Couture Sewing: Techniques

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Sewers who have ever longed to create clothing with the distinctive look of haute couture will love this book. They'll learn the finer points of hand sewing, shaping, and finishing for a high-end, professional look. This book is for all sewing enthusiasts who appreciate fine workmanship.

A nationally known sewing expert introduces readers to the world of haute couture, sharing the craftmanship of the most skilled artisans in the world, including those in the ...

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Overview

Sewers who have ever longed to create clothing with the distinctive look of haute couture will love this book. They'll learn the finer points of hand sewing, shaping, and finishing for a high-end, professional look. This book is for all sewing enthusiasts who appreciate fine workmanship.

A nationally known sewing expert introduces readers to the world of haute couture, sharing the craftmanship of the most skilled artisans in the world, including those in the workrooms of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Givenchy, and Baleciaga. Photos and illustrations.

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From the workrooms of world fashion, including Dior, Chanel, and Givenchy, the secrets of couture craft are detailed, enabling home sewers to refine their skills. Shaeffer, author of many sewing titles, focuses on the fine construction techniques of haute couture and reviews hand stitching, making pleats or finished pockets, shaping a perfect fit, producing flawless finishing, and creating beautiful embellishments and closures. Special attention is given to creating couture jackets, coats, and evening wear. Photographs of fashions and drawings of techniques accompany the text. Not for beginning sewers, this title is for libraries serving those interested in studying and re-creating the art and science of haute couture. (Glossary, bibliography, sources of supply, index, and metric conversion chart not seen.)-Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561584970
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire B. Shaeffer is an internationally recognized expert in fashion design history, and construction techniques for haute couture and high-end ready-to-wear. She is a long-time designer for Vogue Patterns, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, and the author of numerous books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Part I. The Basics of Couture Sewing 4
Chapter 1. Inside the World of Haute Couture 6
Chapter 2. The Art of Hand Sewing 20
Chapter 3. Shaping the Garment: Seams, Darts and Pressing Techniques 34
Chapter 4. Edge Finishes: Hems, Facings and Bindings 60
Chapter 5. Closures 80
Part II. Applying Couture Techniques 98
Chapter 6. Skirts and Pants 100
Chapter 7. Blouses and Dresses 118
Chapter 8. Sleeves 134
Chapter 9. Pockets 150
Chapter 10. Jackets and Coats 162
Chapter 11. Eveningwear 186
Selected Glossary of Terms 212
Metric Conversion Chart 213
Bibliography 214
Sources of Supply 215
Index 216
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Very Clear With Good Photos

    This book offers very clear instrucions on how to make couture-quality garments. The brief history of haute couture is inforamtive, and the photos used to illustrate different features and techniques are well chosen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2009

    Gorgeous

    When I used to sew, I discovered that it would be more efficient and pleasant to throw the material in the garbage can as I pulled in my driveway on the way home from the fabric store. But I do knit and love to construct garments that are shapely and well-finished.
    I bought this book because I saw it in a Barnes & Noble store and was knocked out by how beautiful it is and the amount of detail it contains.
    This book is inspiring. If you love clothes, it will let you know what to look for when you buy or make your own.

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