I never made a couture garment but I plan to start now :-)
The problem is deciding what to make. I made several successful skirts, and a have a well fitted TnT pattern for them. If the target is couture this seems to me the best option, as at least this is a road I have walked successfully before.
However, my very great desire is to make a well fitting dress. This is difficult because I have a problem with fitting tops.
Getting to terms with upper body fit is my only sewing resolution for this year. The problem is the back and that I don't have eyes behind it. Or a spare set of hands.
My SO has been helping somewhat but he won't go as far as hands on help. I have to thank Lynda Maynard's Craftsy class for getting his help at all: the "lines must be parallel or perpendicular to the floor" mantra was simple to explain and pretty simple to get right. Perhaps an in person sewing/fitting class would work ?
To get back to the problem at hand, dear readers, I would like to have your vote. Shall my first couture garment be:
1: a skirt, which I know I've mostly got the fit right for and where I can concentrate exclusively on couture techniques
2: a dress, which will involve a lengthy process of fitting before starting to concentrate on said couture techniques.
I'll make a decision on Monday, let me know what your thoughts are.