Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear Paperback – May 1 1997
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Though ostensibly a how-to manual on wedding gown construction, this magnificent book teaches all about advanced dressmaking skills, and its principles can be applied to creating many other types of haute-couture-style gowns. The very thorough text details all aspects of fabrics and construction: the unique characteristics of each type of fashion fabric, including extensive information on manipulating lace; preparing the muslin mockup (a necessary first step to ensure a perfect fit); adjusting the bodice, sleeves, and skirt and joining them all together; adding ornamentation; and handling bustles and trains. The final chapter presents all the specifics of making four gowns of different styles. The novice and even the advanced sewer will learn much here, and perhaps best of all, pattern-drafting experience is not required--the author works her transformations on purchased patterns. If you're ambitious enough to make your own wedding gown, this book is absolutely essential, but even if you're hiring someone else to custom-make your gown, you'll find this an invaluable guide. And anyone pursuing a dressmaking career should have this important reference work on the shelf. --Amy Handy
"A must for prospective brides..." -- Sewing with Butterick, Autumn 2002. "A must for prospective brides..." -- Vogue Patterns, October 2002.
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I don't do Bridal Sewing but am interested in Couture Sewing. This book is one of the finest on the subject. I highly recommend it.
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I like the well detailed techniques and the clearly written information.
The fact that it has been written by an experienced author makes it a valuable tool for my Bridal &... Read more
You cannot find A-Line skirts being discussed in the book. It is not in the index, it is nowhere to be found anywhere in the book. Read morePublished on June 6 2001
I can't believe the reviews people have given for this book. Trusting these reviews, I got it and was totally surprised. There is NO DETAIL, just a few pretty pictures. Read morePublished on May 24 2001
As an experienced seamstress, I found this book to be an excellent resource for the beginner as well as the experienced. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001 by Dale
This is one of the most comprehensive books I've read in a long time! Each piece of the dress is gone through in detail that is easy to follow and understand. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2000 by Dawn Rae Downing
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