Fine Embellishment Techniques will teach you classic techniques for beautifully embellished garments. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced sewer, this book is designed to provide you with a wealth of embellishment inspirations as well as step-by-step instructions so you can achieve outstanding results on projects large and small.
My main inspiration for the techniques featured in this book is the tradition of embellishment used to adorn clothing from the '20s, '30s and '40s. Worked in high-quality, natural fiber fabrics, with consummate attention to craftsmanship and detail, garments of this vintage feature rich embellishments that enhance both the garment and its wearer. Many of the techniques favored in this bygone era are delightfully easy to master. What's more, up-to-date interpretations translate well to today's fashions and can be used to introduce signature elements into everyday wear or worked for dramatic effect on garments for special occasions. Using the embellishment techniques to best advantage, however, demands fine-tuning your sewing skills, utilizing the best products and notions available, exploiting the full capacity of your sewing machine, and settling for nothing less than quality as the foundation for superior workmanship.
If this sounds intimidating, cast your doubts aside. This book will help you master the techniques of embellishment with predictable, professional results. It will also encourage the artful use of these techniques and promote a better understanding of how to select and effectively use the tools and materials worthy of your best endeavors. Included, of course, are source information and a list of suppliers to indicate where you can find unique notions and tools.
The book is organized by topic in a manner designed to be as instructive, inspirational and user-friendly as possible. You'll find step-by-step instructions for individual techniques. Along with specific references to tools and materials that will make the most of your sewing time and produce the best results possible. Ideas for ways to use the techniques presented in this book are plentiful, featuring numerous sample garments, close-up photographs of embellishment details, and text and illustrations designed to inspire a wealth of ideas for simple to elaborate applications.
As you explore the methods and ideas presented in Fine Embellishment Techniques, I hope you will discover ways to make your sewing more creative, fun and, ultimately, more rewarding. Over the years I have pursued and perfected numerous ways to embellish garments that meet my creative expectations and suit my personal style. Perhaps you will find, as I have, that embellishments are not only the key to creating exquisite garments but also to developing a style uniquely your own.