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The Dressmaker's Technique Bible: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing Techniques [Spiral-bound]

Lorna Knight
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31 Oct 2008
All the guidance you need to create beautiful clothes, whether you are following a pattern, adding embellishments or starting from scratch. The step by step instructions for a wide range of dressmaking techniques from basic patterns through to couture designs makes it suitable for beginners as well as sewers with more experience. Easy-to-follow, highly illustrated instructions explain the essential dressmaking techniques - allowing you to work confidently from a pattern to create beautiful clothes that fit perfectly. It features an at-a-glance guide to basic garment shapes and styles, cross referenced with the relevant techniques throughout the book. Includes advice on body shape, choosing the right fabric for the right garment as well as decorative sewing techniques such as embroidery and applique. It features step techniques for making basic garment details including waistbands, hems, sleeves, cuffs, necklines, collars, fastenings, pockets and linings. Suitable for beginners, or those who are already designing or making their own clothes, this is the perfect book for honing dressmaking skills and inspiring fashionable new designs.

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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715329545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715329542
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lorna Knight studied textiles at Queen Mary University College in Edinburgh. She has worked as a clothes and lingerie designer and currently runs workshops on a range of sewing skills from high street to couture fashions. Lorna writes regularly for various sewing magazines and is the author of The Sewing Stitch and Textile Bible (Krause).

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209 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reference 30 Nov 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
Wow! A dressmaking book that is clear and easy to use. It includes basic techniques through to more sophisticated tailoring. The diagrams and photos are the only ones I have found so far (I have lots of dressmaking books) that are easy to follow. It gives great tips on achieving better finishes and the kind of problems most people encounter trying to follow patterns or creating your own designs. Includes a chart of body shapes and the kind of clothes that suit them. Also diagrams of different styles of clothes and the techniques that are required to make them. Excellent for both beginners and as a reference for more experienced dressmakers.
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154 of 159 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best 14 Dec 2010
Format:Spiral-bound
I was given this as a present by a thoughtful friend. It had been on my wishlist for a while, and so I was qutie happy to receive it. Until I opened it.

It's spiral-bound and small, which makes it handy to handle (although it still doesn't bend backwards, it does keep its page when opened flat), but greatly reduces image size and detailing. Instructions aren't as detailed as they could be and I often found myself going "HUH?" when looking something up or randomly reading. And I have a fair amount of experience, as I make my own dresses (!!).

My personal recommendation, whether you're new to sewing or more experienced would be to get "The Sewing book" by Alison Smith instead (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sewing-Book-Alison-Smith). Large images, brilliant step-by-tiny-step explanations... and some advanced projects at the end of the book to inspire you to go further.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - a must have reference book! 8 Nov 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
This is a user friendly book:

* neat size
* spiral bound making it easy to use as one is working
* excellent diagrams and step by step guides to techniques

The book also advises how to choose styles to suit each body type.

This invaluable book would be suitable for all - as a guide for the beginner or reference for the more experienced dressmaker. I am employed in a sewing room but have returned to dressmaking for myself recently - this is just what I needed to refresh my memory.

I will not need another reference book - this truly is a 'bible' for me!
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stuuningly helpful little book! 4 July 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
I bought this book based on the first review and WOW - it certainly is fantastic, clear and practical too ... the spiral binding allows it to sit open next to the sewing machine as I use it. I've been sewing for years (self taught) and this is one of the most helpful sewing books I have come across - lovely clear photographs and explanations. I forget techniques I haven't used for a while and wanted a book that would save me from time-consuming practice and material wastage. It's exactly what I wanted. Thank you to Lorna Knight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Techniques 26 Aug 2010
Format:Spiral-bound
I bought this book for my daughter who has just started making her own costumes. She refers to it all the time! The spiral spine and hard cover are ideal as you can prop it up and use both hands to do your work. I recommend it to all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dressmaker's Technique Bible 22 Sep 2010
Format:Spiral-bound
As a dressmaker for over 40 years and the owner of many dressmaking/sewing books, I was delighted with this book.
It is so user friendly, with clearly defined graphics and marvellous techniques. I have already implemented some
of the techniques shown and the results were very successful and professional. Also the A5 size makes it very convenient as I can have it next to my machine for immediate reference.

My compliments and thanks to Lorna Knight for a really great book.

Maria Morrison
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Nov 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
I bought this book because the reviews were favourable. Very disappointing. A lot about stitching seams we never use anymore and very little about actual sewing. Expecting a sewer to sew a whole dress lining explained by 3 tiny drawing is ridiculous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is great for students to use - good diagrams and photos, and clear explanations - I have recommended it to many of my students.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not easy to follow
Too many glossary of terms with one sentence description. The diagrams are very hard to make sense of and not all the steps are covered covered with a diagram. Read more
Published 1 day ago by UmmMuhammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeahhh! :)
I never heard the end of this book!
Such a GREAT buy! Bought as a present. So many good techniques and tips. Read more
Published 1 day ago by F. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a good bok. It's a shame you can't turn the book back on itself.
Published 3 days ago by Maureen Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little reference book
Really nicely produced reference book (though I did think it might be like trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs). Great little book for any aspiring seamstress.
Published 5 days ago by Sylvia Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of help.
An invaluable book for dressmakers. Easy to read and binding allows the book to open flat.
Published 11 days ago by Greenfingers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, easy to follow for the absolute beginner like me. Detailed colour pictures. Very happy with it.
Published 14 days ago by Rachelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 19 days ago by wemimo
5.0 out of 5 stars All is a great deal clearer in relation to sewing now
All is a great deal clearer in relation to sewing now. It's got everything you need to know for successful sewing.
Published 19 days ago by Happy pensioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very useful
Published 25 days ago by Moon rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ideal for the novice and returner alike.
Published 27 days ago by Kaz
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