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Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated Hardcover – December 27, 1993
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From the workrooms of world fashion, including Dior, Chanel, and Givenchy, the secrets of couture craft are detailed, enabling home sewers to refine their skills. Shaeffer, author of many sewing titles, focuses on the fine construction techniques of haute couture and reviews hand stitching, making pleats or finished pockets, shaping a perfect fit, producing flawless finishing, and creating beautiful embellishments and closures. Special attention is given to creating couture jackets, coats, and evening wear. Photographs of fashions and drawings of techniques accompany the text. Not for beginning sewers, this title is for libraries serving those interested in studying and re-creating the art and science of haute couture. (Glossary, bibliography, sources of supply, index, and metric conversion chart not seen.)-Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Claire Shaeffer is an internationally respected author, lecturer, college instructor and columnist. Her innovative sewing techniques and easy-to-read instructions have guided readers and students through many sewing facets of the garment industry. She wrote the celebrated Couture Sewing Techniques for Taunton Press and has authored and starred in a multitude of successful videos on couture sewing.
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As to the "outdated" comment, a lot of the garments shown are by the designers when they were alive. So you'll see a Dior or Chanel garment designed by THE Dior and Chanel, not the later designers working for their respective houses. Granted the designs might be considered 'dated' to some, but art doesn't go out of style; and the techniques used in the garment assembly can easily be applied to the latest runway fashions seen today. All you need is a little imagination.
Most people don't have the time to sew every stitch on the garment by hand. Note, though, that this is a book on haute couture technique where handsewing comprises 95% of the work done in couture houses. There IS something to be said for the control provided by handsewing. Most of the mistakes I've done on garments may not have taken place had I sewn by hand because of fabric unintentionally caught up in seams, etc. Also some fabrics are very unforgiving, and cannot withstand repeated machine-sewing/ seam ripping. A little time spent on planning from muslin to garment goes a long way. I find this book user- friendly; easy to read and refer to while working (though it would have been nice if it were spiral-bound). There is an adequate index/glossary in the back and the few unknown terms can be Googled for clarity.
Lastly, I feel that this book is for people who feel that if they're spending time on stitching a classy garment (i.e. wool/linen suit, wedding gown, vintage restoration, historical re-enactment) they might as well spend time on the detail.
I am very glad that I purchased this book, and I believe that I will be able to learn and advance a lot, from it. I may write again, in the future, after I have used it to complete a sewing/tailoring project, as we all know....Claire Schaeffer authors some of the best sewing books out there!
Even if you aren't going to go through all the hand work required for couture sewing, you can always improve the fit with application of the construction details found in this volume. The fashion fabric is only the beginning, and most patterns provide minimal instructions that are only suited to the fabric the pattern envelope features in the photo on the front. And, even then, those instructions are woefully lacking if you want to make a perfect fit from what you are sewing. The pattern companies are catering to the average sewer, when so many of us want to make something that is absolutely a WOW when worn
I've found that applying some of the construction hints, especially for interfacings and reinforcements on those summer frocks that are sleeveless or that have thin shoulder straps holding the dress up, can make all the difference. If you interface, apply backing and other construction "helpers", a $5 remnant can become a dress you'd have to pay hundreds for in any decent store or boutique. The book also shows how to embellish construction details so as to eliminate ridges, bumps and other irritations when putting something together.
Best advice is to make sure your dress form is properly fitted to you, and then use the dress form to fit, fit and more fit for a perfect fit in the end. Ms. Shaeffer has encouraged me to go ahead and make a suit or dress out of expensive material without fear of wasting my money.
She also provides several approaches to every construction detail. Making garments is construction, and very much application of engineering to achieve perfect drape, flow and fit. Couture is in the details, and the details make all the difference. The book doesn't intimidate either, nor does it make you think beautiful garments are out of reach for average sewers. You can still do shortcuts, but when you understand the reasons behind a pattern's construction helps to clarify even the worst drafted instruction sheet.
Many of the tips and tricks of the atelier are geared to sewing and tailoring tools such as interfacings that aren't the press-in variety. But, if you know how a press on interfacing works with a given fabric, you can still achieve many of the great results without investment of huge amounts of time for hand sewing. Finishing techniques also recognize that shortcuts are inevitable for tailors and home sewers alike. Details for seam finishing cover all the best techniques, and give the results each will achieve. They are also well described with excellent illustrations and easy to follow instructions. I keep this book near the machine for constant reference.
When you are debating whether or not you should pay some of today's prices for fabric and patterns, this book will help you look like you are wearing a $50,000 dress, put together using $50 in fabric. Or even a tenth of that. I sew to make things that fit better than anything off the rack could ever fit, and I am very pleased with this reference book. If you want your sewing to fit perfectly, get this book, a good iron, and a dress form. The rest will be a piece of cake.
Or French pastry, so long as it doesn't make those hips enlarge. yt
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