Couture Sewing, Tailoring Techniques by Claire Shaeffer
This book is about tailoring techniques and sewing secrets of such renowned designers as Chanel, Dior, and Balenciaga. Get an insider's view of the couture industry. Author and fashion expert Claire B. Shaeffer shares garment tailoring techniques, construction methods, and even short cuts used in the finest European ateliers of Paris, Rome and London.
Shaeffer presents viewers with an in-depth tailoring workshop, demonstrating key techniques such as converting darts to ease, creating a patch pocket, interfacing a hem, stitching a fly zipper, and making a bound buttonhole.
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Chapter Six : "Characteristics of Couture Construction" is very interesting.
If you love the Classics and Vintage Couture, this book will definitely work for you (As the whole series Couture Sewing does...) But it would be nice to learn more about the modern garments, fabrics and techniques a bit more.....
Photographs of Vintage classic garments and real treasure pieces of Couture, are beautiful, but who is creating or wearing a coat as on page 14. these days? Learning the old-school tailoring techniques; great example. Finding inspirations in these old Vintage Couture.... mmmmm...... not easy.