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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 03 February 2014
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210245
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 195x228 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: £14.99
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Complete Dressmaking Skills


Step-by-step guides to a wide range of techniques and stitches by Lorna Knight

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Book Description

This comprehensive guide to dressmaking combines clear step-by-step photography with accompanying online video tutorials to teach you everything you need to know about dressmaking. Read up on the essential techniques in the book, then enhance your understanding by viewing the online movies, simply scanning the QR codes with your smartphone or tablet, or using your browser on your laptop or PC.
Learn a wide range of dressmaking techniques, from how to use and adapt patterns, to sewing hems, zippers, and adding embellishments. Packed with practical advice on tools and equipment, fabrics and notions, and construction techniques, you’ll be able to confidently create clothes with the perfect fit.
With separate sections on couture sewing techniques and troubleshooting tips, this book is a comprehensive guide whether you already make your own clothes or are just starting out.

Clear step-by-step guides with accompanying photography
Includes QR codes and links for online video tutorials
Additional sections on couture sewing techniques and troubleshooting tips

Table of Contents

Prelims (5 pp)
Introduction (4 pp)
In this easy-to-access manual you will find advice and instructions on a full range of topics and techniques necessary for constructing clothing and accessories.
With information about fabrics, notions, equipment, and commercial patterns, readers will feel confident to tackle more complex projects and know they will be able to achieve a professional finish every time. With the help of the troubleshooting chapter, any sewing problems can be easily prevented or solved.
Inspiration and ideas for embellishing fabrics and garments are also included to allow unique designs to be created.
Chapter One/ Equipment (16 pp)
With numerous gadgets available to aid sewing techniques, it's helpful to know which of these are essential when you are new to sewingthis section walks you through all you need to know. Additional pieces of equipment can be added to your tool box as and when you need them.
Choosing the essential kit
More about equipmentfor marking fabric, pinning, sewing, cutting, and measuring
Machines and accessoriessewing machines, sergers, blind hemmers, irons, and specialist presser feet/attachments
Chapter Two/ Fabrics and notions (16 pp)
With beautiful fabrics and haberdashery just waiting to be purchased, an understanding and knowledge of their construction and handling helps to bring about wise choices. This chapter gives the information required to select the most appropriate materials and notions for all types of sewing project, arranged in an easy to find manner.
Notionszippers, buttons, fasteners, poppers, toggles, tapes, ribbons, braids, cords, lace edging, threads, interfacings, and stabilizers
Fabricsexamples with photographs of swatches, as well as how to choose, use, handle, and sew them
How to measure
Preparation of fabric before sewing including finding direction of nap, right/wrong side, and care and laundering
Using vintage fabrics and laces
Chapter Three/ Basic Sewing (22 pp)
In this section we cover the essential information for even the most novice of sewers, taking nothing for granted,
and providing a perfect sewing foundation. Cutting, joining, and finishing fabrics and choosing the most appropriate techniques set out in a progressive order.
Terminologythe language of sewing
Hand stitchingrunning, back, blanket, buttonhole
Threading and handling a sewing machine
Beginners basicsplain seam, simple hem, and easy edge neatening for bags and easily made garments
More seamsflat fell and mock jeans*, French, and hairline*
More hemshand and machine alternatives, double folded, single folded, machine blind hem*, narrow rolled (by hand), narrow rolled (serger), narrow rolled (sewing machine), faced, lace edged*
Dartssingle and double ended
Edgesstraight stitched, zigzag, overcast, serged, bound
Chapter Four/ Techniques (76 pp)
Whether you need to learn how to carry out a specific task or just need a reminder, here we provide comprehensive step-by-step instructions for a whole range of techniques.
