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Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear Paperback – May 1, 1997
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Though ostensibly a how-to manual on wedding gown construction, this magnificent book teaches all about advanced dressmaking skills, and its principles can be applied to creating many other types of haute-couture-style gowns. The very thorough text details all aspects of fabrics and construction: the unique characteristics of each type of fashion fabric, including extensive information on manipulating lace; preparing the muslin mockup (a necessary first step to ensure a perfect fit); adjusting the bodice, sleeves, and skirt and joining them all together; adding ornamentation; and handling bustles and trains. The final chapter presents all the specifics of making four gowns of different styles. The novice and even the advanced sewer will learn much here, and perhaps best of all, pattern-drafting experience is not required--the author works her transformations on purchased patterns. If you're ambitious enough to make your own wedding gown, this book is absolutely essential, but even if you're hiring someone else to custom-make your gown, you'll find this an invaluable guide. And anyone pursuing a dressmaking career should have this important reference work on the shelf. --Amy Handy
"A must for prospective brides..." -- Sewing with Butterick, Autumn 2002. "A must for prospective brides..." -- Vogue Patterns, October 2002.
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The only slightly negative thing I have to say is that her gowns are very out of date. But this book isn't about the gowns, it's about the techniques that have been used that will never go out of style.
This is one of the rare books that show you professionally-done garments and reveal all their making secrets. Even if you're an advanced sewer, I still think you'll find many good tips here. Maybe a pure beginner would not be able to appreciate the value of the information given.
Edit: To make it clear, this book is rather a collection of sewing tips that give your clothes a professional look than a step-by step sewing quide. If you already are a sewer and are longing to go pro and more into detail, this book is exactly what you need. It is supposed that you already know how to sew, draft and fit patterns and that you know how to put the garment together.
I had not previously sewn this kind of dress or worked with silk satin and Susan Khalje's instructions are clear, well written and easy to follow. My daughter ( and the dress) I thought looked beautiful.
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This book is great.
I wish I could have bought new book as someone put a lot of lines and made some notes...