes

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The Draping Classes

Join Susan Khalje’s Paris-based colleague Julien Cristofoli for classes in the classic French method of draping—the moulage.

Each class will begin with the application of woven tapes (bolduc) onto the dress form— these tapes act as reference points to the corresponding lines that are drawn on muslin. Temporary design lines are then applied to the dress form, and the draping process begins. It is a fascinating and brilliantly effective approach, and Julien is a master of it.

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Mendel Goldberg

Flowered Swiss lace and pink silk gazar.

Flowered Swiss lace and pink silk gazar.

I spent last week at Mendel Goldberg in New York, teaching a Classic French Jacket class. And yes, it was definitely like being in a candy store… you can imagine that students bought fabulous fabrics for the projects at hand, but clearly, future garments were in their sights as well…

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Charles James at the Menil Museum


The recently-closed Charles James exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum in New York isn’t the only examination of his work this year – A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James will be on display at the Menil Museum in Houston through September 7. While the Menil Museum exhibit closes this weekend, it’s worth a look if you’re in the area. And fortunately, a beautiful book accompanied the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit – it’s well worth reading if you’re interested in knowing more about Charles James.

While far smaller and different in scope than the Met’s exhibit, the Houston presentation is charming and very personal. In addition to creating clothing for Mrs. de Menil, James designed furniture and interiors for the couple – wealthy French art collectors and patrons of the arts who spent much of their time in Houston (and built the well-respected museum bearing their name and housing their collections).

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Susan Khalje Couture Blog!


I’m writing to announce an exciting new part of our growing online platform: the Susan Khalje Couture blog! The success and appreciation for our first course (The Cocktail Dress) has been tremendous. In response, we want to broaden the reach of Susan Khalje Couture.

I truly hope this serves as a way to connect to the couture community with frequent posts about topics ranging from exciting (and inspiring) student work; recommended articles, books, and exhibitions; reports from my travels across the country as I teach; technical sewing advice; access to free video tutorials; and the very latest updates on all of my upcoming videos and classes.

Please check in frequently. Welcome to my blog, and I hope you’ll enjoy being a part of Susan Khalje Couture.