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May 1 2011

Tailoring is the complete photo guide to sewing jackets and coats. Written by sewing professionals, this book teaches the trusted, proven methods for sewing tailored jackets with impeccable details and perfect fit. Written for the intermediate sewer who wants to move on to more challenging projects, this book ensures success with detailed, step-by-step instructions, more than 400 photos, in-depth discussions about products and how to use them. Tailoring offers guidance for every aspect of tailoring a jacket: fitting and pattern alteration, fabrics and tools, interfacings, interlinings, seams and finishes, hand stitches, collars, pressing, topstitching, shaping shoulders, setting in sleeves, sewing pockets, vents, and making perfect buttonholes.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-Classed July 17 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
TAILORING
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to the previous edition Aug. 11 2011
By Bryce Ennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first jacket success with this book Aug. 21 2012
By ncj86 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference and here are some referencs for pattern drafting April 29 2012
By Robert H. Welton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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 Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tailoring March 6 2012
By Robby - Published on Amazon.com
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Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket, is really the best little book for teaching tailoring techniques. It is filled with colorful step by step illustrations of the jacket construction process, with all the tips and advice to make the perfect tailored jacket. It is paperback easy to carry around and just a good book to have.The New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories Updated Edition with All-New Projects and Simplicity Patterns (Reader's Digest)
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