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1. A Guide to Fashion Sewing (4th
2. Sewing for the Apparel Industry
3. African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary
4. Design Without Limits: Designing
5. The language of fashion;: Dictionary
6. Creating Fashion Accessories (Singer
7. Textiles and Clothing
8. Sewing fashion fabrics (Current
9. Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing
10. Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and
11. Patterns
12. Patterns of Fashion 1: 1660-1860
13. Hot Textiles: Inspiration and
15. Fleece for Kids: Easy-To-Sew Clothes
16. Draping for Fashion Design
17. 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns
18. Exploring Textile Arts
19. Fitting & Pattern Alteration:
20. Carr and Latham's Technology of

1. A Guide to Fashion Sewing (4th Edition)
by Connie Amaden-Crawford
Paperback: 362 Pages (2006-06-30)
list price: US$97.50 -- used & new: US$28.00
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Asin: 1563674505
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This new edition of the highly successful classic on fashion sewing retains the large helpful illustrations and easy-to-read text of previous editions. The text is organized in a step-by-step, start-to-finish style coupled by thousands of enhanced visuals. Amaden-Crawford helps the reader create fashionable and professional looking garments for women, men and children. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wade
An excellent book for both the beginner and professional sewers. The sewing techniques/instructions are clear and concise. Mrs. Crawford included lots of details on sewing machines, required notions, etc. I only wish that the book came in hard cover form, instead of soft cover.. Highly recommend.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's OK
My problem with this book is that I always need to remember whether the dark color means right side or wrong side. Of course it is obvious in some figures, but definitely not for most of them. Why not draw flowers to illustrate the right sides on the figures?
It is confusing.

3-0 out of 5 stars No Photos!All Black and White
I recently returned to sewing after years of being away from it.I was looking for some books to look at as a refresher as well as learn some more advanced techniques.I checked out 7 books from the library including this one and this was my least favorite.It's pretty basic, offered nothing that several of the other books didn't but primarily, because there were no photos.All the images were illustrations in gray tones.It seemed more like a text book and intimidating.Not fun and inspiring.The information was good but the lack of photos and color made it intimidating and I didn't want to read it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Skip this one
This book is called a "classic" but I don't see why. It is a very mediocre book that skims over or altogether skips some very important sewing basics. This book is published by Fairchild, a leading publisher of professional books on fashion. So I was expecting a comprehensive, in-depth textbook on fashion sewing--I was very disappointed! There is absolutely zero info about altering store-bought patterns, so go elsewhere if you are looking for help with pattern fitting. As an example, there are just a few pages on how to hem garments. It shows a picture of a faced hem, but it gives no instructions on how to do one! Yet there are multiple pages on how to do obscure pocket flaps--it makes no sense! A much better choice would be the Reader's Digest sewing book. Even the Simplicity Simply the Best sewing book is better than this! If the book weren't so large and hefty I would send it back, but I don't want to pay the postage. The book has black and white line drawings that are no better than other books. I would only get this if I could find a really cheap copy, because otherwise you are wasting your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know to sew
Great resource book for those who are learning to sew - big pictures and easily understood instruction. ... Read more

2. Sewing for the Apparel Industry
by Claire Shaeffer
Paperback: 448 Pages (2000-07-27)
list price: US$101.20 -- used & new: US$70.00
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Asin: 0321062841
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This easy-to-use workbook details the sewing processes, practical skills, and equipment used in apparel manufacturing. It contains step-by-step directions, approximately 1000 illustrations, and numerous reference charts. Efficient and cost effective procedure descriptions compliment material on the basic concept of design and desired quality—providing users with an understanding of various production methods, how they affect design decisions, and relate to garment quality and labor and material costs.Divided into three parts, the chapters logically guide readers from basic intrinsic operations to more complex specific applications for particular structural elements. Coverage includes basic machine and production skills; a complete treatment of seams; hems; darts; facings; plackets; interlinings; cuffs and waistbands; sleeves; closures; zippers; collars; pockets; bias; and linings.A practical reference for apparel manufacturers and sub-contractors, training and production supervisors, professional dressmakers, theater costumers, homesewers learning professional techniques, and a helpful tool for problem solving in the workplace. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This book is expensive, inaccurate, and underwhelming.
Claire Shaeffer writes informative books about sewing and fabrics for the home sewer.Claire Shaeffer should have either stayed in the sewing industry or gained real experience in the garment industry before she dare charge $71 for a vacuous outsider's perspective of this so-called "apparel industry".The book has a generic text book tome and the corny needle and thread clip art screams "home sewer".There is nothing wrong with home sewing.I've been sewing since I was 10.Making clothes has been my quiet hobby and a source of unending fascination.The truth is: the garment industry doesn't want to deal with home sewers."Fashion" designers and home sewers both share ignorance and arrogance as annoying, unappealing traits.Anyone can doodle on a napkin, but who can construct it from a sketch, fit it right, and sew it up professionally, within your cost structure?Not a "fashion" designer or a home sewer can do that, yet they think that they are greater than the process for they are completely unaware of the process.The goal is to work well with the fashion and garment industries.If you are looking for this kind of information in this book, you won't find it.

