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Dressmaking : the complete step-by-step guide to making your own clothes /

by Smith, Alison (Alison Victoria).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : DK Publishing, 2012Edition: 1st American ed.Description: 320 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780756698201 :; 0756698200.Title notes: $30.00 1-2013 (db)Subject(s): Dressmaking | Tailoring (Women's) | Sewing | Clothing and dressOnline resources: Publisher description
Contents:
Tools & materials -- Basic sewing kit -- Needles and pins -- Threads -- Measuring and marking tools -- Cutting tools -- Notions -- Useful extras -- Sewing machine -- Serger -- Pressing aids -- Fabrics -- Wool fabrics -- Cotton fabrics -- Silk fabrics -- Linen fabrics -- Synthetic fabrics -- Patterns & cutting out -- Reading patterns -- Body measuring -- Altering patterns -- Making a toile -- Cutting out -- General techniques -- Stitches for hand sewing -- Machine stitches and seams -- Reducing seam bulk -- Darts -- Gathers -- Interfacings -- Facings -- Collars -- Waistbands -- Sleeves -- Pockets -- Hemlines -- Zippers -- Buttons -- Hooks and eyes and snaps -- Garments -- The skirts -- Classic A-line skirt -- Button front A-line skirt -- Classic tailored skirt -- Tailored evening skirt -- Classic pleated skirt -- Topstitched pleated skirt -- The dresses -- Classic shift dress -- Short-sleeved shift dress -- Square-neck shift dress -- Sleeveless shift dress -- Short sleeveless shift dress -- Classic waisted dress -- Short-sleeved waisted dress -- Sleeveless waisted dress -- Waisted cocktail dress -- Classic empire waist dress -- Sleeveless empire waist dress -- Long empire waist dress -- The pants -- Classic tailored pants -- Tapered capri pants -- Classic palazzo pants -- Wide-leg shorts -- The tops -- Classic shell top -- Tie-neck top -- Long-sleeved tunic -- Classic princess-line blouse -- Short-sleeved blouse -- The jackets -- Classic boxy jacket -- Boxy jacket with collar -- Classic shawl collar jacket -- Lined shawl collar jacket -- Mending & repairs -- Unpicking stitches -- Darning a hole -- Repairing fabric under a button -- Repairing a damaged buttonhole -- Mending a split in a seam -- Mending a tear with a fusible patch -- Repairing or replacing elastic -- Repairing a broken zipper -- Customizing -- Lengthening a skirt with a contrast band -- Turning jeans into a skirt -- Adding a collar and pockets to a dress -- Embellishing a dress with sequins and beads -- Embellishing a T-shirt with flowers -- Adding a ribbon trim to a cardigan -- Patterns.
Summary: Discusses how to make, alter, and customize clothes; create a wardrobe complete with thirty garments; and mend and repair worn items.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Perfect for anyone interested in sewing -- whether it's updating an old top or creating an A-line skirt from scratch -- Dressmaking covers everything one needs to know to make, alter, and customize clothes. <p>Sewers will discover what supplies to buy and how to use them, the best fabrics to choose based on drape and weave, how to understand patterns and alter them, and the essential general techniques to master -- plus patterns and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for a skirt, dress, shirt, tee, jacket, and pair of pants -- including suggested variations!</p> <p>Finishing up with tips and inspiration on alterations, repairs, and customizing any clothes, from dealing with holes and tears to lengthening and shortening sleeves, this handy guide is the dressmaking bible no budding seamstress should be without.</p>

$30.00 1-2013 (db)

Includes index.

Tools & materials -- Basic sewing kit -- Needles and pins -- Threads -- Measuring and marking tools -- Cutting tools -- Notions -- Useful extras -- Sewing machine -- Serger -- Pressing aids -- Fabrics -- Wool fabrics -- Cotton fabrics -- Silk fabrics -- Linen fabrics -- Synthetic fabrics -- Patterns & cutting out -- Reading patterns -- Body measuring -- Altering patterns -- Making a toile -- Cutting out -- General techniques -- Stitches for hand sewing -- Machine stitches and seams -- Reducing seam bulk -- Darts -- Gathers -- Interfacings -- Facings -- Collars -- Waistbands -- Sleeves -- Pockets -- Hemlines -- Zippers -- Buttons -- Hooks and eyes and snaps -- Garments -- The skirts -- Classic A-line skirt -- Button front A-line skirt -- Classic tailored skirt -- Tailored evening skirt -- Classic pleated skirt -- Topstitched pleated skirt -- The dresses -- Classic shift dress -- Short-sleeved shift dress -- Square-neck shift dress -- Sleeveless shift dress -- Short sleeveless shift dress -- Classic waisted dress -- Short-sleeved waisted dress -- Sleeveless waisted dress -- Waisted cocktail dress -- Classic empire waist dress -- Sleeveless empire waist dress -- Long empire waist dress -- The pants -- Classic tailored pants -- Tapered capri pants -- Classic palazzo pants -- Wide-leg shorts -- The tops -- Classic shell top -- Tie-neck top -- Long-sleeved tunic -- Classic princess-line blouse -- Short-sleeved blouse -- The jackets -- Classic boxy jacket -- Boxy jacket with collar -- Classic shawl collar jacket -- Lined shawl collar jacket -- Mending & repairs -- Unpicking stitches -- Darning a hole -- Repairing fabric under a button -- Repairing a damaged buttonhole -- Mending a split in a seam -- Mending a tear with a fusible patch -- Repairing or replacing elastic -- Repairing a broken zipper -- Customizing -- Lengthening a skirt with a contrast band -- Turning jeans into a skirt -- Adding a collar and pockets to a dress -- Embellishing a dress with sequins and beads -- Embellishing a T-shirt with flowers -- Adding a ribbon trim to a cardigan -- Patterns.

Discusses how to make, alter, and customize clothes; create a wardrobe complete with thirty garments; and mend and repair worn items.

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Library Journal Review

The trademark characteristics of DK's books-extensive color photographs and straightforward presentation-are present yet again in British dressmaking instructor Smith's first book. All of the basics of garment sewing are included, from sewing techniques to supplies, but the highlight of the book is the information about adjusting patterns and sewing specific garment features, such as in-seam pockets or invisible zippers. Patterns for several garments are included, but they need to be printed, drafted by hand onto pattern paper, or enlarged on a copier. VERDICT While there's enough basic information here for novices, Dressmaking works better as an encyclopedic reference for experienced garment sewists. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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