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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Pap/Dvdr edition (Oct. 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600859550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600859557
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CLAIRE B. SHAEFFER is an internationally recognized expert in fashion design history and construction techniques for haute couture and high-end ready-to-wear. She has served as Couture Sewing Technique Consultant for the Museum of the City of New York, is a long-time designer for Vogue Patterns, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, and the author of numerous books. Shaeffer received the Professional Association of Custom Clothier's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and was inducted into the ASG’s Sewing Hall of Fame in 2012.

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By Rosalind Clayton on July 23 2014
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This is an EXCELLENT value & resource, as it comes with an extremely well explained DVD to back up points in the book. Super value! Even if you're not going to make a couture jacket with all the steps involved, this is still a great reference for sewing any kind of tailored jacket. A job very well done! Excellent tips & techniques that Claire explains in a straight forward way. I will refer to it many times.

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Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about Couture construction techniques….enter the 3 piece Chanel sleeve. I was thrilled to see how Chanel gave her sleeves so much shape and rather than doing it via a 2 piece sleeve construction, she did it in 3 parts. Thanks for continuing to share your love and passion for the Couture.
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Claire Shaeffer has a series of these books on couture sewing techniques Nov. 19 2013
By BowedBookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
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While I am not the type to actually wear a couture jacket (a Chanel jacket with jeans, say, is not my favorite combination) I do admit to admiring the luxury of the material and the exquisite craftsmanship of the creation.

There were a number of techniques discussed here that could be applied to effect on other projects one wanted to upgrade to the level of fine art. For instance, you may have wondered why certain items of clothing you have owed (or borrowed from a friend or relative) lasted so well, and could take the abuse of daily living without showing the effects. Perhaps sometime you admired the drape of a jacket fabric without knowing quite how they achieved that custom fit. Without taking the garment apart, you were never going to uncover the mystery.

Author Claudia Shaeffer does all that for us and more. She shows us the machine and hand sewing techniques for each stage of the jacket process. One part I found most interesting was the cutting and seam-marking. It may seem obvious to some, but thread-marking the seams rather than using some other marker is clearly superior to anything else I can think of when one is cutting from a large piece of fabric with an obvious graphic. (I am not talking about Chanel jackets here, but using unique fabrics for specialized projects).

Buttonholing, sleeve side vents, applying gimp trim and pockets are all discussed, and it should come as no surprise that good results comes from careful attention to detail and patient hand sewing techniques. These are projects in which one must revel in the process rather than simply the product. But with the right kind of desire, one can produce lovely, long-lasting and unique pieces of clothing art…and it doesn’t have to look like Chanel unless you want it to.

Shaeffer includes high-quality and useful close-up pictures in the book of the techniques she describes, and has many gorgeous photographs of Chanel jackets through the years. While I did not see the DVD included with the book, it must be an equally useful master course in couture fitting. For an aspiring tailor, clothing designer, or seamstress, to find a teacher for these techniques is as rare as hen’s teeth. Artisans that can do these things can rarely explain it. Shaeffer has done that AND produced a book with beautiful, clear photographs that you can reference again and again as you struggle to achieve something unique.

As I went to post this review, I discovered that Claire B. Shaeffer has an entire line of books and DVD sets on couture sewing techniques. Her line is wonderfully priced by the indispensable craft publisher Taunton Press. Creating works of art by hand makes better people of us—those who appreciate the time and effort involved in success and failure and beauty. We begin to understand talent, patience, perseverance…those things that will make a difference to us in our lives and loves. If you know an aspiring fabric-ator, the name Claire B. Shaeffer is a useful name to know.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Pleased to add this title to my collection Oct. 8 2013
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very excited to receive this book. I have gone through much of the book, but I have not been able to watch the DVDs. There were some points where I thought the instructions were a bit confusing and not detailed enough. I am hoping the DVD will help with those points. However, I think the overall quality of the book is great. There are a lot of beautiful techniques included in it that I haven't seen anywhere else before. I love that she dicusses the quilting technique. I have always wanted to know how to accomplish that. I like that the pattern she discusses is available through Vogue. I look forward to following her instructions to complete a jacket before moving on to some more adventurous projects. In the back of the books she talks about different ideas for fabrics for the jacket, one of which is denim. I have always wanted a nice denim jacket, but I can never find one that suits me. If I add a collar to her basic pattern (the Vogue pattern) I can create the denim jacket I have always wanted. I am very pleased with this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not for the faint of heart Feb. 9 2014
By Anonymouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not met Claire Shaeffer but I have met fanatical costumers and they sure are an obsessed bunch. If you are seriously serious about tailoring jackets, then this book is for you.

Ms Shaeffer collects Chanel jackets and has reverse engineered the tailoring techniques that make them look and feel so fantastic. She presents the "how to" in straightforward Taunton Press prose with loads of photos.

Although I appreciate the value of authentic Chanel pieces to the technician, I would have liked Ms Shaeffer to have included some modern examples of Chanel-inspired jackets for us. I find Chanel from the 50s and 60s unrelievedly unattractive. The fabrics and trim shown in the book represent an entirely different aesthetic from today's and I worry that the samples shown and the fabrics Ms Shaeffer works with in her demonstrations are so authentic that they are offputting.

I received this review copy of "Couture Sewing: The Couture Cardigan Jacket. Sewing secrets from a Chanel collector" by Claire B. Shaeffer (The Taunton Press) through NetGalley.com. It is one of several of Ms Shaeffer's Couture Sewing books published by Taunton.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book Oct. 4 2013
By CL&B - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Claire Shaeffer introduces couture sewing techniques and methods for the Chanel jacket. The meticulous research/studying of original Chanels, and the illustrations makes it a great guide for the home sewer enthusiast. The included DVD, complements her book very well. The instructions of cutting and shaping the jacket sections, princess seaming, quilting, making the 3-piece sleeve, adding the chain weight, creating the double buttonhole, etc. can be found in this book and the DVD.
if you are not familiar with basic hand sewing, or couture methods of garment construction, I strongly recommend purchasing her revised & updated Couture Sewing Techniques book along with her Couture Techniques Workshop DVD (sold separately) before purchasing The Couture Cardigan Jacket.
Why four stars? It would have been phenomenal if Mrs. Shaffer could have acquire at least one contemporary jacket to her collection and briefly discuss its features. Also, but since one of the things that makes a couture garment special is the attention to detail, a more detailed explanation on sewing different handworked tailored buttonholes, would had been appreciated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly informative! Nov. 7 2013
By AriReads - Published on Amazon.com
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I have sewn garments for more than forty years, so I was intrigued by the chance to review this title. I remember pouring over the pages of Vogue each month looking for what to make next, and still have some higher quality fabric from the eighties that never got used. I was eager to discover if the author could teach me something new, while keeping the instructions clear enough for a less experienced sewer.

I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. The attention to detail, such as considering the appropriate lining fabric before purchasing the shell fabric, is excellent. The reader is taken from the planning stages to the completed garment, with clear, easy-to-follow photos accompanying each step.

Along with the instructional photos, the book is rich with images of vintage Chanel garments and an explanation of some technique or choice the designer was known to use. I recommend reading the book before purchasing your pattern or making any textile choices, or you'll see something you like better than what you have bought and wish you'd gotten that trim or fabric.

I recommend this book for all but the most basic sewers, or a basic user with an experienced person to assist, mainly because of the investment costs when working with such fine fabric. I plan to gift my daughter with a copy, as she's graduated from online tutorials to some designing on her own and I think the techniques shown here will allow her to take her skills up a level or two.

*I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


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