A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan Khalje. Some of you may know her from her Craftsy course, or her couture sewing school in Baltimore, or her Threads articles, or her books on sewing bridalwear and linen. Ater taking a class on sewing lace with Susan at Mood, I knew I wanted to interview her for Thread Cult. Not only is she a wealth of information about couture sewing techniques, but she’s just a lovely, elegant person with a great sense of humor and I knew she’d be great on tape (or should I say MP3? Somehow, that doesn’t have the same ring!).
Little did I know that the timing for this interview would coincide with an exciting new venture for Susan: A new series of web-based sewing classes for all of us gals (and guys?) who want the nitty gritty on couture techniques. (I won’t reveal too much here, but can you say “Hello cocktail dress class!?”)
Beyond these new classes, we had a great time chatting about everything from sewing women’s dreams (yes, bridal gowns!) to learning some of Madame Grès’s sculptural folding techniques straight from one of the last living employees of the iconic designer’s Parisian workroom.
Susan and I chatted via Skype, which I’ve been learning is a little glitchy. So apologies for the slightly “tinny” quality of the recording (and for any rough sounding edits). Otherwise, the interview is chock-full of interesting tidbits that I think any seamstress, sewist, or sewer will enjoy.
Happily, Thread Cult is creeping up the Beauty & Fashion podcast chart on iTunes. If you like the show, please subscribe on iTunes and give ‘er a rating! It will help the show reach more sewing pepes:)
Thread Cult, Episode #6: Susan Khalje Dreams of Couture
Notes from Episode #6: