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Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers 1 Spi Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1563675164
ISBN-10: 1563675161
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About the Author

Julie Christine Cole is an instructor at Harper College of Design and the International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago.
Sharon Czachor is an adjunct faculty instructor at Harper College of Design.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 1 Spi edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563675161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563675164
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Linger on February 21, 2010
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I received the book 2 days ago and have already put it to use! I love it.

Already I have found it useful in reminding me not to cut those corners we all tend to cut when we get overly confident or lazy. I found it very refreshing to see the text give examples of "DO this, DON'T do this", as well as the reasons behind it. Often times it's hard to understand when to use techniques on your own unless you know the purpose behind them.
The illustrations are great and even give a little bit of fashion inspiration. HOWEVER, they are not step by step illustrations like you may find in a flat pattern book or sewing instructions included with commercial sewing patterns. It's very important that you read the text and refer to the images as if it really were a school text book, and visualize the process for yourself.

My biggest complaints are these. The techniques really aren't "industry sewing" time saving techniques like what may be used in factory sewing. I was hoping I'd get a taste of that in this book. The techniques are the way good quality clothing should be made, which I will say is much better than most of the books available. Also oftentimes the text and the image it is referring to are on separate pages, so there are times you have to read, flip, flip read, flip.
Lastly the book really isn't like a "bible" or "encyclopedia" of sewing techniques. The chapters are set up in a way as though it's more a textbook meant to be read and worked through systematically. Which really makes sense as there is a workbook companion to go with it. I already find it a little complicated finding the appropriate technique for the garment I'm working on using the index. For example what I'd call a "bustier" or "corset" is in this book considered a "strapless bodice".

In the end, the only reason it's not a 5 star book is that it's not really industry sewing techniques, and not set up as a bible/encyclopedia reference book.
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135 of 147 people found the following review helpful By M. Lewis on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I will tell u - I was very skeptical about purchasing this book. The reason? Some months aback, I had bought a book which stated that it was about sewing techniques. What a dreadful mistake - the illustrations were wack and unprofessional, I could hardly follow what the author was trying to bring across. But this book, oh my gosh!!! The illustrations are in great detail... the explanations and procedures are clear and precise! A couple of reviews of this book i noticed are from students, but if you are a home seamstress/sewist like myself, u really need this book. It covers every single thing u need to know about putting a garment together. I kid u not! If you are deterred about the price, and I know in some aspect that u are, it is definitely worth it!!! Don't waste your time and money buying any other sewing technique books, this one has every thing in it. Don't find yourself buying a whole bunch different books that concentrates on only one aspect of sewing/designing. Get this book, trust me, u will not be disappointed. I love it, love it, love it!!! At last, a book that covers all sewing techniques and problems u may encounter and how to solve them. For those who bought PATTERNMAKING FOR FASHION DESIGN by Helen Joseph Armstrong, this book I think is the 2nd step. It shows you how to put your patterns together. Just buy the thing!!! It's great!!!
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Kathrein on December 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I graduated from the Art Institure of Chicago in Fashion Design. Many years later I took additional pattern making classes at Harper College and Julie Cole was my teacher. I learned more in her 6-month course than I did in four years of Art Institure. She is not only a great technician, but also an inspiring and selfless teacher. Before becoming a teacher in the U.S. she worked in the industry and understands how creative design must be translated for production. I highly recommend her book.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. Boivin on April 19, 2009
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It gives better instruction on stitching order than a lot of the patterns---and then some!! Whether you are an aspiring professional or just someone who really enjoys sewing this book has it all. This and the Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing are absolute MUST HAVES!!!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By scrubble4 on December 21, 2011
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This is an amazing book. It is very, very detailed and not only gives you the individual pieces of information, it also gives you the order of construction. I have the Threads Archive '85-'11, all of Kenneth King's, Claire Shaeffer's and Sandra Betzina's books. Yet PSTfD is the one I always find what I need in terms of pre-design thinking and then every step through to the wearing the garment. Quite a feat.

I am someone who likes my clothes to look good, fit and construction wise. That is pretty much why I sew. This PSTfD book along with Donald H. McCunn's How to Make Sewing Patterns which really helps in figuring out fit are my two most used sewing books. I do enjoy leafing through Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques and Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit. Both give me lots of inspiration and tips. Also Claire Shaeffer's Fabric book is priceless in knowing how to deal with different types of fabric. But the two that have almost everything you need for fit and construction are Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers and How to Make Sewing Patterns.

Both books have lots and lots and lots of line drawings. I prefer them to photos as I am often not sure exactly what I am looking at in a photo. A line drawing de-clutters the context for me and allows me to focus on the particulars under consideration. Also both books have fabulous indexes so I can easily find what I need at the moment. They are both systematically organized, not jumping from one thing to the next, but staying the course, with detail, on whatever is being explained.

I live in a motorhome for the winter months so every book I take has to be worth its weight in gold to me to warrant the space. These two books qualify in spades.
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