This book is expensive, inaccurate, and underwhelming.The "sewing on paper project" (page 50) is laughable.How will sewing on a piece of paper get me any closer to dealing with "the apparel industry"?Claire Shaeffer's terms are off.Apparel is nebulous - it's either the fashion or garment industry.The fashion industry sells the clothes while the garment industry makes the clothes.It's "block" rather than "sloper".Good blocks are everything, so learn how to make them and alter them yourself - for everything revolves around your blocks!It is your block that you take to garment manufactures from which they sew a sample.They don't need your pretty little sample.It is good to sew your "first sample" for your benefit, for you will know, in general, how to construct it and the number of steps for costing benefit.What are those 101 steps of garment production?You won't find the answer in this book.It is quite a leap going from home sewer to design entrepreneur and those of us taking that leap need accurate and relative information about the ways of the garment industry.Without accurate information, that leap means you'll never know how to contact garment manufactures; you can't define what you want and they don't know what to deliver; your clothes will never fit and you will have committed tons of money on a "dog"; you won't ever know the language of the garmento and you will sound like an a buffoon; you will sew the long, circuitous route rather than the expedient way like the professionals using industrial machines and practices.For those of you looking for information to facilitate crossing the chasm from home sewer to design entrepreneur, you won't find it here.

5-0 out of 5 stars THANKYOUCLAIRESHAEFFER!!!
This is the type of book that should be used in schools for Merchandising OR Fashion Design. I cannot get over it's usefullness. Everything I wanted (and needed) to hear about about clothing manufacture is in this book! Fairchild Pubs could never publish such a USEFUL and INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN book. Those bastards always make textbooks difficult to understand and fill them with meaningless JABBERWOCKY!! Half the time, they don't even have a decent glossary or INDEX (if there is one at all) whereas Claire it seems, has given us the full tour. Peripheral data you could care less about is not here!! Nothing to waste your time, only a step-by-step layout of what happens when a person or people manufacture clothing for retail purposes. From the design concepts (who and how they're created) to what type of people you would need (including full job descriptions) to what the considerations are for contracting, shipping etc.. There are also tons of other little things including pictures that are laid out in a very intelligible way. The beauty of her writing is that the data is always concious that you may not be a huge entreprenuer, and applies methods for the little guy as well. Just an amazing book. I almost don't want anyone else to know about it... ... Read more

3. African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion With Ethnic Flair : Patterns
by Ronke Luke-Boone
Paperback: 143 Pages (2001-01)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$2.39
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Asin: 0873419146
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Exotic! Exciting! Inspiring! African fabrics are sought after because of their rich histories and lavish designs, but they intimidate many sewers. Author and designer Ronke Luke-Boone helps take the mystery out of these works of art and teaches sewers of all skill levels where to buy fabrics, how to choose the right ones, and the best techniques for sewing them. Besides covering the six most popular African fabrics—mudcloth, Kuba cloth, Korhogo cloth, fancy prints, wax prints, and Kente cloth—this guide shows readers how they are produced and ways to incorporate them into contemporary designs for men, women, and children, as well as home décor. As an added bonus, Luke-Boone offers 14 original projects, including a tote bag, tunic, pillows, placemats, and a child’s loom, three of which have full-size patterns.

