Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction: A Complete Course on Making Clothing for Fit and Fashion

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Learn how to make all the building blocks of a great wardrobe. A perfect book for those who want to make their own clothing for style, fit, or just for fun.
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Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction: A Complete Course on Making Clothing for Fit and Fashion

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Overview

Learn how to make all the building blocks of a great wardrobe. A perfect book for those who want to make their own clothing for style, fit, or just for fun.
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Pros: step-by-step colour photos for everything, left and right handed instructions for hand sewing, progresses through basics to quite advanced techniques

Cons: some later instructions may be hard to follow without referring to the accompanying photos and even the glossary

The Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction is a great guide for beginner and intermediate sewers who want to give their sewing a more professional look. It starts with the basics, touching briefly on some machine and hand sewing techniques, fabric preparation and essential notions. It assumes some knowledge and suggests reading through your sewing machine guide if you're a complete beginner before starting with this book.

This book teaches garment construction specifically. From the hand stitching techniques of basting (to check fit before sewing) to hemming, the book moves on to the correct construction order for garments and then to professional style finishing techniques.

Each set of instructions is accompanied by a series of full colour photographs with the different steps numbered for reference. The photos certainly help with clarity. Actual beginners will find themselves flipping to the glossary at the back of the book and to earlier sections where some procedures are given in more detail. I imagine many of the techniques taught (as with everything skill related) take time and practice to master.

The book recommends taking extra time with pre-sewing adjustments to ensure that you only sew once to create flattering, well constructed garments. And this is certainly a great book to help you achieve your sewing goals.

I own a lot of books about sewing and fashion, but rarely do I just sit down and read them. Mostly I use them when I need to know something specific. For this one, however, I actually sat down and looked through it from cover to cover and noted some of the things that differentiate this from other books.

This book is for a beginner and they do a very thorough job of taking you through the construction of a garment. Some of the things that stood out to me:

-Explanations of the different type of machine stitches. That's usually only in the manuals that come with the machine
-The illustrations of hand sewing were very detailed and helpful
-Assurances that space shouldn't be an issue when setting up your sewing area
-Guide to the use of color and pattern to enhance different body types. That's usually in books about fashion, not sewing
-Detail about how to straighten fabric and concise and clear instructions on preparing fabric to sew
-Rudimentary instructions for altering patterns made the process seem not so intimidating
-Directions on pinning patterns to fabric and matching plaids and checks. Good for those of us who are slaves to the pattern instructions
-Shows how to assemble five basic garments based on logic not pattern instructions
-Includes men's clothing
-After showing basics, goes into more details with seams, zippers, pockets, etc.

Good for a beginner and also a great addition to any sewing library.

New stitchers or those looking for a refresher course in garment sewing will find this title particularly useful as it provides a step-by-step guide to making a basic wardrobe of clothes designed to flatter and fit. Using classic sewing techniques it guides the reader through each stage required to make a dress, shirt, blouse, skirt and women'slmen's trousers with detailed sections on seams, hems, closures, sleeves, collars, pockets,
hems and facings. Presented as a photo guide it is easy to follow and improve skills while learning the basics of hand and machine stitching, working with patterns, adjusting to fit, assembling and finishing. All in all, a great introduction for those looking to progress to advanced techniques or who want to boost their wardrobe with some wellfitting staples.

' a great introduction for those looking to progress to advanced techniques or who want to boost their wardrobe with some well fitting staples.'

Not for the outright beginner, these books provide in-depth instruction on creating classic wardrobe basics and professional clothing for both men and women. Readers learn how to select patterns that fit their body shape and measurements, choose fabrics, and construct seams, cuffs, collars, and waistbands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565235090
  • Publisher: Design Originals
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Illustrated Guide to Sewing Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 625,313
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Fox Chapel Publishing publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. We inspire and inform readers who enjoy a variety of crafts and hobbies, including woodworking, arts and crafts, home & garden, outdoor projects, cooking and much more. Our greatest joy comes from working with talented craftspeople to make their designs and techniques available for everyone who shares the love of creating things by hand. We publish two magazines, Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts, and have over 1000 backlist titles including Design Originals, Heliconia Press, and Plain White Press imprints.

Peg Couch is an amateur sewist and book acquisition editor at Design Originals, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing. She served as editor for the Illustrated Guide to Sewing series and numerous other titles. Fox Chapel Publishing crafts information for a hands-on world. With over 350 backlist titles, two magazines, and over 90 new books each year -- Fox Chapel educates and inspires crafters working in a variety of mediums including sewing, woodworking, and more.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Basics
*Machine sewing
*Hand sewing
*Pressing and ironing
*Cutting
*SBS: Hand stitches
Chapter 2: Patternmaking
*Pattern markings and symbols
*Taking measurements
*Adjusting patterns to fit
Chapter 3: Fabric
*Selecting fabrics for style and fit
Chapter 4: How to make classic garments
*Dress
*Shirt
*Blouse
*Woman's pants
*Men's pants
Chapter 5: How to construct garment elements
*Seams
*Darts
*Pleats
*Zippers
*Waistbands
*Sleeves and cuffs
*Collars
*Faces and hems
*Pockets
*Closures
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    I agree, complete waste of money

    I too cannot enlarge the text. I wish I would have read reviews before I purchased. Not even worth a star as I cannot read a thing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Cannot read a single word of it :(

    I was so disappointed in this purchase - I cannot alter the text size at all, and it is completely and absolutely illegible. I am unable to speak to the contents of the book as I couldn't even read the chapter titles. Complete waste of money.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    This is perfect

    I've been sewing since I was 5 but this is a great reminder-of-all-things-good-and-true with sewing, and it's helping me get back into the groove and stop feeling like I won't remember anything anymore. Yay -- thanks. Was kind of thrilled that it's by a bunch of editors and not just one person. Makes a difference. ALSO, impressed with left-handed directions for stuff where necessary. Good move.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    I really liked this book. In fact, I have all three of this ser

    I really liked this book. In fact, I have all three of this series. It may not be easy to enlarge the photos but the information is really top notch. If a person want's to know how to do a procedure step by step, this is the book you need. If you're a bit rusty on your skills or just unsure about which step to use next , take a look at this book. It's not fancy but it does have some valuable information in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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