Zipperscentred, lapped, invisible*, hand sewn, on show, pants**
Fasteningspoppers (covered, sewn, clamped), buttons (covered, two/four hole, shank, toggles), buttonholes
(automatic, manual, bound, on sheer fabric, using gimp), belt buckles, hooks and eyes/bars, eyelets
Collarsshirt*, jacket (quick tailored revers), neck band*, Peter pan style, faced neckline
Cuffsshirt placket*, shirt cuff*, jacket, flounce
Pocketspatch, welt*, trouser side**, flaps, breast pocket
Waistseasy waistband, firm waist**, elastic casing, attached elastic*, faced waist, bound waist, belt loops
Liningsskirt, jacket, dress, bag*
Setting in sleeves (gathered and eased**)
Rouleau/shoe string straps
Chapter Five/ Patterns buying and making (32 pp )
Here we include all you need to know about buying, using, and adapting commercial paper patterns and what to consider when making your own.
Using commercial patternssymbols, using size charts, laying out fabric, transferring pattern markings, following instructions
Measuring the figure for an accurate fit and using standard measurement charts
Adapting patterns to fit** (adjusting length, taking in, letting out)
Adding your own "je ne sais quoi!"making skirts longer, changing sleeve styles, creating panels, adding pleats or tucks, mixing fabric textures
Making a toile to aid fitting and test out style variations
Making your own simple patterns, for example; a babies bib, shopping bag, make-up bag, basic skirt, child’s pinafore
Chapter Six/ The Sewing Community (6 pp)
Make new friends, and perhaps money, from sewing through the network of opportunities available.
Workshops, online videos, blogs, sewing cafés, qualifications
Selling your workcraft fairs, online, party plan
Costingmaterials, time, hidden expenses, and profit
Chapter Seven/ Customising Clothes (32 pp)
This chapter provides a reference for ideas and inspiration for embellishing and decorating fabrics, clothes and accessories.
Decorative stitching and creating surface texturestop stitching, couching*, machine smocking, drawn threads, beads and sequins, ribbons, and braids
Using gadgetsspecialist feet and attachments or needles (wing needle hem*)
Patchwork and quilting
Free-motion sewing and embroidery
Using a serger to produce decorative techniques
Chapter Eight/ Couture techniques (20 pp)
Discover traditional finishing methods from the couture houses with these little-known techniques.
Hong Kong finish*
Balanced darts
Traditional pad stitching
Couture hem
Horsehair braid hem
Interlining (what to use and how to apply it)
Lining and binding a skirt in one*
Lining a waistband
Boning seams for bodices and corsets
Chapter Nine/ Troubleshooting (16 pp)
When a finish looks less than professional, use this section to establish what is wrong and find out how to put it right.
Seamsshifting, crinkled or stretched seams and how to stabilise them
Hemsrippled hems on stretchy fabric (perfect T-shirt hem*), easing out tucks for a smooth finish
Facingshow to prevent flip out armhole facings
Necklinesachieving symmetry, stabilizing stretched or out of shape necklines
Jacket edgesstabilizing with tapes
Pocketsovercoming problems
Collarscreating symmetrical collars with suitable support
Fraying edgessuitable solutions
Cutting outcutting fabrics with attitude!
Glossary, Abbreviations, and Useful Charts (6 pp)
Index and Credits (5 pp)


Sewing Directory, The

May 2015

This book is a step by step technique guide covering not only all the basic sewing techniques but also some couture techniques too. Its easy to follow and has lots of useful information for beginners and intermediate stitchers alike. It's one to keep next to your machine to regularly refer to. - See more at:


July 2014

This concise guide covers an incredible range of techniques from very basic hems and how to use your sewing machine, all the way through to sophisticated couture techniques and would be a valuable resource for sewers of all abilities. As well as clear photographs and diagrams for each step there are also accompanying online film tutorials for 15 of the techniques with expert commentary so that you can really see exactly how the results are achieved - like having your own personal dressmaking tutor! Decorative techniques are also included in addition on working with patterns plus extremely useful advice for selecting, adapting and making patterns to create your own clothing with the perfect fit!

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