Dressmaking

Overview

Perfect for anyone interested in sewing ? whether it's updating an old top or creating an A-line skirt from scratch ? Dressmaking covers everything one needs to know to make, alter, and customize clothes.

Sewers will discover what supplies to buy and how to use them, the best fabrics to choose based on drape and weave, how to understand patterns and alter them, and the essential general techniques to master ? plus patterns and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for ...

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Overview

Perfect for anyone interested in sewing — whether it's updating an old top or creating an A-line skirt from scratch — Dressmaking covers everything one needs to know to make, alter, and customize clothes.

Sewers will discover what supplies to buy and how to use them, the best fabrics to choose based on drape and weave, how to understand patterns and alter them, and the essential general techniques to master — plus patterns and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for a skirt, dress, shirt, tee, jacket, and pair of pants — including suggested variations!

Finishing up with tips and inspiration on alterations, repairs, and customizing any clothes, from dealing with holes and tears to lengthening and shortening sleeves, this handy guide is the dressmaking bible no budding seamstress should be without.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The trademark characteristics of DK's books—extensive color photographs and straightforward presentation—are present yet again in British dressmaking instructor Smith's first book. All of the basics of garment sewing are included, from sewing techniques to supplies, but the highlight of the book is the information about adjusting patterns and sewing specific garment features, such as in-seam pockets or invisible zippers. Patterns for several garments are included, but they need to be printed, drafted by hand onto pattern paper, or enlarged on a copier. VERDICT While there's enough basic information here for novices, Dressmaking works better as an encyclopedic reference for experienced garment sewists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756698201
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 423,785
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Smith
A touching, triumphant memoir that's drawn comparisons to Alice Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones, Name All the Animals marks the promising debut of Alison Smith.

Good To Know

In our interview, Smith shared some fun facts about herself:

"I love oysters! I will only eat them raw. Last summer my friends and I rented a house for a week on Long Island. We bought an oyster knife and fresh oysters from the local fisherman and learned to shuck them ourselves. Then we had an oyster eating contest. I ate 30 in one sitting."

"The current song with which I am obsessed: Rod Stewart's Maggie May. Yes, you heard right, Rod Stewart. Listen to it -- it's a good song -- great lyrics. And the mandolin at the end -- lovely."

"When I am completely stuck with a piece of writing, I like to try standing on my head and talking myself through it. There is something about being upside down that can help me shift into a new mode."

"When I was in grade school I wanted to be a farmer so that I could hang out with the livestock. When I was in high school I wanted to be a cemeterologist so that I could hang out in Mount Hope Cemetery all day taking rubbings of gravestones. When I was in college, I though that I would be a teacher -- in order to do something useful with my life. I thought being a writer was too self-indulgent."

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    1. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 12, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rochester, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Brown University, 1992
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