Learn couture dressmaking techniques in The Gown of the Year ✄✄✄

What to Bring

  • A detailed description of supplies required will be included with your confirmation email
  • Gown fabric, threads, belt buckle, underlining and lining, interfacing fleece, 46 cm zipper, 6 hooks & eyes, boning, seam binding, stay tape, horsehair braid

Appropriate For

  • ✄✄✄ If you have made garments using patterns and understand sewing terminology and have some experience with pattern markings, this is a skill level you are ready for. You are expected to know how to use a sewing machine.

Learn couture dressmaking techniques in The Gown of the Year ✄✄✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • There will be homework between workshops in this course.
  • 7 x Sundays from 10am to 2pm, from July 9th to August 27th.

What You Will Learn

  • How to make a strapless gown that won't feel like it needs to be pulled up!
  • Detailed support and experience in making the B6353 Butterick: Patterns by Gertie Dress
  • Fit a bodice toile, insert boning, a waist stay, bust pleats, single thread darts, using horsehair braid, underlinings, interlinings and linings

What You Get

  • The gown of the year made by you!
  • Butterick's B6353 pattern
  • Thread Den's comprehensive and detailed instructions and notes as well as the pattern instructions


If you have a desire to make formal gowns, your own wedding dress or a stunning cocktail dress - this is the perfect couture techniques course for you.

This gown was designed by Gretchen Hersch for her line of 'Patterns By Gertie' for Butterick.  The B6535 Butterick Misses' Strapless Dress, Detachable Train and Belt which Gertie said is inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and with the bust pleats and in pink it is very reminicent of Marilyn Monroe's gown from the Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend dance sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Sewing a gown like this is quite the challenge! But with Thread Den's teachers who have made this gown, you'll have the advantage of their experience and comprehensive instructions to provide a great deal more detail with Butterick's instructions.

While making this gown you will learn all of the following couture techniques:

  • Making a bodice toile to achieve a beautiful fit
  • Using silk organsa and felt underlinings
  • Inserting bodice boning and a waist stay
  • Bust pleats and single thread darts 
  • Hiding away the inner construction with a lining
  • Inserting a pick stitch zip
  • Using horsehair braid in the train hem 

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