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A technique-focused, how-to book that will guide any sewer, novice or experienced, in completing a professional-looking garment. Seamster Haynes has developed a new style of teaching clothing construction, one that’s not dependent on a specific pattern or style. Instead, she concentrates, first, on the basics, coding each photograph or illustration for easy reference—although, unfortunately, not all visuals are magnified well (such as fabric swatches, pattern booklets, and directions). After tools and patterns are addressed, from sewing machines to buttons and threads, the detailed step-by-step color photographs and captions arrive for almost every part of the process. Pinning and cutting fabric, always a critical first, are here pictured in ways and with methods that won’t allow scissors to slip. The next three elements don’t vary from that formula, providing crafters almost foolproof instructions for sewing zippers, making contour darts, and fashioning an elegantly scalloped hem, among other exercises. At the end of each chapter is a two-page color fold called “Anatomy of a Garment,” pointing via numbers to the clothing basics just discussed. --Barbara Jacobs

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"A technique-focused, how-to book that will guide any sewer, novice or experienced, in completing a professional-looking garment. Seamster Haynes has developed a new style of teaching clothing construction, one that's not dependent on a specific pattern or style. Instead, she concentrates, first, on the basics, coding each photograph or illustration for easy reference--although, unfortunately, not all visuals are magnified well (such as fabric swatches, pattern booklets, and directions). After tools and patterns are addressed, from sewing machines to buttons and threads, the detailed step-by-step color photographs and captions arrive for almost every part of the process. Pinning and cutting fabric, always a critical first, are here pictured in ways and with methods that won't allow scissors to slip. The next three elements don't vary from that formula, providing crafters almost foolproof instructions for sewing zippers, making contour darts, and fashioning an elegantly scalloped hem, among other exercises. At the end of each chapter is a two-page color fold called "Anatomy of a Garment," pointing via numbers to the clothing basics just discussed." - Booklist



"The latest in Creative Publishing's "Complete Photo Guide" series (The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing) focuses on garment construction, a broad, often complex topic that includes everything from body measurements to fabric cutting to seam finishes. Haynes, who designs patterns for her own indie pattern line, divides the intricacies of garment construction into easily manageable steps that are organized in a logical manner from start to finish. Need to know what stay stitching looks like, or how to place and sew an invisible zipper? It's in this guide, along with clear instructions and photographs of each step. Spreads titled "The Anatomy of a Garment" appear throughout to put the lessons in context using actual garments. VERDICT A valuable reference for garment-making novices; the layout makes it easy to find the necessary information." - Library Journal



"An experienced sewist, smart writer, and fabulous seamstress, Haynes has created a unique and helpful must-have manual in The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. Any and all sewing enthusiasts will benefit from having this manual on their shelves." - Kaylee Pope , AllFreeSewing.com

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Photo Guide
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589237773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589237773
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christine Haynes has been sewing since she was 10 years old, when she learned from her mother in small-town Michigan. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started her own line of vintage-inspired sewing patterns in 2011. Her first book, Chic & Simple Sewing (Potter Craft, 2009) led to a career teaching sewing, which she still does today in Los Angeles and at conferences like the Craftcation Conference (2011-2015) and the American Sewing Guild Conference (2012). Christine has since published three additional books, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (CPI, 2014), Skirts & Dresses For First Time Sewers (Barron's, 2015), and How To Speak Fluent Sewing (C+T, 2015). Christine's work has been seen in many sewing magazines and press outlets such as The New York Times, Threads Magazine, Sew News Magazine, The New York Post, Sew Stylish Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel, and NBC's Today Show, and Christine was a guest on seasons two and eight of PBS' Sew It All. She also teaches her 1960's inspired Sassy Librarian Blouse on-line at Craftsy and contributes to the Craftsy blog. Visit Christine's website www.ChristineHaynes.com or her popular blog, City Stitching, www.ChristineHaynes.Blogspot.com.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cassie MKL Lee on February 10, 2014
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This book is an excellent resource for sewing garments (but many tips and tricks can be used in any project).

