The "Reader's Digest" Complete Guide to Sewing Hardcover – 30 Nov 2010
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Title: New Complete Guide to Sewing( Step-By-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Reader'sDigest <>Publisher: Reader'sDigestAssociation
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I particularly like the section about different fabrics. Over 8 pages it gives a brief intro into different types of fabric. There are specialist books out there and I have Claire Shaeffer's but I find them a bit overwhelming for beginners. This tells you just enough to know what you're looking for and why.
There are 20 'projects' in there but they're a bit of a swizz because many of them need a Simplicity pattern as well.
Illustrations are nearly all through line drawings but they are pretty clear.
Sections are as follows. I've listed the subsections I think you might find interesting but not all of them because there are too many and I'm too lazy!:
Sewing equipment and fabrics
- inc washing care symbols
- inc fabric widths, reading a pattern, pattern alterations
Stitches and seams
- inc hand and machine sewing, seam finishes
Neckline finishes and collars
- inc facings
Waistlines and belts
- inc casings and joinings
Sleeves and sleeve finishes
- inc decorative and faced finishes
- inc zips and buttonholes
Patchwork and quilting
Our tutor recommended this book - she has the first edition of it. We are studying the couture method of dressmaking which is quite involved and this book is ideal. It has plenty of illustrations which support the text and is very easy to follow.
All of us first timers have bought it and we are very pleased with it.
I would definitely recommend this book to those starting out in dressmaking or even those who are quite skilled in it - a very useful reference tool to have.
Use this book and you can produce properly made, couture-quality clothes at home. Or run up something for the kids using a remnant. It's your choice. The main part of the text takes you, step by step, through every aspect of making a garment, including cutting and fitting your own patterns, from underlying principles to finishing touches. There is guidance, with excellent diagrams, to all the processes involved. There are garments to make, too, with the patterns shown as diagrams for you to scale up to full size on paper.
The last section of the book is "sewing for the home" with patchwork projects, curtains, soft toys - the whole lot, including a four-foot-long cuddly Stegosaurus! But the main emphasis is on clothes.
Because the clothes are designed from first principles, the book hasn't dated; in fact, many of the 1970s clothes featured are exactly what is in the shops at the moment, which is amusing! I would recommend this book very highly indeed to anyone interested in learning to design, in taking their sewing skills beyond the basics in most recent books, or especially in following the "new thriftiness" by adapting and altering clothes or making something new from something old.
It has no coverage of altering and making mens and boys clothes.
All diagrams and patterns are based on the female form. Hence I don't see how it can be described as "complete".
Stitches are stitches but a lot of people will require gender shaped patterns / instructions.
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