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The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2015
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.96 pounds
- Hardcover : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1617690880
- ISBN-13 : 978-1617690884
- Dimensions : 8.05 x 1 x 9.55 inches
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fabric of our lives history of mood:
Social fabric-textiles yesterday,today and tomorrow:I did like the information given on sustainable fabrics.I also appreciated the map of fabric-producing countries and what fabrics they are known for.The fabric timeline given was just okay.
Fabric 101: This section goes over topics I think are discussed in most sewing books. Fiber,yarn,woven fabric, knit fabric,blends,grainlines,stretch fabrics,yardage requirements,shrinkage and care,one way fabrics interfacings, interlining,underlinings etc, trims,weights of fabrics, how to check for quality fabric. There was not much new in this section that I have not encountered in several sewing books as stated above.
Fabric and Design: Function and fabric-choosing the right material for your pattern. (weight,drape,body,budget,skill level,color,combining textiles-Each section is about 2 paragraphs long.I did enjoy the shopping checklist :)
Cotton, linen and Hemp: Wools: Knits,Silks and Other Fabrics:: I felt like these section were okay but something was missing-for instance in fabric savvy needle sizes were given for every fabric listed,which I though would also be done in this book as well. The book gives you the details of the fabric but I don't think you would come away any wiser with how to utilize the fabric from this book.I liked the section on denim in the book and wish more of the fabrics had been presented in a likewise manner.
Granted the book is authored by the store Mood, I still did not think so much information about the store would have been dispersed throughout.I think for this book which purpose was for a reference book, the mood information could have been given in one complete chapter leaving the rest for pertinent information.I can say the book is decent but I have ran across the majority of information on my own.The book is also not nearly a complete resource and I was rather disappointed as a whole in the book and feel the layout could use some tweaking as well.
I like quotes from fashion designers just as much as any other person interested in fashion, but I felt the majority could have been left out.Unless it directly correlated with a fabrics characteristics or how to utilize it-In which most quotes didn't, to me they seemed to be more filler.
I believe the book all in all was decent, If I had pre-read it at the library as I try to before purchasing books, I would not have bought it. To me it's a book that will get a couple of times of read but nothing that you will continually go back to hence the 3 stars.As stated before beginners and those who have not worked with different fabrics will get a better use from this book all others please rent from library before purchasing.