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