The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

by Lynda Maynard

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596682474
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 143,053
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lynda Maynard has been designing and sewing clothes much of her life. She has a B.A. in textiles and clothing from San Jose State University and is an adjunct professor in the fashion design departments of two community colleges and a private design school in the San Francisco Bay area. She also has a private clientele challenging her to develop innovative techniques to create a superior product. She is known in the industry as a fit specialist and is the author of the audio book De-Mystifying Fit.

Table of Contents


Part One / Couture Bindings and Finishes
This section does away with traditional facings—those pesky pattern pieces that seem to fly off the work space never to be seen again. Also, facings roll out or add bulk, and no woman wants added bulk!

Binding Techniques
• Banded V-neck on knits
• Banded V-neck on wovens
• Ribbon V-neck (may picot)
• Single fold binding on knits (neckline/armhole)
• Baby French bind on linen with double needle finish
• Banded curve finish on linen with serged, double needle finish (neckline/armhole)
• Double fold binding on wovens
• Double fold charmeuse binding applied to charmeuse garment
• Double fold charmeuse binding on chiffon
• Baby French bind—chiffon on chiffon with organza

Banded/encased hemline finishes
• Wide charmeuse band top-stitched to front
• Decorative trim top stitched to front
• Ribbon trimmed hem, top stitched to front
• Charmeuse binding on chiffon/ free flow

Part Two / Designer Underpinnings
This section explores some of the more “difficult” fabrics that seem challenging and intimidating to novices. Various handling methods can make these fabrics more “user friendly.” With the proper underpinnings, the personality of the fashion fabric can be altered to allow you to take charge.
• Charmeuse with challis
• Charmeuse with crepe de chine
• Charmeuse with batiste
• Velvet with washed organza
• Velvet with flannel
• Velvet with batiste
• Dupioni with flannel
• Wool with voile
• Wool with challis

Part Three/ Finishing Touches
This section offers a wide variety of innovative techniques and thought-provoking applications to finish your garment in style. Incorporate these suggestions to create your own unique style and personal signature.
• Grosgrain ribbon on inside of collar band
• Satin pocket bags
• Waistline “flip out” pouch
• Button-on garment sections
• Hong Kong finish to outside
• Organza “bubble” at hemline
• Petersham “peek” on a wrap skirt/ waistband
• Charmeuse ribbon work free flow/ optical illusion
• Channel stitching with flannel on charmeuse (collar/cuffs/hemband)
• Corded (collar/cuffs/hemband)
• Chiffon with organza flange down center front
• Charmeuse with welt and picot edge (collar/cuff/center front/hemline)
• Curved waistband (determining need)
• Double needle hem on knits and wovens with Lycra




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The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I heard one of the members of a sewing group that I belong to talking about this book, I couldn't wait to get home and order it from Barnes and Noble. Much to my chagrin, this book had not been sent to booksellers yet. It may have not even been published for all I know. What I do know is that I was notified that I would have to wit approximately 3 to 4 months but my CC would not be charged yada yada. When it finally cam in, I was delighted. It was everything I had imagined and more. This book is not written for someone who needs basic sewing because the author steps right into the room (page) amd begins to show some varied techniques. I do think,though, an advanced beginner would be able to understand what the instructor is saying, I really love this book and it was well worth the wait for me to get it!!
DancinMars More than 1 year ago
Great book!  Really useful for a beginner.  Easy to understand instructions with great photos.
ramambar More than 1 year ago
Excellent.I bought it as a paper book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago