Vancouture Course With Claire B. Shaeffer

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Vancouture Course With Claire B. Shaeffer

I had the pleasure of spending the best three days learning from one of my idols, the couture guru, Claire Shaeffer. The first book I took out of the library on couture dressmaking was written by her and have bought/read several of her books since then. There are lots of elements that define couture but mainly it is characterized by the amount of hand-sewing.

Opportunity Came Knocking

I came to read an email in my inbox from Brenda of the Sew-Ed conference with an invite to a course they were advertising with Claire herself. I jumped at the chance especially knowing the fact that she would be retiring from teaching and it would most likely be my last chance! So off to Vancouver I went! I found the course fascinating, challenging and really inspiring. Here are Some of my highlights:

Day 1:


Claire showing us a vintage Chanel couture piece from her collection. We covered darts, ease shrinking and buttonholes this day.

Day 2

Lots of tailoring techniques were covered this day. Sleeves, pockets, flaps not something I get to do on the regular!


Examples of sleeves complete with trims.

Day 3

My favourite day! Hem techniques, seams and a hand picked zipper.


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Thanks to Sew-Ed, Fabrics Etc. and Claire for the opportunity! It was such a pleasure and the skills are something I will continue to add to my own work and sewing for years to come!


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