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Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques Hardcover-spiral – 10 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 01 edition (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408127598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408127599
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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"This book takes the mystery out of couture techniques which some dressmakers assume are either difficult, or only for professional fashion designers. The Dressmaker's Handbook shows that these skills can easily be acquired, with clear instructions in simple, step-by-step stages." --Sew Today (Feb 2011)

About the Author

Lynda Maynard has a B.A. in Textiles and Clothing from San Jose State University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Fashion Design departments of two community colleges and a private design school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is known in the industry as a "fit specialist".


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Lots of great methods and insights, fantastic little read
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I received this book today and it was just what is needed in any dressmaker's collection. The author gives you such tips as how to make a hidden sew in pocket, how to stop a slit in a skirt from ripping, how to handle difficult materials and many more.

I often find that the little details (how to cover a press stud) are the ones that are so often overlooked in sewing books and this one covers it.

It is not for a complete beginner and it does assume that you already know how to sew.

The book is beautifully illustrated and easy to read, being spiral bound and I'm sure any dressmaker will use it again and again.

Particularly useful for the perfectionist.

This would make a wonderful gift for any dressmaker at any level.
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I bought this along with Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer because, looking at the reviews for both, I thought I might be missing something if I didn't get the other. I wasn't. This book is by far the better in my opinion, but I was looking for something to instruct me on how to get a more professional, high end finish on my clothing (which includes wedding dresses, prom dresses and christening gowns amongst other things - so finish is pretty important) rather than an in-depth history book. This book has very clear, user-friendly instructions, excellent photographs and illustrations and most of the techniques are illustrated in several steps...on actual fabric, unlike the other book! It has given me much inspiration and reminded me of several techniques my mother, a professional seamstress, used but I had completely forgotten about. I do understand that much actual couture sewing is done by hand and I'm not adverse to that, where necessary (in fact, I always 'thread trace' and 'baste', though I've always known these as simply 'tacking' - 'basting' is what you do to a turkey!), but if you want to use a sewing machine for the majority of your project as I do, then this book also comes up trumps in that department. I will definitely be referring back to this book time and time again - exactly what I was looking for!
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So I bought this based upon reviews and descriptions, as I am a beginner/intermediate looking to just learn skills to design and make clothes creatively. Don't get me wrong, what the book contains is explained clearly with relevant photos and that is why I chose to give it the 3 stars. But I needed and was lead to believe that it would contain creative techniques such as on the cover. Anyone else expecting the same will be just as sorely disappointed as I was upon reading it. It covers 'couture' fastenings, edging, hems, seams, lining and interfacing at length. It has a decent guide to materials but even that seems far from complete.

It contains one double page on making toiles and even that is not that useful. The book is interspersed with catwalk images but no explanation of how to do any of the techniques shown in them. The rest of the example images loom like dated projects from the likes of Debenhams or Boscovs!

In frustration I have had to buy another two books - one is 'the art of manipulating fabric' and the other is the revised 'complete collection of couture sewing' which had some bad reviews which instead pointed me towards this red herring. Will be posting reviews on those once they arrive.
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This book is packed with techniques for giving a high-quality finish to home-sewn garments. In each case she explains where and why you might use the technique. There are ample clear photos to illustrate each process and the book is spiral-bound which makes it easy to read whilst working. The main sections are: Bindings and Finishes; Design Details On Show; Design Details Concealed; Designer Underpinnings; Directory Of Luxury Fabrics; Essential Couture Techniques. My only criticism is that in the underpinnings section there are photos showing a skirt where one half has a technique applied to it and the other doesn't, to illustrate the benefit of lining it, backing the fabric etc, but I can't tell the difference in many cases. Anyone who is serious about improving their dressmaking skills would benefit from using this book. Even a novice could follow it though as it explains things clearly and comprehensively.
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I found the techniques useful and informative. I was disappointed however that the diamond effect created on the fabric on the front cover wasn't include as that was one of the main reasons I bought the book.
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A very pretty book... full of very pretty pictures of seriously weird looking women who obviously need some food and a decent hair cut... Of the 25 or so full page pictures (including the front cover) showing lovely finishes on fabric, only about 5 of the techniques were actually described in the book... why on earth put in photos but not bother describing how to create them? The actual techniques that were described were great, good clear piccies but this book is a serious con. I bought the book hoping to be able to recreate the top shown on the front cover.. nah! it wasn't even referred to!
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