- Product # 071390
- Type Paperback with DVD
- ISBN 978-1-60085-504-7
- Published Date 2013
- Dimensions 8 x 10
- Pages 128
- Photos 200
Learn the tailoring techniques and sewing secrets of such renowned designers as Chanel, Dior, and Balenciaga. Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques is a complete sewing workshop packaged in a DVD and book ensemble.
Get an insider's view of the couture industry. Author and fashion expert Claire B. Shaeffer shares garment tailoring techniques, construction methods, and even short cuts used in the finest European ateliers of Paris, Rome and London.
Lessons come alive in the 90-minute DVD. Shaeffer presents viewers with an in-depth tailoring workshop, demonstrating key techniques such as converting darts to ease, creating a patch pocket, interfacing a hem, stitching a fly zipper, and making a bound buttonhole.
The companion book reinforces the instruction with step-by-step images of each technique. Whether you're seeking advice on high-fashion sewing techniques or you want to take your skills to the next level, Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques fits like a finely tailored suit.
About the Author Claire B. Shaeffer is an internationally recognized expert in fashion design and construction techniques for haute couture. She is a designer for Vogue Patterns, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, and the author of numerous books. Shaeffer served as Couture Sewing: Technique Consultant for the Museum of the City of New Yorks online exhibit, Worth & Mainbocher. She lives in Palm Springs, California.
- Table of Contents
TAILORING TECHNIQUES FOR BUTTONHOLES
The Thread Buttonhole
The Bound Buttonhole
TAILORING TECHNIQUES FOR PATCH POCKETS
TAILORING TECHNIQUES FOR INTERFACED HEMS
The Interfaced Hem
TAILORING TECHNIQUES FOR DARTS AND SLEEVES
Converting Darts to Ease
The Classic Tailored Sleeve
TAILORING TECHNIQUES FOR TROUSERS
Fly Zipper Closure
Measuring for a Trouser Hem
CHARACTERISTICS OF COUTURE CONSTRUCTION
What Makes a Garment Couture?
Metric Equivalency Chart
About the Author
No matter what your sewing expertise, this book will expand your horizons. It is a practical guide to basic couture tailoring techniques as practiced in the ateliers of haute couture, and it will provide new ideas for applying skills you already have. I strongly believe that if you can sew, you can sew couture. Very few techniques are difficult, but they require time and patience.
The sewing techniques in these pages (and in the companion workshop on the DVD) focus on the craftsmanship of couture tailoring. They are presented just as they are performed by tailoring experts, without adaptations. I feel strongly that grasping the principles used in haute couture will help you better understand its craftsmanship, and, in turn, will help you solve sewing problems you encounter. While some techniques are less suitable for beginners, most will be of value to the average home sewer; they are easily duplicated and can be applied to many designs and fabrics.
The companion DVD offers an in-depth tailoring workshop. I’ve selected some techniques that you will use frequently as well as others that have special applications. You will find some—such as setting a fly zipper, measuring trousers for hemming, and converting darts to ease—to be remarkably easy, and only one—the thread buttonhole—will provide a challenge for you.
Both the book and the companion DVD workshop present intriguing garment details from my collection of couture designs and information on the construction methods used by such renowned designers as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and Yves Saint Laurent.
If you want your tailored garments to look professional, this is the book to have.
- Excellent sourse to master couture techniques Review by Beata - Red Point Tailor
For all who would like to explore and learn couture techniques - it is must.
The book focused on specific couture techniques which are used in making high quality garments. Detailed pictures and clrear instructions - easy to follow.
This is book Claire conveys her knowledge about the techniques she once learned to the next generations.
(Posted on 10/25/13)
- Content Review by Alison
Absolutely excellent - as is everything presented by Claire Shaeffer. Clear and detailed information.
(Posted on 6/3/13)
- Worth the price for the pants shortening tip alone! Review by Lynda
I love the book & I'm anxious to put some of the techniques into practice. I'd have given it a five but my bound buttonhole technique is better. When I have the time, I'll describe it in more detail for your readers. Lynda
(Posted on 4/8/13)
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