- Covers the six most popular African fabrics currently available
- Excellent reference for sewers or anyone who is interested in fabrics, culture, and history
- 14 step-by-step projects—three with full-size patterns ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Full of Inspiration
I was looking for a resource book on many kinds of African textiles; their cultural significance, history, countries of origin, and methods of production.This book covered all these areas, and more. Although my primary interest is in creating surface designs on my own fabric and paper for mixed-media art, I was tempted to pull my sewing machine out of retirement and try my hand at some "ethnic" inspired garments or gifts.A great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatpics, great information
This is a wonderful book for the garment sewer who wants to work with African fabrics. You learn about the characteristics of a variety of African fabrics, how to recognize true mudcloth, fancy prints vs. wax prints etc. and how and where to buy them in and outside Africa. -Plus you learn technical tips on how to sew these fabrics, and the book is full of pictures of clothing that incorporates them. The book has staying power. It even includes patterns in the back.

5-0 out of 5 stars A unique and excellent introduction to African fabrics
African Fabrics provides crafts people with fourteen original projects which use African fabrics to create tunics, place mats, pillows, shawls and other items. Discussions of mudcloth, fancy prints, Kuba cloth and Kente cloth, among others, provide a unique and excellent introduction to African fabrics as a whole, making this more than just a crafts guide. A wide audience will find it important for both its historical overview of African fabrics and its artistic/crafts attractions.

5-0 out of 5 stars At Last, No More Quality ControI Issues With Ethnic Fabrics!
Asante Sane - Danke Schon - Merci Beaucoup - Muchos Gracias: A world of THANKS for a book that meets the inspirational needs of the contemporary multiculturalist who loves stylish fashion wear, unique interior design and simple creative construction.The beautiful illustrations were quite fascinating and they served as great enhancement to the book's well written information and neat instruction. From the front cover to the back cover and all of the pages in between, author Ronke Luke-Boone takes the reader on an exciting journey that is richly infused with lessons in history, geography, fabric preservation, nifty sewing techniques, super shopping resources and much, much more.Most valuable for me is the instruction she provides for working with the popular mud cloth, Kubba cloth and Kente.Unfortunately, these hand crafted textiles defy the sewing logic that is normally associated with that of the symmetrically printed machine woven fabrics.One must be taught how to reinforce these ethnic textiles correctly and how to lay the patterns properly to prevent the completed garment from taking on a life of its own while it is being worn. Ms. Luke-Boone provided a corrective experience for me in this regard.Previously, I had not had the desired success in working with these fabrics, so I had set them aside.Reading through the book several times was the much needed source of motivation that guided me to complete two Kubba cloth pillows and a beautiful mosaic swing coat, pieced with mud cloth, denim, Korhogo, calvary twill and tea-dyed linen burlap,just as she instructed. At last, no more quality control issues with these fabrics. I recommend this publication to any one from any culture who has basic sewing skills and a great flair for exotic styling. ... Read more

4. Design Without Limits: Designing and Sewing for Special Needs
by Renee Weiss Chase, M. Dolores Quinn
Paperback: 112 Pages (2002-11-01)
list price: US$26.00 -- used & new: US$23.40
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Asin: 1563673096
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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"Design Without Limits" addresses the design and production of fashionable and functional clothing for physically disabled men and women. It focuses on persons using wheelchairs, crutches and prostheses and on persons with limited mobility. Chase and Quinn attempt to educate the general public about individuals whose fashion needs have long been overlooked by the design community, and even by the individuals themselves. They help the reader understand that people with disabilities can look and feel great, and that style is available to everyone. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars very disapointed
This book was way over priced for the everyday information that was in it. If a person knows how to sew at all and is around any handicapped persons at all you already know mostof the information contained in this book.
I was very disapointed ... Read more

5. The language of fashion;: Dictionary and digest of fabric, sewing and dress,
by Mary Brooks Picken
 Hardcover: 175 Pages (1939)

Asin: B00085LNQ2
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6. Creating Fashion Accessories (Singer Sewing Reference Library)
by Cy DeCosse
 Paperback: 128 Pages (1993)
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Asin: B000JWG5T4
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Singer - Sewing Reference Library Series. Paperback profusely illustrated. 128 pages in Brand New condition. Will carefully double wrap and ship within 24 hours. ... Read more

7. Textiles and Clothing
by Kate Heintz Watson
Paperback: 90 Pages (2010-03-07)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$18.87
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Asin: 1153762730
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Textile fabrics; Textile industry; Sewing; Dressmaking; Art / Design / Textile ... Read more

8. Sewing fashion fabrics (Current information series / University of Idaho, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station)
by Bernetta Kahabka
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1974)

Asin: B0006W3APE
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9. Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide
by Claire Shaeffer
Paperback: 528 Pages (2008-12-31)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$17.00
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Asin: 089689536X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Eliminates the need to search through multiple sewing guides for answers.

