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Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket Paperback – May 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; Revised edition edition (May 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236097
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Creative Publishing international is a worldwide publisher of how-to books. The company's current retail offering includes over 300 titles on topics covering home improvement, home decorating, sewing, crafting, hunting & fishing, and photography. Over the past 15 years, CPi has developed high-quality photography step-by-step books with nationally recognized brand partners like Black & Decker and Singer.

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Clear explanations, wonderful pictures plus tons of tips about fabric, notions, pressing and sewing! For beginners and experienced sewers.
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The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket

I have purchased three large format titles under the CREATIVE colophon because they impressed me as being well written, well edited, and well produced. And cheap.

This title, however, is half the size of the others, on a subject that I presume to require as much explanation. Is the subject half-covered? Furthermore, no writer is credited. It is to wonder whether it is written by a salaried editor at the behest of the sales office, or by a ghost writer. Why does the writer remain unknown?

The production is quite as competent as the other two, but a cursory look-through senses brevity, as if each subtopic is cut to fit the page rather than given the pages to fit the cut. There are no ragged page endings common to the other books of its kind.

The signal topics not so thoroughly described in other books are 8 pp about the tools for pressing and shaping fabrics and seams during construction, and 4 pp about hand sewing. These dozen pages might be worth the cost of the book to a reader who has not learned from other sources.

Without actually following the instructions to make a jacket, I have no way to tell how useful this book is for a beginner or even an experienced seamstress advancing from dresses to heavy tailoring. I am giving this opus a mid rating because a star is demanded to post an opinion. I do not want to downgrade it because it is so much less than comparable titles, nor do I dare to upgrade it because it is so much less than comparable titles. Only a tailor can tell whether it tells all that needs to be told.

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I like it easy to use.
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HASH(0xa4470bac) out of 5 stars Similar to the previous edition Aug. 11 2011
By Bryce Ennis - Published on
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For anybody who's wondering what differences there may be between this edition and the 2005 printing, I can tell you.

Things that changed:
- The layout has been rearranged and modernised to make the book look more like contemporary how-to books, because the previous edition has a decidedly 80s/90s feel to it. For example, the fonts have been changed to trendier typefaces.
- Outdated photos of models have been replaced with models wearing modernised versions of the original garments.
- Nearly all the instructional photos are the same photos as in the previous edition, but they have been digitally re-touched to make the colours and lighting more modern.

Things that did not change:
- Although the pages have been reformatted themselves to bring them in line with contemporary how-to books, the contents of those pages are actually on the same pages as in the previous edition.
- The text itself is the SAME, being identical word for word in every section I compared. There may be differences buried deep in the books, but I did not spot them as I flipped through and did quick spot-checks.

In short, it's the same great information as before, but with a modernised presentation to make it more marketable.

And oh yes: it is cheaper, so that's nice.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4470c00) out of 5 stars first jacket success with this book Aug. 21 2012
By ncj86 - Published on
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I recently completed my first tailored jacket using this book for guidance and it came out great. I imagine that if I had followed the pattern instructions the final product would not have been as nice. This book walks you through every step- from interfacing selection to buttonholes (bound and machine), collar tailoring (notched and shawl, with custom, machine, and fusible methods) to lining insertion (by hand or machine). There are tons of different techniques presented, all illustrated with photographs and descriptive captions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering making a tailored jacket for the first time or someone who wants to learn tailoring techniques beyond typical pattern instructions.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4470edc) out of 5 stars Good reference and here are some referencs for pattern drafting April 29 2012
By Robert H. Welton - Published on
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I have a previous edition of this book ("Tailoring", part of the Singer Sewing Reference Library ©1988) and the comparison of this new version with previous editions was helpful. This book (and its older editions as well) is a good reference largely due to the excellent photos to guide your work - the bound button hole section is very clear. Glad it has been updated for newer buyers.
In response to Nicole I's interest in book to show how to draft a suit pattern, I can share with you some advice from Kathleen Fasanella that she posted on her very useful and informative Fashion-Incubator blog that for men's patterns she recommends "Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear" by Winifred Aldrich or "Fundamentals of Men's Fashion Design" by Masaada Kawashima. Fasanella also mentions another of her favorites is "Tailoring Suits the Professional Way" by Clarence Poulin, which is out of print that I was lucky to find, is also excellent.
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HASH(0xa447c420) out of 5 stars Save Yourself Some Morey! July 17 2014
By Kate Smith - Published on
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Save your money and buy the original for pennies. For some reason that I can't discern, this is the identical book in every way, page by page, as the Singer Sewing Reference Library book titled Tailoring. Don't get me wrong, the contents of this book are excellent in explaining quite well the steps to go through to construct a jacket which is not obvious from the Singer book's title. However, if you examine the inside of both books, each and every page is identical - the same pictures, the same text, the same chapters, in the same order. I bought this book at a premium, and after flipping through it a few minutes, realized that it looked quite familiar. It took me a while to find which book I owned that had the same contents, never dreaming that this was a book in the Singer Series [I have the entire set, which is excellent]. You can buy the Singer books in very good used condition for mere pennies. This book is very hard to find in used condition at all, and used copies are rarely very much less than the full retail price of a new volume. The Singer books are available new as well, for those people who want a new book. Compare the two books, and save yourself some money while getting a classic book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4470cc0) out of 5 stars Tailoring:The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket (Good for Beginning Tailoring) April 30 2012
By Bijou Robles - Published on
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Anyone looking for a good guide to tailoring a jacket will find the instructions and MANY GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS in this book VERY HELPFUL. Details are clear and so are the instructions. The step-by-step photos are excellent.