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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; pb w/dvd edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Trousers will fit and drape perfectly for my body.
s. j. winsor
As much as I admire DPC's handiwork, his writing style is quite hard to follow due to lack of structure.
M. Grubert
I think that this book will definitely help someone who is just getting started in making pants.
Sergio M. Arroyo

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150 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Grace on August 6, 2009
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David Page Coffin's book on Shirtmaking changed my whole game when it came to sewing men's shirts. Before it, I was a paint-by-numbers shirtmaker--blindly following pattern directions, dissatisfied with the results but not knowing how to improve them. After finding Shirtmaking, I realized that the pattern instructions were in fact not the best... for instance, I still don't know why continuous lap sleeve plackets are so popular in commercial patterns--I think they're difficult to do well, and look like crap when done less-than-well. Coffin's extremely clear instructions gave me the confidence to make my own changes to printed patterns, and better sleeve plackets were just the beginning. I also improved my collar skills, changed a stand collar to a band, tried (and successfully pulled off!) a hidden button front placket, and finally mastered flat-felled seams (now my very favorite seam finish).

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.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ms Sparks on August 29, 2009
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I will definite be using this book over and over again. I like it so very much; it is like having 2 books in 1. The DVD contains so much valuable information, I felt like I stole the book. I am a visual person and this book is a treasure piece. I love the sewing tips and techniques. I like the details shown on making trousers and the inside look at other designer's techniques. This is what I have always wanted!!!! The book encourages me to increase my pattern-making design skills for pants and sewing techniques. This is my third book from David Coffin and though I like how his books are laid out, this is my favorite. I am so glad I ordered it.

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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Grubert on November 2, 2010
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As much as I admire DPC's handiwork, his writing style is quite hard to follow due to lack of structure. While the shirtmaking book also had occasional rambling paragraphs, the "Making Trousers" book is far worse. There are lots of helpful recommendations in here, but you basically have to read the entire book and make notes for later reference. Simply looking up say "zipper insertion" or "waistband" in the index will only lead you to some of the relevant passages as there are many more sprinkled throughout the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ceidhle on February 2, 2010
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When I heard that David Coffin had written a book on trouser making I ordered it at once. His book on shirt-making has been like a bible for me and I anticipated good things from his new book. I have not been disappointed. This book is filled with suggestions for construction techniques and ideas for details such as pocket, waistband, fly fronts etc. I have already tried out his techniques for welt pockets and fly fronts and have been happy with the results. His step-by-step construction process is so logical and easy to follow you can just throw out the instructions that come with commercial patterns. I was a little disappointed that there were no tips on fitting but he states that fitting was not his intention in writing this book. He recommends having a individually drafted pattern to work with. I highly recommend this volume to the home or professional sewer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CLF on January 6, 2010
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The cover is unassuming but Making Trousers is amazing on the inside--full of gorgeous photos and clear illustrations. I don't own this book (yet) but got to spend some serious time with it in person.

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.
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