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Secrets of the Couturiers


Secrets of the Couturiers


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Orbis (1985)



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The book is a intermediate to advanced sewing technique book. It has 12 sections: each looks at one of 12 famous clothing designers, with a brief biography and images of their work, and then gives sewing techniques for some aspect of dress that designer was famous for. There are illustrations showing how each of these techniques might be used in garments. The designers and techniques are;

Worth - decorative effects: lace inserts, gauging, corded shirring, bias-fold shell trimming (a.k.a. prairie points).

Poiret - matching stripes and patterned fabrics

Vionnet - working with bias: a pretty falling bias neckline finish, 3 different bias ruffles on skirts,

Schiaparelli - welt and corded buttonholes and pockets

Chanel - linings

Dior - traditional tailoring techniques and stitches

Balenciaga - setting sleeves, making shoulder pads, finishing cuffs

Claire McCardell - rouleau for belts, looped buttonholes and decorative trims (Chinese ball, frogs), inseam and patch pockets

Courreges - overlaid seams, topstitching, channel seams, piped seams

Cardin - scalloped hem, pointed hem, rolled or padded hem, frilled hem

Saint Laurent - tailored pleats and gathers

Valentino - hand-rolled hems, shell hems, rouleau insertion, beaded hems, gauze-bound hem, french binding hem, fabric flowers (including the cabbage rose).

The book also contains a basic tools section in the introduction, and a designers notebook at the end, giving further ideas for incorporating design detailing into your sewing. These ideas include ruffs, buttons, fastenings, fringe, decorative trimmings, bows, rouching, fur trim, pockets, collars, edge finishes and shapes, padded hems, ruffles, sleeve shapes, belts and ties, and pleats.

The instructions are supported by illustrations of multiple steps, and are very clear.

This book would be perfect for someone who can sew simple garments well and is looking to expand their knowledge base and make more interesting pieces with attention to detail. There are no complete patterns in this book: it will not tell you how to make any particular garment. It offers a menu of techniques for you to start incorporating into your own designs. The style of the drawings showing design ideas are dated, and you need to be able to look past the 80s-ness and see how you could use these details today.

This is an underappreciated gem. I see many copies for US$1 to $3 available second hand, and I would suggest that all sewers snap it up if they see it.
It was recommended and I was very pleased with the information in the book. How to finish a lot of sewing tips, I especially loved that clothes fit better with the technics skown
Good reference material

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