Part I goes over the supplies/tools that are needed to complete your project. Christine explains the different types of sewing needles, feet, pins, threads, etc and when you would want to choose one type over another. So incredibly helpful!
Part II explains how to read a commercial pattern, what the different markings on the pattern means, how to choose the appropriate size, the different kinds of interfacing, fabric. She goes over how to prepare, mark and cut fabric. What stood out was her tips and pearls on cutting fabric with stripes, plaid and directional prints--things books and patterns never go over!
Part III is full of clear photos and explanations of sewing techniques that are often not clear (for beginners like me) in commercial patterns, such as how to sew on buttons, finish seams, grading and zippers. The portion on zippers is great, especially because I am terrified of them! Her instructions are so clear and friendly.
Part IV goes over, again in beautiful photos and clear descriptions, the different techniques you need to complete your garment (darts, pleats, gathers, shirring, collars, etc).
Part V goes some finishing touches (pockets, belt, and hems).

Bottom line : Comprehensive guide to help you in any garment sewing project, from start to finish. The explanations are very clear and are accompanied by beautiful, clear photographs. Every page has pictures on them! Full of wonderful sewing pearls and tips you can only get from someone with years of experience. I feel that it is very beginner-friendly, but experienced sewists/sewers will also appreciate her sewing pearls and techniques. Definitely will be right next to me the next time I attempt a dress pattern!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Nguyen on February 14, 2014
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I bought several books when I first started sewing. I haven't looked at them after my purchase because it didn't have what I need to start sewing. This book is completely different. Everything I needed to know about clothing construction is in this little book. It doesn't just cover the basics of seams and darts. It covers different ways to finish a seam, different ways to sew a zipper, how to sew different darts, how to iron, and so much more. Yes, how to iron. I know it's simple, but it's such a crucial step in sewing. This book covers everything. The pictures are beautiful and the instructions are clear.

I've sewn several garments over the past year, and I find this book helpful. Even though I know how to sew, I need the extra finesse and detail that is in this book. I know if I need information on a particular skill I'll go to this book first. I know the zippers, French seams, collars, hand sewing stitches will be thoroughly used. I wish it came out sooner because it would have saved me a lot of time and money because there were a lot of failed garments.

This is book is a great complement to any pattern that you would want to make. It will teach you how to sew something where as the pattern instructions will just tell you to sew it. This book will be right by my side every time I sew. This book belongs in any seamstress's sewing library, and you won't regret it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shop Girl on February 14, 2014
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As the previous reviewers state, this book is a great resource for beginners, but also wonderful if you've been sewing for a decade (or two) and are finally learning how to do things with excellent results and not just quick.

The explanations are clear and concise and the photographs are beautiful. I recognize many of the garments featured in the book as the authors own patterns, they are lovely as well. Very inspirational as I am in the process of building a self made wardrobe. I read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived and will be going back to it frequently.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2014
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I am a visual learner and my biggest criticism of craft books is that authors attempt to explain concepts or give instructions without pictures or diagrams. I was so relieved that this book came with pictures for almost every step for concepts like sewing darts, making a waistband or hemming clothing. I have a notebook where I tried to do this but my pictures are not as clear as the ones on this book. For a beginner/intermediate sewist like me, it's sometimes hard to follow patterns that don't explain steps like how to make pleats or gathers, and I'm glad that now I have something to refer to. It's almost like having Christine in my living room to guide me. A lot of my sewing books end up on the shelf, but this one will definitely stay within close reach!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Naia Suszek on May 1, 2014
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I have recently started sewing clothing; I did sew quite a bit in high school be have had a solid 15 years off. I thought this book would be a great kickstarter to encourage me to jump back in head first. I was also impressed with all the glowing blog reviews.

This book is very very basic. I would only recommend it to those who have never touched a sewing machine and have never sewn a button.

The pictures are beautiful. However, the book is full of vintage notions which can be confusing to newer sewers who only have access to modern notions.

I have been trying to use the book as a reference to look up pattern terms and techniques I cannot remember or am not familiar. About 50 percent of the time there is mention but the techniques are rarely covered in enough detail to be useful.

In summary, pretty pictures of vintage supplies and sewing but would not recommend to active sewers unless you haven't touched a needle and thread.
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