Learning from Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje joined Columbia River Sewing June 8-9, 2018.  Here are a few comments about the Friday Trunk Show and Saturday Hand Sewing Techniques Workshop.

Susan Khalje hosted the Trunk Show on Friday; CRS members were her models. Lynn F. was beautiful in a Liberty lawn dress, as well as a piped jacket, Norma G. rocked a lace overlay dress, Katie O. modeled a stunning bolero made of Alençon lace found by Susan in a Paris flea market, Mary F. wore an all-cotton dress, and Jacqueline V. modeled a dress with horsehair in the hem done to help hold the skirt’s shape. Joyce L. modeled a long, reversible jacket. Pam A. and Suzanne O. were each elegant in French-style jackets.

Don’t be afraid of hand picking a zipper. You have so much control of placement than by machine and it is easier to do than expected. I may never machine stitch a zipper again but hand-pick for pleasure and meditation.

I always wanted a class like this. We laughed, learned and stitched. What a perfect day! I learned so much! I hated to see it come to an end.
Couture sewing is easy when one knows the secrets of the tools of the trade. This beats the sewing machine any day. No frustration!!!