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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B.T. Batsford; First edition (Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935278281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935278286
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fine sewing techniques used in the ateliers of Paris fashion designers are explained here in easy to follow terms, giving helpful advice on how to make couture garments. Accompanied by over 1,000 illustrations, this book shows readers how to master such difficult sewing techniques such as the Spanish snap buttonhole, circular pockets, novelty sleeve designs, and much more.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lene Lyno on 30 May 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely wonderful book.Being a professional taylor myself I thought I knew all the tricks of the trade.It is absolutely lovely to find new techniques that can improve your skills. This book is easy to understand and have really good illustrations, and even non-professionals can with this book add magnificent details to their clothing.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Penny on 8 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I am not a professional in any way but I have found this book wonderfully inspirational. I have successfully cut out a bias skirt using no pattern just following the advice given for cutting on the bias and how to cut out ruffles that hang rather than stick out also using the circle and bias techniques. Currently I am working on a skirt which started out as an A line pattern but is now a slim fitting gored skirt with godets also a technique in this book. It does not contain step by step instructions more an understanding and information on how to. Perhaps not a book for beginners but certainly useful for anyone who can cut out and assemble clothes competantly and want to advance from basics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Mary Lacote on 19 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading Amazon reviews. The text is great with good explanations. As a previous reviewer noted, it is not a book for complete beginners; some sewing experience is necessary. The dresses pictured to illustrate various techniques are technically good..stylistically, however, very 80s. For this reason, I did not find the images inspirational, although I must stress that I do appreciate the workmanship, to the point that I almost think I like some of them!

Chapter 10 is devoted to darts and I found it particularly useful.

My criticism of this book would be it could do with some minor updating and I would have liked to see chapters specifically on how to handle different fabrics. It is clear from the fabrics used in the dresses pictured that the author clearly knows what she is doing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Salim on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading the reviews. All true. Technically good, giving a good background of couture and opening up the secrets. It shows good illustrations of how you can achieve certain couture looks and even a Dior rose !

The only negative point I would say is the couture garments on display in the book are not upto date but these do not detract from the contents of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brunipenny on 23 Oct. 2010
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I feel this is the best sewing book I purchased so far.It is quick to consult at a glance (for those who do not sew all types of garments very often like me), lots of illustrations and hints. a real bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miranda on 17 April 2013
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I think I shall find this book useful as it has very clear instructions. It is very 1980's but this doesn't matter as the couture methods covered remain the same whatever you are making. The author writes in quite a corny, gushy style which is slightly irritating but it's still a good book with lots of information.
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