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Bridal Couture: A Guide to Dressmaking Skills for Creating Beautiful Custom Wedding Gowns Paperback – 1 May 1997


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801987571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801987571
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must for prospective brides..." -- Sewing with Butterick, Autumn 2002. "A must for prospective brides..." -- Vogue Patterns, October 2002.

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The bodice of this gown is covered with daisy-patterned Austrian cotton guipure lace; its flowered border is placed so that it appears to continue around the top of the bodice and the top of the sleeves. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By g.shelley@eclipse.co.uk on 10 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
As a partner in a bridal wear design company, I found this book to be very well explained, with good clear illustrations and excellent descriptions of couture techniques. The style is economic so the reader doesn't get lost, the author has concentrated on the quality of the content resulting in a quick reference book packed with useful information and handy tips. All of the most popular bridal wear fabrics are covered in detail, and most of the more common manufacturing problems are dealt with. Even if you are making dresses in less traditional styles, you will still find this book invaluable. I was particularly pleased to note that Susan Khalje has included linen amongst her choice of wedding fabrics, proof that she understands not only the modern but also the traditional aspects of bridal couture. A must-have for all designers and lovers of bridal wear.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 1997
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Couture. The finest workmanship, with the finest design, with the finest fabric, with the finest instuctor. Susan Khalje fills the need for instruction in the fine art of Bridal Couture. Her instruction is precise, and easy to understand with lovely photos to guide the student through the process of creating a couture gown. Attention is given not only to construction, but to fabric selection, and expert fit. This book is truly a must for dressmakers who strive for the perfection of couture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug 2000
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This book is full of beautiful, inspiring photographs and detailed information on sewing couture gowns. However, one thing I think it lacked was suggestions for simpler dresses, many brides nowadays have simple, low-key weddings that require less elaborate dresses and these may be within the sewing skills of less experienced sewers. This book is really for the more experienced dressmakers only.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 1997
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I find that the book is excellent for those who want to expand their sewing skills for ballroom gowns and wedding dresses. The illistrations and plain english that are used have really help me to understand how to improve my skills. Also excellent definitions of various types of fabric and practical application of such.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 1997
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Susan Khalje's book provides comprehensive information on all aspects of bridal and special occasion gown construction. From fabric selection and handling, lace description and application, to fitting and finishing, she provides excellent instruction and visuals which makes such an undertaking less daunting.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 25 Jun 2005
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This book is a must for dressmakers, would - be dressmakers and for those who just love wedding gowns and working with beautiful fabrics. The technical advice is clear, instructions well illustrated and the data regarding fabric properties both useful and informative. The gowns and embellishments although perhaps a little conservative are nevertheless inspirational and thought provoking which is precisely what such a book should aim for. I particularly found the quote from Gianni Versace most interesting: '....It's a designers role to make people dream...' This book certainly made me dream and I just couldn't wait to get started on a new project. As well as being a truly useful book it is also a book which can be enjoyed for its own sake and most worthy of a place on the bookshelf of such readers. A welcome addition to the home dressmaking library and a book I shall treasure.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Scott on 16 Mar 2001
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I purchased this book late last year when I was thinking of making my own wedding dress.I read it cover to cover and found a wealth of information that gave me the confidence to go ahead with the project. Although there was nothing in the way of design that totally appealed to me I was able to use many of the techniques and apply them in the construction of my own gown. A must for anyone wanting to make their own dress be it for a wedding or not. I found the section on fabric choice very useful as I am getting married abroad and needed something that would travell well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M C on 31 Aug 2012
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This book contains useful techniques including much on working with lace. The designs are very dated however the construction techniques are sound and clearly described.

If the price of this book puts you off you can find the entire book on the author's website, susankahlje.com, available as a CDrom disc to download and print or play on your computer. I paid $39.95 plus $5.00 shipping, approx £28.35.
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