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

Lynda Maynard
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Dec 21 2010

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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"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

About the Author

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.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant details July 20 2011
By tnorper
Format:Hardcover-spiral
The "Dressmaker's Handbook" is not intended to be the kind of encyclopedic guide to couture that Claire Shaeffer's book is, but it is full of gorgeous methods, extremely well-illustrated. The methods here tend to empasize machine sewing - which frankly is good for those of us who include speed as part of any project's appeal - but the essential handsewing techniques are explained and shown in detail. I can see a use for every method, and would have this book at hand for just about every project. I still regard Shaeffer's book as the main guide to couture, but this is a brilliant accompaniment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good source! Nov. 1 2011
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
This book is a very good source of professional industrial/home-sewing book. I don't know why it was label couture sewing, since there's no instructions at all on hand sewing techniques. However, the book presents sophisticated finishing alternatives, which are worth trying, in clear, comprehensive step-by-step format . To have a better view on haute couture sewing, I recommend other sources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated book Nov. 16 2012
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
Not for beginners, but inspiring. Illustrated beautifully throughout with clear photographs.

Even at the beginning of the book there is a table of contents with photos, so you know at a glance which subject you want.
I consider myself an advanced sewer, but there are techniques here I cannot wait to try!

Love it!
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