Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket Paperback – May 1 2011
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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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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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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- Outdated photos of models have been replaced with models wearing modernised versions of the original garments.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.
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.