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Making Trousers for Men & Women: A Multimedia Sewing Workshop Paperback – August 1, 2009
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About the Author
David Page Coffin, a former editor at Threads magazine, is the author of Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing (Taunton Press, 1998). He has conducted sewing and tailoring workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. David has also been a frequent guest host on several online sewing forums and has hosted live chats on PatternReview.com. He has appeared on Sandra Betzina's HGTV sewing program, and his instructional videos have been broadcast on YouTube.com and have received great reviews on ThreadBanger.com, PatternReview.com, and other sewing sites. David hosts http://makingtrouserswithdpc.blogspot.com/ and http://myvirtualworkshop.blogspot.com. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Brookings, Oregon.
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David has also been a frequent guest host on several online sewing forums and has hosted live chats on PatternReview.com. He has appeared on Sandra Betzina's HGTV sewing program, and his instructional videos have been broadcast on YouTube.com and have received great reviews on ThreadBanger.com, PatternReview.com, and other sewing sites. David hosts http://makingtrouserswithdpc.blogspot.com/ and http://myvirtualworkshop.blogspot.com.
He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Brookings, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
Well, Coffin has done it again. Making Trousers is loaded with ideas for variations on pockets, better ways to make and reinforce waistbands, fly construction, fabric selection, working order... it's amazing.
What it's NOT, however, is a beginner's book. The book starts with an examination of several pairs of pants, from RTW jeans to couture women's trousers, and the language he uses to describe them assumes that you know your way around. For instance, the fly front: Coffin debates the merits of cut-on versus separate fly shields and extensions, discusses bulk reduction, and doesn't overlook the effect of straight-grain vs. bias.Read more ›
The links in this book is so awesome; I have already used several of them. I have been looking for some sewing resources to buy supplies at some great prices. Some of the links will help me save money which made the book pay for itself several times over. When times get so tight, it is nice to know you can get save some money and still get quality. I can go on and on, I know this is a MUST HAVE book and you will not be disappointed. I am so impressed with the videos, pictures and interactive pdf's. The book is loaded with ideas for various styles of pockets, pocket patterns and constructions, videos on how to sew pockets, interfacing, stitching tips, how to design and fly constructions, button holes, bands and band shaping, tabs, hook and eye tips, finishing, sewing buttons, and enter the hemostat (interesting quick video). There is a "Ready To Wear" and custom photo gallery showing designer's techniques. But wait there is more. The book also discusses tools and material, basic constructions methods he learned and uses, zippers, topstitching, binding, loops and more. David Coffin wrote "You'll learn what I choose to do when I make pants.Read more ›
It's true, Making Trousers is not for beginners and it doesn't cover fitting. (There are plenty of books that will teach you how to fit pants or the basics of sewing.) But every aspect of pants construction--every detail you could possibly imagine--is in here, explained in clear, concise language and lavishly illustrated. Anyone who is serious about pants design and construction will find this book useful.
The DVD-ROM works perfect on my MacBook. I was able to load the dvd contents to my ipad. I wasn't able to use the videos on my ipad that is probably my fault and I am working to clear space. I have the small ipad and way to many medical textbooks on it.
I digress.... The complete book on my ipad and the actual book and the all the videos viewable on my laptop! Wow! I feel like I should paypal DPC a couple hundreds bucks, about the cost of a class that is less informative at our local "Fashion College".
Patterns...ah yes there are pocket patterns. There are NO pants patterns here. So the reviewer dinging the rating based on their lack of knowing what they are buying is surely unfair. You can get a pants pattern for .99 cents that will show you how to sew seams and then shamefully attempt to show you the other details in a couple pictures.
This books is for the details. The very nice details. Zippers. BUTTON FLIES oh my! Waist bands. Flies with shields. Fancy perfect belt loops! Gorgeous lining techniques. Ironing techniques for better fit. Expanding waist pockets! Floating crotch shields! Piecing the fork (crotch curve) to save fabric. Staying the fork (reinforced front crotch curve). Buttonhole tabs for fly shields and an inseam buttonhole.
Oh my I better quit now and go sew instead of gush about this book/dvd/pdf extravaganza. ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't realize that I had forgotten so much , since I have not sewn for a while. I created a sewing library and discovered that I needed to review some construction techniques. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary k.
I'm excited to have another book by David Coffin. His books are well written and illustrated. I look forward to using this book as a reference guide when sewing slacks.Published 6 months ago by Marla
This book is excellent. It have excellent step by step pictures the only thing my DVDs didn't work
But the book is good
I'm truly a beginner sewist, but I've read and re-read this book, cover to cover, at least 5x. He's truly an inspiration; this book will give you the know-how and the know-why. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike