A practical illustrated guide to techniques, tools and troubleshooting from a couture dressmaker.
This book is a beautifully presented and comprehensive resource for dressmakers new to the craft and for those who want to take their skills further. It features scores of step-by-step sequences showing every kind of technique, from using and adapting paper patterns, to couture-inspired seaming techniques that will take garment-making skills to a new level.
Some notable and practical features of the book are:
The contents cover the full breadth of dressmaking. The following are just a few of them.
Other valuable topics covered are the anatomy of a stitch, correcting thread tension, fixing stitches, working 4-thread jersey, what selvedge is and how grain lines work, how to measure yourself (and why), how to alter a pattern to fit, making a toile (a personalized, muslin, fitting dress).
Dressmaking: The Indispensable Guide is an essential reference.
Jules Fallon started out in fashion as an apprentice pattern cutter. She earned her Fashion Degree and became head of a college fashion department. She now designs and produces couture and ready-towear bridal and evening wear, and her company, Sew Me Something (sewmesomething.co.uk), runs hugely popular sewing workshops.