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

Overview

What are the building blocks of a great wardrobe? For men, the shirt, and pants. For women, the blouse, skirt, dress, and pants. The Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction will teach the home seamstress how to make them all, as well as learn how to design and sew garments that flatter their figure and reflect their personal style. From learning how to take proper measurements and make a muslin, to fitting and making common adjustments, the basic order of construction for each garment, such as fitting ...
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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

What are the building blocks of a great wardrobe? For men, the shirt, and pants. For women, the blouse, skirt, dress, and pants. The Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction will teach the home seamstress how to make them all, as well as learn how to design and sew garments that flatter their figure and reflect their personal style. From learning how to take proper measurements and make a muslin, to fitting and making common adjustments, the basic order of construction for each garment, such as fitting the bodice before attaching sleeves, is covered. Detailed chapters on elements-sleeves, collars, waistbands, hems, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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.

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.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607650256
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Illustrated Guide to Sewing
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,272,922
  • File size: 26 MB
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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 seamstress and Editorial Director at Fox Chapel Publishing. She served as the style editor for Tree Craft and the editor for the Illustrated Guide to Sewing Series.

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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.

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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.

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