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The Complete Book of Sewing
     

The Complete Book of Sewing

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by D. K. Publishing Incorporated, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff, Martin M. Shoben, Lisa Rose, Chris Jefferys
 
Clear enough for the novice, detailed enough for the accomplished home sewer.

At last — the only sewing book you'll ever need, whether you've sewn for years or are just starting out. The Complete Book of Sewing covers every technique you need for dressmaking and sewing for the home, from choosing the right fabric, to pleating and living, to achieving couture

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Clear enough for the novice, detailed enough for the accomplished home sewer.

At last — the only sewing book you'll ever need, whether you've sewn for years or are just starting out. The Complete Book of Sewing covers every technique you need for dressmaking and sewing for the home, from choosing the right fabric, to pleating and living, to achieving couture finishes. With this practical sourcebook at your fingertips, you will be able to create a whole new wardrobe or give a room a fresh look with new curtains and cushions.

Develop new skills and strengthen old ones. Each technique is illustrated step-by-step in color photographs so that you can see exactly what to do. Supplementary artworks and special tip boxes appear throughout the book to make the techniques even clearer and to show you shortcuts and tricks of the trade.

Know the right materials for the job. Sewing tells you which tools you need for each technique. You will also learn how to choose a pattern, alter it to fit, and apply it to your fabric, and how to identify the fabric that is best for your needs. Whether you want to whip up a designer dress, patch your favorite jeans, produce a pair of curtains, or alter a tailored jacket, The Complete Book of Sewing is the place to start.

Author Biography: Chris Jefferys leads the team of expert sewing writers and contributors on The Complete Book of Sewing. She taught needlework and embroidery for a number of years before moving on to become dressmaking editor at Family Circle (UK). Since then, Chris Jefferys has contributed as a writer, consultant, and editor to many magazines and books, including Essentials, Sew Stylish, Make It Easy, Successful Sewing, and the Hamlyn Complete Sewing Course.

Clare Carter has contributed her sewing expertise to many publications in the UK, including Essentials, Woman & Home, and Woman's Realm.

Lisa Rose teaches custom tailoring and couture techniques at the London Centre for Fashion Studies. She has worked with a number of clothing designers, including Zandra Rhodes and Amanda Wakely, and currently is working with bridal wear designer Phillipa Lepley.

Martin Shoben is the director of studies at the London Centre for Fashion Studies, which he founded. He is a consultant on the development of clothing products and related industries. His textbooks for fashion students are used in many countries.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAThis outstanding sewing guide provides a detailed reference for both novices and experts. Each page is filled with colorful photographs of models demonstrating different techniques. Chapters explain how to pick and use patterns; select fabrics and notions; sew basic stitches and seams; attach interfacings and interlinings; form darts, tucks, pleats, and gathers; sew necklines, collars, waistlines, sleeves, and cuffs; hem; and add edges, fastenings, and pockets. The Complete Guide to Sewing (Reader's Digest, 1976) makes the directions for marking and cutting pattern pieces more accessible by combining them in one chapter, plus it provides more basic directions for using a serger. However, the blue-and-white illustrations and layout lack the powerful aesthetic appeal of Cream's guide. This title can supplement any pattern company's garment construction, and its visuals will entice many YAs to give sewing a try. A definite purchase.Linda Diane Townsend, West Potomac High School, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789404190
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.14(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Complete Book of Sewing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is the ultimate book for sewing whether a beginner or a professional alike! Each description provides you with color photos, step-by-step diagrams leading you in every step of the way. While other books are confusing and do not provide color photos, this book is written in plain English (aka you do not need a dressmaker's vocabulary) and blasted with color photos every step of the way. For those of you who are confused with the types of needles, types of fabric, properly using a pattern, and mending clothes, this book explains all to you in simple words that everyone can understand! Finally! A book that explains it all!