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Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Couture Techniques by Peg Couch
  

Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Couture Techniques

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Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Couture Techniques by Peg Couch

This title helps you learn the timeless skills and techniques of sewing designer quality fashions and creating one of a kind, custom fitted pieces that have shape, strength and beauty. Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Couture Techniques guides readers through the characteristics that separate basic sewing from couture such as a custom fit, meticulous handwork and quality construction. Starting with an overview on important topics such as working with fine fabrics, custom fitting garments and hand stitching, readers will go on to learn how to create one of a kind fashions that have shape, strength and beauty with close up chapters on creating couture collars, necklines, sleeves and more.

Reviews

Following on from Tailorit1g - A complete course 0 Making a Professional Suit featured in last month's book reviews and also edited by Peg Couch, the Illustrated Guide to Sewit1g Couture Teclltliques contains similarly comprehensive instruction. Including lots of dressmaking tips and techniques, the book guides the reader through the processes of creating designer quality clothes by graduating from basic sewing techniques to the elements that make up couture garment construction. This book is not aimed at beginners to making clothing and the reader will need some degree of experience. Instructions include laying out fabric, pattern adjustment and useful shaping and couture techniques that include inserting invisible fasteners and handwork. I've been given the opportunity to review a few books in this line, and I chose Couture Techniques first because I knew I didn't have the slightest clue about what constitutes couture. And I was right! I thought couture was just a fancy schmancy term for expensive clothing made by famous designers. But really, these garments are set apart for a reason. So much thought and care goes into how these pieces are created, resulting in well-fitting, long-lasting, beautiful clothing. This book was surprisingly easy to understand. I wondered if I'd just be wading through fashion-industry-gibberish accented by pretty pictures of clothing. Instead I found user-friendly charts and lots of great diagrams that teach you how to do everything, from choosing the right fabrics for your purpose to trouble-shooting common problems in clothing design. You won't learn how to draft patterns here, but you will learn a lot about fitting existing paper patterns to your measurements. It has never been quite clear to me how to execute those changes, and I'm certain this will be a valuable resource next time I'm working on my pieces. The only thing I actually missed were more pictures of the final products. Partially so I'd have a better idea of whether or not I'd like to attempt some of the techniques (a tie collar I've got to see someone looking cute in that before I'll attempt it!), but mostly because I like to look at pretty pictures I'd be surprised if any intermediate seamstress was disappointed in this book. It might be overwhelming for newbies, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to check it out. I could have benefitted from some of these tips long ago! This illustrated sewing guide takes readers through the characteristics that separate basic sewing from couture such as a custom fit, meticulous handwork, and quality construction. Learn how to create one-of-a-kind fashions that have shape, strength, and beauty.


About the Author

Peg Couch is an amateur seamstress and book acquisition editor at Fox Chapel Publishing. Fox Chapel Publishing crafts information for a hands on world. With over 350 backlist titles, two magazines and over 35 new books each year; Fox Chapel specialises in educating and inspiring crafters working in a variety of mediums including sewing, woodworking and others.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2011

Author

Peg Couch

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Publisher

Fox Chapel Publishing

Format

Paperback
200 pages

Categories

Needlework & fabric crafts

ISBN

9781565235342

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