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The Classic French Skirt Course
The Classic French Skirt Course
The Classic French Skirt Course

The Classic French Skirt Course

Regular price$75.00

The Classic French Skirt takes our Straight Skirt pattern and elevates it to an entirely new level. 

  • The same quilting technique that is used in the Classic French Jacket can be applied to other garments as well - and it works beautifully for fitted skirts.
  • Darts can be very bulky with textured fabrics, though, so we’ll start by modifying our darted skirt pattern, changing it to a pattern with princess seams.
  • You’ll learn how to treat the lining seams, too - they’re finished by hand, in the same manner as the Classic French Jacket.

We’ll make two versions:
The first has princess seams, two small slits at the base of the side back seams, a hand-picked zipper, and an inner grosgrain waistband facing. Of course, there’s the quilting, too–for our sample, the fashion fabric is a loosely-woven tweed, and the lining is silk charmeuse.  We’ll discuss laying out plaids, and how to match them, and we’ll put a zipper in by hand. The resulting skirt is both structured (thanks to the quilting) and soft (thanks to the fabrics). It’s beautiful, and will keep its shape forever, thanks to its construction.

The second skirt has princess seams, too, and it has a faux overlap.  It closes in the center back with a hand-picked zipper, and it has a waistband. The fashion fabric has plenty of texture, so while the outer, visible part of the waistband is in the fashion fabric, the inner part of the waistband is in the lining fabric–it’s a clever way to reduce bulk. You’ll learn how to make a couture waistband–with its inner stay, covered snaps, specially-attached hooks and eyes, and couture-style hanging loops. And the skirt is trimmed along the edge of the overlap and the hem with a Classic French jacket-style braid…and 3 buttons along the edge of the overlap complete the design.  It’s quilted, of course, so the fabric is stabilized, yet retains its lovely movement.

NOTE: international customers will receive a digital version of the pattern for printing.

  • Free shipping (domestic) or free digital pattern (intl)
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way

The 'Faux Wrap' version of the Classic French Skirt.

The Regular Straight Skirt variant of the Classic French Skirt.


A Custom Pattern Designed by Susan Khalje in collaboration with Julian Cristofoli Sent Directly to Your Doorstep: This exclusive pattern has been personally designed by Susan Khalje. Each pattern includes two full size ranges for every fit (4–14 & 16–24). Susan will also carefully walk you through every step in choosing the right pattern size and fabric!

Instant Access to Full Length Step-by-Step Instructions: When you sign up for The Classic French Skirt course, you will have instant access to both the regular version and the 'Faux Wrap' version of the garment. Susan constructs both of these beautiful variants from start to finish.

High Definition Streaming Video on Multiple Platforms and Devices: View your new Classic French Skirt course in high definition on your computer at home, your tablet while working in your studio or even your smart phone while on the go.

(Regular Straight Skirt, Wrap version is a bit different)

Chapter 1  Choosing a pattern & modifying it

Chapter 2  Preparing & fitting the muslin

Chapter 3  Cutting Out & Marking The Fashion Fabric; cutting the lining

Chapter 4  Quilting, sewing the seams & checking fit

Chapter 5  Adding the zipper & cleaning up the lining

Chapter 6  Adding the grosgrain facing at the waistline & final finishing details


Susan Khalje is a couture sewing expert and educator with over 35-years of experience. She was awarded with The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Susan established The Couture Sewing School in order to teach others around the world. Aside from establishing The Couture Sewing School, Susan has also published numerous of books like Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear (Krause) and Linen and Cotton: Classic Sewing Techniques (Taunton)which are the best sellers.


It was such an exciting time, being able to sew for hours a day and do exactly what I love, that things have paled in comparison since then.  Work isn’t very exciting anymore I just want to sew.


I just wanted to thank you again for an absolutely amazing week of learning. Not only did I come away with a gorgeous jacket but my levels of confidence and sewing inspiration were increased tenfold!


I am so enjoying your online course The Couture Dress. You are so delightful with your presentation and what makes the course so great is your heartfelt commentaries about the process not just the procedures.