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Vogue® Sewing: Revised and Updated [Paperback]

Vogue Knitting Magazine
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June 28 2006

The bestselling guide to sewing gets a freshening up!

And it’s from Vogue®: the most respected name in needlework.


A trusted classic since 1975, Vogue® Sewing has remained a consistent bestseller and sewer’s favorite. Now it’s been fully revised and updated, with the latest information and all-new photographs and illustrations, introduction, and page layout.  From choosing a machine to mastering couture techniques, it covers everything stitchers need to know to make professional and fashionable garments. It’s certain to remain the premier sourcebook for sewers everywhere.

            This technique-rich Vogue’® manual contains comprehensive instructions for understanding pattern markings, selecting fabrics and notions, hand-stitching and mending, pressing, and measuring to fit.  Everything’s beautifully laid out, with charts and detailed explanations. And as it teaches, it also steers you to the right project for your sewing level, with a plethora of photos that showcase different options for both beginners and those more expert with a needle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic resource for those who sew with commercial patterns from the Big 4 (Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity). It's very thorough and if you've used commercial patterns before, this is helpful to supplement whatever knowledge you might have learned from a more beginner's oriented book. If you're very good at figuring things out from technical drawings like I am, then the lack of images of real sewing examples should not hinder you. For those that are more spatially deficient, they might need another book or two to supplement this. I've worked with commercial patterns for years so this is a great resource for dealing with commercial patterns. If you're trying to learn certain basic techniques and don't use commercial patterns, this book is a very good resource for that as well. In terms of altering patterns slightly, this is really useful for figuring out just how to manipulate the patterns from the Big 4 if you don't have any pattern drafting experience.

All in all, this is a pretty thorough resource but basic guide for home sewers and beginners. If you are seeking more professional and/or couture sewing techniques, check out "Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers" by Julie Christine Cole and Sharon Czachor and the books "High Fashion Sewing Secrets" and "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire Shaeffer.
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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the sewing book that you're looking for! June 25 2007
By M.D. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
IF, that is, you're looking for a book that goes into further detail than the standard beginner's sewing book. My mother, who taught Beginner's and Advanced sewing for decades (after earning a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago straight out of high school for her sewing skills), told me that this was a book that she recommended to her advanced (high school) sewing classes, so it may not be the easiest book to just flip through and use off the cuff, but it definitely is an extensive book that brings in not just the craft of sewing, but the actual art of it - something that I, as an artist and art teacher, find to be very important. And my mom just couldn't say enough about what an excellent sewing resource this book is.

My first sewing book was The Complete Book of Sewing New Edition, which IS great for visual references on what the tasks you're undertaking should look like throughout the process, but I found it to be very bare bones when it came to answering my "okay, sooo, WHY am I doing this again, instead of doing that???" type questions. "Vogue Sewing" answers all of those questions for me, as well as offering very helpful hints on how to properly tailor a garment to your specific figural requirements, how to remove specific stains, why to use one fabric over another, what the differences are between a variety of fabrics.... and I got all of this from simply skimming through the book! Yes, this book may guide you towards using Vogue patterns, but considering that that company's name figures VERY prominently in the title, it should be pretty obvious that this book isn't necessarily going to steer you towards using Simplicity or Butterick patterns, especially since I doubt that they have easy access to the copyrights that would allow them to reference those companies' patterns. If that doesn't bother you (it sure doesn't bother me), this book isn't just worth a look, it's worth the full cover price, let alone the discounted price you'll find it for here on Amazon!

