Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised & Updated Paperback – 7 May 2011
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With clarity and a profound respect for technique and application, Claire Shaeffer brings one into an haute-couture atelier, where the realm of possibility has no boundaries. She imparts the secrets of hand-work that allow a garment to become weightless, a wisp of dimension for the wearer. She pays homage to the gods of the craft and bows to the church of haute couture. --Ralph Rucci, designer
As every "Vogue Patterns "reader knows, Claire Shaeffer can unravel couture garment construction better than anyone, and her revised and updated version of "Couture Sewing Techniques" is the authoritative guide to haute couture techniques In it, Shaeffer demystifies designer garments and gives you the confidence to try the techniques and practiced in the ateliers of the haute couture. A must-have for all serious sewers. -Vogue Patterns
About the Author
Claire Shaeffer is an acclaimed couture designer and recognised expert in the history of fashion. She gives twice-yearly workshops to a select few and has published many books on the topic of couture techniques including the first edition of Couture Sewing Techniques, which has sold more than 80,000 copies.
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I'm sure this book will always be a valuable addition to my reference library as well as a joy to read in itself. Anyone who has even a passing interest in improving their skills should get themselves a copy as soon as they possibly can.
I don't usually buy books on a whim and prefer to get them second hand or from the library - in this case I'm very glad I bought my own copy.
Divided into easy to find sections, it contains both written descriptive parts as well as a large quantity of how-to's. Unlike some sewing books/guides, it is heavier on the description than illustration, although the latter are good too. The most fascinating and special part of this book is the shots of vintage couture garments, many from Claire Schaeffer's collection.
It has now become my first go-to book, before looking online for help with a technique I'll go to this because the advice contained here is guaranteed of great quality. I'm very interested in couture techniques and do most of my sewing by hand - this book has taught me much of what I know.
An excellent book, well worth the cover price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent quality of information on advanced sewing techniques.Published 1 month ago by Jitka Brandejska
I was thrilled with this purchase - it was second hand so cheap and it arrived promptly and in excellent condition - couldn't have asked for more. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wendy
Comprehensive guide to top sewing techniques, clearly explained and very well illustrated.Published 11 months ago by susan hector
Loved this as an insight into the world of couture, which was my primary reason for purchasing this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ladygreen
Full of useful information and tips, but wish there was more about sewing with lace.Published 13 months ago by B A Friel