Couture Sewing
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Suzy begins with an overview of her one-seam, Balenciaga-inspired jacket. Learn about flat patternmaking and why it's a useful addition to your sewing repertoire as you tour the Apparel Arts school.
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Get an up-close look at Suzy's gorgeous linen dress. It's inspired by designer Claire McCardell's ready-to-wear pieces, combining comfort with an elevated pattern. See how the fabric and pattern pieces come together for a volumetric skirt. And, learn how Suzy got started sewing.
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Suzy walks you through her latest fall jacket. This complex garment is made up of dozens of pattern pieces, showing what you can achieve through patternmaking and garment sewing. Plus, get Suzy's advice for aspiring pattern designers as well as tips on incorporating personal details into your work.
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Visit master patternmaker Suzy Furrer at her Apparel Arts school in Oakland, California. Get an inside look at three of her favorite garments as she shares her unique perspective on design and fashion history. She also helps you navigate her comprehensive collection of Bluprint classes so you can easily find them and expand your skills, no matter what level you're at!
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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Wearing chiffon is effortless — it’s so luxuriously airy and soft. Working with chiffon? Not so much. Whether it’s made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers, chiffon can be so troublesome on the sewing table that newbies are typically warned to steer clear.
Julia Garza
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Satin is known for its beautiful drape, glossy finish — and steep learning curve. This fabric is notoriously tricky to cut, has a tendency to fray and snag, and never lets you forget your mistakes thanks to those permanent needle holes!
Julia Garza
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If you're an all-day-every-day type of hand sewer — or even if you're the total opposite — chances are you've had to hand sew a hem. There just isn't a machine option that measures up to doing it by hand, it looks beautiful (seriously, the definition of couture) and, if done right, is almost invisible when seeing the whole look.
Heather Feather
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We know that only the most eagle-eyed sewing pro can spot the difference between a hand-worked buttonhole and a machine-sewn one. Doesn't matter! Sewing buttonholes by hand is a next-level skill that's definitely worth the effort.
Christine Haynes
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Couture garments are some of the most beautiful clothes you can possibly imagine. The attention to detail is almost overwhelming — and so are the prices. So here's a radical idea: Sew your own.
Bluprint
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Silk is the queen of all fabrics. And like any monarch, it tends to be both worshiped and feared. Silk's reputation as a difficult fabric isn't unfounded. It can be tricky to cut, stains easily and has a maddening tendency to fray.
Linda Reynolds
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