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Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everthing I hoped for! June 7 2001
As an experienced amateur seamstress I was looking for a book that would guide me through both designing and sewing a wedding dress for my 6'3" daughter. This book was exactly what I needed to accomplish my goal. Step by step I was able to complete each part of the gown. The final product was stunning and much of the beauty of the gown was because of the construction techniques on the inside that no one would know about eg. lining the fabric (bodice only) with white baby flannelette and treating it as one piece. The beautiful, smooth, princess seams were perfect. In reading the details and applying them to my situation I was able to create a lovely gown. With a good sewing background, a passion for perfection, love for my daughter and her dream dress AND this wonderful book it was everything I had hoped for and would highly recommend it.
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This book is fantastic, regardless of how much knowledge you have on the subject of sewing or textiles. Susan's discussions of the various types of fabrics used in formal and bridal sewing will help novices speak knowledgeably about what they want. As a professional bridal seamstress with a background in costuming I was particularly impressed with the way the author emphasizes how a garment should "behave" and that she gives suggestions on fabrics to be used as linings and interlinings. How a dress is made on the inside is vitally important to how it looks on the outside, and this book will help novices understand why that is and help professionals to achieve it. This book is definitely a must have for anyone involved in making a wedding gown, whether you are a bride or a seamstress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for all sewing enthusiasts July 23 2001
By A Customer
I bought this book never having heard of the author before. I was fairly "blown away" by the high quality of the information offered, the wonderful works shown and the fact that this author obviously cares about those who will use her book. She provides her readers with some of the best, complete and accurate information I have ever seen written in a book. The reader (in this case me) knows that she/he is being provided with information of the highest standard, the author doesn't withhold important facts and obviously loves what she does as seen in the quality work she produces. Sewing from the soul.
I don't do Bridal Sewing but am interested in Couture Sewing. This book is one of the finest on the subject. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridal Couture March 9 2000
People who sew will profit from this book but anyone having a gown made by a seamstress/tailor MUST master the content of this excellent volume as well. It will make you an insufferable client because you will KNOW what a fine couture gown is supposed to be. My mother was an accomplished amateur seamstress who employed ALL of the techniques Susan Khalje describes for constructing bodices and handling fabrics. Those details cannot be sacrificed if the end result is to be as promised. This book is a gold mine.
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Couture. The finest workmanship, with the finest design, with the finest fabric, with the finest instuctor. Susan Khalje fills the need for instruction in the fine art of Bridal Couture. Her instruction is precise, and easy to understand with lovely photos to guide the student through the process of creating a couture gown. Attention is given not only to construction, but to fabric selection, and expert fit. This book is truly a must for dressmakers who strive for the perfection of couture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NECCESARY GUIDE June 14 2000
I was so impressed by this book, which helped me complete my first wedding dress. I am a recent fashion design graduate and I would have to say this was one of the first projects that didn't make me pull my hair out! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in couture techniques for women's clothing. It is a great guide! I have much respect for this timeless art. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great job Susan! July 4 1998
By A Customer
I am the proud owner of one of Susan Khalje's designer wedding ensembles and I have fond memories of our "designing" the perfect outfit for my wedding eight years ago. As soon as I saw that Susan finally wrote a book I had to have it! She did a fantastic job, as I knew she would, and she has much reason to be proud of this huge undertaking! Great job Susan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource Feb. 15 2001
By Dale
As an experienced seamstress, I found this book to be an excellent resource for the beginner as well as the experienced. It starts from the beginning stages, learning about fabrics. The pictures were excellent and instructions were well illustrated and clear. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in understanding how gowns are made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Detail
I like the well detailed techniques and the clearly written information.
The fact that it has been written by an experienced author makes it a valuable tool for my Bridal &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Berta
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridal couture
Fantastic book, just what I was looking for. Have wedding dresses to make and this book is just the thing to help me along. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2009 by S. K. Mclaren
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong, and Incomplete Information in this book
You cannot find A-Line skirts being discussed in the book. It is not in the index, it is nowhere to be found anywhere in the book. Read more
Published on June 6 2001
I can't believe the reviews people have given for this book. Trusting these reviews, I got it and was totally surprised. There is NO DETAIL, just a few pretty pictures. Read more
Published on May 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is one of the most comprehensive books I've read in a long time! Each piece of the dress is gone through in detail that is easy to follow and understand. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by Dawn Rae Downing
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a work of art.
This is the best photogrophy, best writing and best illustrated book in the fashion sewing industry. Read more
Published on May 22 1999 by spike@spikebizcoach.com
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of A Kind
This is an excellent book and in a class by itself. I haven't found any other bridal or special occasion books that offer such comprehensive explanations and diagrams. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 1998
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