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The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results Hardcover-spiral – December 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596682477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682474
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I strongly recommend this book for anyone trying to wrap their mind around fitting and sewing techniques. The couture techniques detailed in this book can easily be applied to many different style garments." - Debbie Colgrove, About.com Guide

About the Author

Lynda Maynard has been designing and sewing clothes much of her life. She 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 also has a private clientele challenging her to develop innovative techniques to create a superior product. She is known in the industry as a fit specialist and is the author of the audio book De-Mystifying Fit.


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I definitely recommend it for intermediate to advanced seamstresses.
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The techniques demonstrated are well illustrated with easy to follow instructions.
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Wonderful suggestions for sewing using different types of fabrics and seams.
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297 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Marina Von Koenig on December 7, 2010
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I bought this book three month before its release without knowing who the author was or what the contents were. I am an Haute Couture aficionado and when I saw the magic word 'Couture' I immediately added it to my shopping cart.

The author, Lynda Maynard, has a BA 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. Apparently she is also an author of the CD-book De-Mystifying Fit. Nevertheless, my experience with instruction books like this is that it's not about all the titles and affiliations with prestigious organizations but about the commitment of the author to her subject.

So, here you have a very well illustrated and designed handbook for ESSENTIAL couture techniques, not more not less.

It starts with a Couture Technique Selector, which is a thumb preview of exactly thirty-nine couture techniques. These are divided into Binding and Finishes, Design Details: On Show, and Design Details: Concealed.

Each technique is accompanied by a number of illustrations and steps. The author also includes so-called Couture Secrets and tips on materials, pressing, construction and style. With my rather patchy knowledge of couture techniques I do see that a lot of information that I have seen scattered across different books dedicated to Couture has been very nicely compiled and presented under individual techniques.

For example, in a section on Banding V-Neck on Woven Fabric, Ms Maynard says: "Silk organza is an indispensable item in the couturier's supply arsenal.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By engk916 VINE VOICE on December 20, 2010
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like another reviewer mentioned, this book is a nice supplement to the claire schaeffer books, not a replacement. there are a few new techniques i did not know about, like adding a hem 'bubble' (folded - not stitched - piece of silk organza) to add subtle body to a sheer hem. piping, cording and bias-bound edges are other techniques i've seen elsewhere. however, one really nice feature of this book are the many photos of fairly current couture garments using the techniques described, which i've rarely seen in any sewing book. this book also shows pictures of garments that have and do not have structural reinforcement like interlining so the reader can see how these subtle couture techniques really do add that subtle boost that are the hallmarks of quality workmanship. there are also examples of beautifully executed slant welt pockets by calvin klein, and gorgeous floating chiffon hems (subtly structured with silk organza).
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By frumwannabe on January 11, 2011
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I learned some new techniques. However I found this to be more of a high-end ready-to-wear sewing book than one of the methods used in a couture salon.

There is a lot of sewing machine construction used in the book. Couture clothing is, or used to be, sewn mostly by hand.

Claire B. Shaeffer's "Couture Sewing Techniques" is by far the superior book. It has more information in it. More importantly, there are photos of the inside construction of some garments. That's what we need to see in order to apply these ideas to garments of our own. Claire Shaeffer owns a collection of vintage Chanel couture (a view and description of the lining in a suit is shown in "Couture Sewing Techniques"). I hope she is going to share photographs of these pieces with her readers along with glimpses of the inner construction.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Woman of 1,000 Hobbies on February 26, 2011
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This book does not demonstrate couture sewing techniques. They're more a combination of solid home-sewing and ready-to-wear sewing techniques. I found the constant claim of couture mixed with clearly home-sewing techniques to be irritating. However, the book is well-illustrated, the techniques are perfect acceptable for what they really are. They're just not couture.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By nsewus on November 25, 2011
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While I do agree that those looking for more hand sewing couture techniques might be disappointed, if you are someone like me (an intermediate sewer looking to elevate your finished pieces)this is a wonderful and valuable add to your sewing library. The photographs and text make the techniques crystal clear. Lynda really tackles the details that make the difference between "oh wow you made that!?" and as Michael Kors is fond of saying on Project Runway "Becky Homecky". I loved the practicality of the techniques too. I have the Claire S. book and while it is a beautiful and interesting read, I would save most of those techniques for really special garments like tailored jackets and evening gowns, not a simple skirt I want to wear to work. However, that doesn't mean I want my simple skirts to look like they came from any of the nameless chain stores that sell poorly constructed garments either. Lynda's book really fills that void between books clearly aimed at beginners and those looking to do almost everything couture. Intermediate home sewers looking to produce quality garments with a little extra time, care, and a few strips of silk organza this book is for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By aussi_chick on August 28, 2011
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When I first got this in the mail, I had prepared myself for it to not live up to the reviews, I thought that it would probably end up being another dust collecting book on the shelf of my sewing room. Then I opened it, and couldn't put it down! The instructions are so clear and the tips are fantatstic. I am slowly going through trying every technique, with amazing results. My friends are all trying to figure out my new secret to the great finishes on my projects. The clear pictures make it so any one can do it! If only all sewing books could be like this! LOVE IT!
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