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Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets: Sewing Companion Library Paperback – August 15, 1995

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Debut titles in Taunton Press's new sewing series, these guides take both new and experienced sewers completely through the construction process of a particular garment. Podolak, contributing writer to Threads Magazine, is quite expert in breaking down the construction of the jacket. Organization of chapters is very logical, starting with selection of style, fabric, and customizing fit. There is an outstanding section on pressing and shaping fabric. The presentation throughout is crisp, and photos and diagrams are frequent and well placed. Likewise a contributor to Threads Magazine, Tilton follows the exact same format, with special sections and help tips unique to the garment. Both texts are polished, professional, and wonderfully written. This series compares favorably with "Singer Sewing Reference Library" series, which focuses on fabrics, fit, children's wear, etc. Taunton's new series is all garment-specific, and though the format is redundant, it works well. Highly recommended for public libraries.?Karen Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, Tex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Cecelia Podolak, whose specialties include jackets and pressing, has been an inspiration to others at seminars and workshops both in Canada and the United States. She has been a contributor to Threads magazine and is the author of Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets published in the fall of 1995. Cecelia has a Master's Degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising, and lectures part-time at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, on Comparative Clothing Construction and Apparel Design.

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Product Details

  • Series: Easy Guide
  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (August 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561580872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561580873
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Bischoff on July 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book covers everything you need to know to make a very basic, collarless jacket. Topics discussed include silhouettes, accurate measuring, fabric and interfacing choices, fitting, seam finishes, and step-by-step instuctions on assembling the jacket. However, the book does not cover welt and bound pockets (only patch pockets are included), bound buttonholes, collars and lapels- especially the notched collar. Tailoring and shaping are also excluded. (For a good overview of all of these techniques and some other goodies, check out Claire Shaeffer's "Couture Sewing Techniques; Taunton Press, 1993) The book is perfectly suited for those who may be wary of undertaking a jacket. The instructions are clear and there are many photographs. There is even a section that breaks down the sewing steps for a weekend jacket project, which is encouraging.
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Like the other reviewers, I borrowed this book from the library, and it was so helpful, I decided I had to buy it.

I'm an advanced beginner sewing my first tailored jacket. I followed the instructions for sewing set in sleeves (hair canvas bias strips, sleeve headers, shoulder pads), and the sleeves and shoulders turned out looking almost as good as the ones on a $500 jacket. It was my first attempt, and I was amazed.

I've seen other books on tailoring, and this one is superior in every way. True, the book doesn't cover collars, lapels or welt pockets, but what is covered is done thoroughly and professionally. And as the author points out it's best not to attempt too many difficult procedures on your first jacket.

In short, if you're eager to make a simple but professionally tailored jacket, Cecila Podolak's book is absolutely must reading.
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I checked this book out of my library three times and finally bought it to have on hand at all times. Very knowledgable lady with excellent credentials. Easy to understand and follow.
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While the information that is covered in the book is handled well, thoroughly, and in great detail, I was highly disappointed to realize that this book covers only COLLARLESS jackets. This information did not appear in the product description anywhere before I purchased the book, though I (now) see that some other reviewers did mention this. I wish the product information had been more complete; I might have made a different purchase.

Still, a useful reference for the beginning sewer attempting a first jacket project. Although the photos and styles of the jackets (collarless, all - did I mention that?) are outdated, as a reference, the information is timeless. Lots of helpful pictures throughout as well.
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The Sewing Companion Library should be in everyones shelves. This set of how to books are invaluable and the EASY GUIDE TO SEWING LININGS is running at $100!!! Which is just stupid. I bought it as a download for $11, just keep looking on line.

But, with that said, I think I bought 9 out of the 10 books available and if you get them used you can get tham all for about $100 at most, which is well worth the money.

These books are great for the beginner to internediate sewer with lost of helpful information. I got back into sewing after decades of being away from a sewing machine and find myself using these all the time.
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By A Customer on September 5, 2001
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I have found in my experiences with sewing it is essential to have a profoundly helpful guide nearby. This book is the one I have come to trust and live by. A definite must buy.
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