- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (May 7 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617456047
- ISBN-13: 978-1617456046
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.8 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 785 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SEW The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge: Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist Paperback – May 7 2018
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About the Author
Barbara Emodi sews, writes, and teaches in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has taught sewing classes in Australia, Canada, the United States, and online and has written extensively for a number of sewing magazines. barbaraemodi.com
From the Publisher
Choosing the Right Pattern
So much of sewing success depends on the right pattern. So how does a sewist identify a good pattern? What’s the code? What should a sewist look for on the envelope and inside on the guide sheet as indicators to a well-drafted pattern?
Be wary of patterns that are all straight lines, because people aren't.
Easy Zippered Pocket
Be alert for many tiny pattern pieces that must be precisely fitted together, often with small seam allowances. A classic case is in the insertion of a zippered pocket, a detail so often added to an otherwise simple bag pattern or jacket. Rather than being concerned about all that marking, about zipper facings, and about making sure both pocket bag pieces line up, I use my own dependable 'hunk of fabric' method, always with great results.
Choosing Pattern Sizes
Don’t pay much attention to the actual numbers when choosing a pattern size. Sewing pattern sizes bear little relationship to ready-to-wear sizes. It is common for a retail size 12 to fit a size 18 or larger in patterns, so don’t panic. This seems to be particularly true in the way the major pattern companies determine sizes. Many indie patterns seem to have sizes that are a closer match to those found in retail clothing, and some even use letters instead of numbers to avoid the issue altogether.
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The kind of stuff you would learn at you’re grandmother's side if you had *that* grandmother. Or the stuff that you might have learned back in the days when they taught sewing in junior and senior high schools.
In the world of sewing and craft books this one is practical and not just eye candy.
This book has something for every sewist. It includes how to build your wardrobe, choose your pattern, or sew without one, four ways to modify a pattern's fit (even step-by-step instructions for a FBA), descriptions of many types of fabrics, care and maintenance for you machines, lots of sewing tips and hacks as well as clearly labelled photos and instructional diagrams. Did I mention that there is a glossary to die for, aptly titled Sew Speak?
The passion of Emodi as a teacher shines through when she clearly describes the pedagogy of why sewing appeals to people with specific types of learning styles. Even in her bibliography, instead of being dry and formulaic, Emodi articulates her own thoughts about each book and who it would appeal to. It is clearly discernible that she has used these reference books time and again, and is quite familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of each recommendation
This book captures the joy of sewing, embraces the creativity within each sewist and inspires one with the confidence to push your sewing skills to the next level. As a sewist, who loves to read, let me be the first to say I hope this is not Emodi's last foray into the book publishing world.
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