- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press Inc; New edition edition (24 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600853358
- ISBN-13: 978-1600853357
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.5 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,32,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Couture Sewing Techniques Paperback – 24 May 2011
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Description for Couture Sewing Techniques
With clarity and a profound respect for technique and application, Claire Shaeffer brings one into an haute-couture atelier, where the realm of possibility has no boundaries. She imparts the secrets of hand-work that allow a garment to become weightless, a wisp of dimension for the wearer. She pays homage to the gods of the craft and bows to the church of haute couture. --Ralph Rucci, designer As every "Vogue Patterns "reader knows, Claire Shaeffer can unravel couture garment construction better than anyone, and her revised and updated version of "Couture Sewing Techniques" is the authoritative guide to haute couture techniques In it, Shaeffer demystifies designer garments and gives you the confidence to try the techniques and practiced in the ateliers of the haute couture. A must-have for all serious sewers. -Vogue Patterns
About the Author
Claire Shaeffer is an acclaimed couture designer and recognised expert in the history of fashion. She gives twice-yearly workshops to a select few and has published many books on the topic of couture techniques including the first edition of Couture Sewing Techniques 9781561584970, which has sold more than 80,000 copies.
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The layout is so much better! Text is set in different colors to differentiate the content, tips, pull-out boxes, blurbs. This dramatically improves the book navigation!
2. More Content:
over thirty more pages of content added as a result of the author's recent research.
3. More images:
Claire added more images to illustrate instructions, and they are invaluable!
4. Improved instructions:
Clearly marked step-by-step instructions for all processes of couture construction. If you own the previous edition, you know how the instructions were presented in run-on paragraphs making it difficult to use the book as a quick reference.
5. More how-to illustrations:
6. Claire's Hints:Excellent short tips, mostly absent in the previous edition.
7. contemporary couture techniques from the worksrooms of Ralph Rucci and James Galanos
8. techniques by Mainbocher and Charles Frederick Worth: Shaeffer says in her acknowledgements that she worked on a research project that focused on Mainbocher and Worth. She seems to have added some of the new techniques as a result of this research
9. New chapter "Designing with Fabric": Shaeffer introduced this chapter to demonstrate "a variety of design ideas and specific techniques to inspire you to use fabrics more creatively". A master of observation, Claire describes techniques used in haute couture garments by Antonio Canovas del Castilo, Hubert de Givenchy, Chanel, Worth, Hanae Mori, I. Magnin, Balenciaga, Victor Edelstein, These techniques are not necessarily obvious, but so easy to learn and to apply in your own garments. She focuses mostly on lace and stripes, but also covers other tricky fabrics which require special techniques to enable undisturbed design.
Seaming Lace to Lace: Lapped Seam, Buttressed Seam, Ribbon Seam
Seaming Lace to Fabric: Lace-on-fabrique Appliqué Seam, Applied Appliqué
Finishing Edges: Neckline Edges, Hems
Designing with Allover Lace Patterns:
Shrinking and Stretching
Pleats and Tucks
Cutting and Seaming
DESIGNING WITH OTHER FABRICS
Wrong Sides and Selvedges: for fabrics with attractive wrong side and selvedge
Designing with Prints and Patterns: Matching Fabric Patterns
Designing with Appliqué
10. Affordable price!
Amazon's $15 for this most unique resource is a steal! I got my copy yesterday!
It detracts from an otherwise good book. It doesn't do the format any credit either.
I've been reading the book in bits and pieces (I don't see this as a book that I'll just sit down and read cover to cover). It's interesting to read about the history of couture sewing. And I'm starting to pick up little hints here and there that I can apply to my own home sewing. Just as an example: even though I have a nice, new sewing machine and a serger, I often resort to hemming by hand because I just can't get the look I want by machine (I just assumed I didn't have the right skill level to make all the necessary adjustments to the machine settings). Well, after learning that the overwhelming majority of couture sewing is done by hand, I now feel completely confident continuing to do hems and other pieces by hand for better control and a smoother look. May not seem like a big deal, but to me it's just one less area to fret over when sewing and I can feel confident about my approach. I am now reading about various seam finishes - another area that will come in handy for the home sewer.
The book has great illustrations, and is printed on nice, heavy, glossy paper, which makes it a nice book for "show" as well. Looks impressive on the coffee table. : ) Yes, I know, a weird thing to mention in a book review, but there it is.