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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.

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  • 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: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Where do I begin? Just order the book! I've read/perused at least a hundred sewing books. Very few if any have much about pants except the very basics like the order to stitch seams or a few photos and diagrams about zip and waistband. Even well reviewed ones like the singer complete photo guide has little if any help. The top 2 couture books, while excellent references and well worth the price cannot compare with David Page Coffin's masterpiece. Vogue sewing and the Fabric sewing guide also while excellent books to own can not substitute for this under priced gem.

The DVD-ROM works perfect on my MacBook. I was able to load the dvd contents to my ipad. I wasn't able to use the videos on my ipad that is probably my fault and I am working to clear space. I have the small ipad and way to many medical textbooks on it.

I digress.... The complete book on my ipad and the actual book and the all the videos viewable on my laptop! Wow! I feel like I should paypal DPC a couple hundreds bucks, about the cost of a class that is less informative at our local "Fashion College".

Patterns...ah yes there are pocket patterns. There are NO pants patterns here. So the reviewer dinging the rating based on their lack of knowing what they are buying is surely unfair. You can get a pants pattern for .99 cents that will show you how to sew seams and then shamefully attempt to show you the other details in a couple pictures.

This books is for the details. The very nice details. Zippers. BUTTON FLIES oh my! Waist bands. Flies with shields. Fancy perfect belt loops! Gorgeous lining techniques. Ironing techniques for better fit. Expanding waist pockets! Floating crotch shields! Piecing the fork (crotch curve) to save fabric. Staying the fork (reinforced front crotch curve). Buttonhole tabs for fly shields and an inseam buttonhole.

Oh my I better quit now and go sew instead of gush about this book/dvd/pdf extravaganza. ;-)
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