Again, if you want a book that's going to ease you into the world of sewing by holding your hand and helping you take baby steps (something we ALL can use at the beginning of anything new), you're probably better off with The Complete Book of Sewing New Edition, as a starting point. BUT, if you're looking for a book that will take about as much deciphering as a standard pattern's guide sheet but offers a great wealth more information about why you're doing what you're doing and everything you could think of in between, this is DEFINITELY the book you want to buy! Heck, you could just do what I did, and buy 'em both! If, however, you only intend to buy one sewing book in the near future, and you want something that will take a little more investment (of time and thought), and give you a MUCH bigger return in knowledge and experience, buy this one first!
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book Nov. 18 2006
By Humble Stumble - Published on Amazon.com
I really like this book because it goes into advanced alterations which is what a lot of other sewing books lack. I was surprised to find out that it has that as a section, being that this is a general sewing book. But it's more than that, there's also couture sewing techniques and a section on how important color is, and guidance on choosing the right colors. That's also something I have a hard time with.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good general reference for home sewing Sept. 4 2012
By IreneDAdler - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on many recommendations from various popular sewing blogs. This book covers quite a lot of ground on many aspects of home sewing, from determining your figure type and choosing your pattern size, to hand and machine sewing techniques, to basic pattern alterations for fit, to tips for working with difficult fabrics, and ends with a wide selection of tailoring and couture techniques and creative touches. It really is very comprehensive, and just jammed full of information. To fit all that information in this book, I feel like they had to sacrifice a little bit of clarity. For example, all the pattern alteration instructions are illustrated with a single line drawing that gives an overview of the changes being made, and the new lines being drawn on the pattern are highlighted in this really thick orange line that sometimes obscures other changes being made in the area. The multi-step instructions that have multiple illustrations are also formatted a bit strangely. Each step is a bullet point, and the accompanying illustrations are numbered, but the text never refers to the illustrations by number, and there is not always an illustration for each bullet point, so you just kinda have to figure out which goes with what. It's definitely not an impossible task, and I think you can get all the information presented if you're willing to sit there and digest it for a bit, but it's definitely not the most user-friendly presentation I've ever seen. Nonetheless, this book is definitely a good foundation volume for a home sewing library. I wouldn't say this is the only book you will ever need, but if it is the first sewing book you get, it will build a great foundation for your sewing skills, and take you quite far. You will eventually need more detailed books, such as Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide and Couture Sewing Techniques, but this book will still remain valuable as a general reference.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that this book has a lot of overlap with The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (or the older edition Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing). If you already have one, I don't really think you need the other. I hadn't noticed before, but after I bought and read both books and saw that they were very very similar in content, I realized that most of the bloggers recommend either one or the other, rarely both. I would say the newer edition of the Reader's Digest Guide is probably more beginner-friendly, and I think even the older edition that has only line drawings has clearer illustrations and slightly better formatting than the Vogue book, but the Vogue book is definitely the biggest sewing info bang for the buck because it crams so much in. If you are able, try to borrow both books from a library or a friend and flip through and see which one you like better, because I think it depends a lot on personal preference. If you already own the Reader's Digest guide, there is info in the Vogue book that is not in the Reader's Digest book, but I think it will be better value to invest in more in-depth books on specific subjects rather than get another book that mostly covers the same basic principles. If you buy or already own the Vogue book, there is really no reason to get the Reader's Digest book unless you just really dislike the instructional style of the Vogue book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Help for the Sophisticated Feb. 23 2011
By Caroline Lamb - Published on Amazon.com
This book has a lot of plusses. It goes into great detail on a huge variety of sewing procedures, with a lot of illustrations. If I am doing something I don't do often, I definitely pull out the book to review before I start cutting or sewing. My criticism of the book is its vocabulary. A lot of the time it uses what I would have to call sewing jargon. I don't know what the terms mean. Sometimes I can look them up. Sometimes the illustrations alone will suffice. More often, I pull out my trusty Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing and review the same procedure. If you are a sophisticated seamstress, and understand all the sewing terms, this book will be beyond helpful; it's essential. If, like me, you are a sometimes seamstress with no formal training, the book can make you feel like you're in over your head.
66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Nov. 3 2006
By Julia - Published on Amazon.com
This book covers a lot of useful info about sewing, but the illustrations and instructions are confusing and difficult to follow. The book has only 2-color illustrations and no photos. I ended up having to buy another book, DK "The complete book of sewing", it is much better and at Amazon, it's almost the same price as this one. I wish I could return this Vogue book, but after shipping fees are discounted, it's just not worth the trouble.
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