The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

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By (author) Lynda Maynard

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  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 254mm x 20mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Loveland, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1596682477
  • ISBN 13: 9781596682474
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 29,448

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Packed with professional techniques and tips, The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques takes the mystery out of the sewing and finishing techniques that many dressmakers assume are either extremely difficult or are only for professional fashion designers. Fashion designer and expert sewist Lynda Maynard tackles each professional technique with clear instructions in simple step-by-step stages. Once these skills are understood, sewists will embrace their dressmaking projects with more confidence and the ability to create chic, refined looks. The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques unlocks the door to stunning results with better shaping, simpler construction methods, and professional finishing touches. Lynda also explains several seemingly difficult "secrets," from making bindings and finishing for hems, armholes, and necklines to underpinnings and structuring techniques. Plus, she teaches how to master finishing touches from textured stitches to couching and applique. A complete guide to the fabrics suited to each technique and inspirational fashion photography are also included.

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Author information

Lynda Maynard has been designing and sewing clothes much of her life. She has a B.A. in textiles and clothing from San Jose State University and is an adjunct professor in the fashion design departments of two community colleges and a private design school in the San Francisco Bay area. She also has a private clientele challenging her to develop innovative techniques to create a superior product. She is known in the industry as a fit specialist and is the author of the audio book De-Mystifying Fit.

Customer reviews

By Wendy Anscombe 17 Nov 2011 5

After having borrowed this book from the library several times, I decided to buy my own copy.
It has photo step-by-step of many really useful techniques, including binding and finishes, design details that show, and concealed design details.
My favourite chapter though is 'designer underpinnings' which explains and shows with photos how using various fabrics as underlining and backings can enhance different fabrics to improve drape, structure or other desirable outcomes in your garment construction.
An excellent reference, with very clear explanations of how and why you might use different techniques. A great starter book for adding couture techniques to your sewing.

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"I strongly recommend this book for anyone trying to wrap their mind around fitting and sewing techniques. The couture techniques detailed in this book can easily be applied to many different style garments." - Debbie Colgrove, About.com Guide