Thoroughly updated, with the addition of 225 color photos and a fabric and fiber dictionary.

Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide is your one-stop sewing resource, with answers to the most common sewing questions and details about the latest advancements in sewing. This new full-color edition contains everything you need to know, and will surely be a reference you will review again and again. In addition to an extensive glossary with answers to the most common sewing questions, this must-have guide includes easy-to-read charts for needle sizes and thread and stabilizer types. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Novice sewer
For a novice sewer, this book is a definate must.This book has helped me identify fabrics, what to use them for and how to care for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars great reference
This is a great reference for the serious sewer. It is very detailed to each fabric type.From understanding the hand of the fabric your looking for to how to sew the seams, hems, buttons, zippers..etc. This book also a dresses the hard to find fabrics, and puts all fabrics into the exact family classifcation.It also has a very important chapter about sewing with knits, strecth fabric, working with feathers and leather.I would recomand this book to anyone who really wants to know the in and out of working with all types of fabric.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice but Too Much Redundancy
My only wish is that this book were organized such that the same chucks of information won't be repeated several times here and there. This has more information than "More Fabric Savvy", but "More Fabric Savvy" looks better organized.

5-0 out of 5 stars Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Guide
I was hoping to order an earlier and shorter version of this, which I had borrowed from my library..but this book has everything you need to know to tackle any kind of fabric for machine sewing.In addition, there is a section which gives techniques and specific stitches which you won't find anywhere else.
Highly recommended for the serious seamstress (or tailor).

5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic tome
The first thing the struck me about this book is how big it is. It's bout the size of three regular books stacked together and it's heavy! Inside is a veritable encyclopedia of fabric... 525 pages of densely packed information. Despite it's size this isn't a "coffee table" picture book. It's serious stuff.

Claire Shaeffer starts her book with the words: "I know I am obsessed..." and proceeds to prove her point. Bless her, this is an amazing effort! It's well-organized and consistent. Color-marked sections are easily seen from the side of the closed book and there is a comprehensive index. For example, in the Fabric Types section, each general category is introduced with a general description, a bullet box of Fabric Characteristics, and a Sewing Checklist. Then she continues on to Garment planning and Sewing Notes. Under Sewing Notes she breaks out Layout, Cutting and Marking, Stitching Tips, and Pressing. Sidebars with hints and color photos are interspersed throughout. Under the general categories and sub topics with even more detailed information and tips including garment care and so on. In a word, it's very comprehensive and incredibly useful!

I didn't find the clothes in the photos to be distractingly out of fashion. Most are classic styles that you still see. There are a couple that hark back to big hair and shoulder pads but generally speaking she did a remarkable job of picking timeless styles that age well and never really go "out." However, that isn't what this book is about. It's about how to deal with that hateful fabric you just had to buy and then couldn't figure out. It's about optimizing your investment in time and money so that your handcrafted garments are the best they can be. ... Read more

10. Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620
by Janet Arnold
Paperback: 128 Pages (1985-05)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$26.36
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Asin: 0896760839
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Resource Material
A definitive source of material of garments from 1560-1620, a must have for the serious costumer of that time period

5-0 out of 5 stars great for Ren Faire clothing ideas
The book is great for dress/clothing ideas and some pattern ideas and tips for our Renaissance Fair wardrobe.I will be making a cape and over dress.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for costume design!
A must have book for the detail of costume design for the elizabethan period.Detail includes trim, construction and design of actual clothing of the period.Has men's, women's and children's clothing.Fantastic!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is great for any historical costumer.It gave me so many ideas for different costumes! Plus it has great small scale patterns.

5-0 out of 5 stars PATTERNS OF FASHION 160-1620

11. Patterns
by Claire Shaeffer
Paperback: 10 Pages (2000-10-21)
list price: US$11.60 -- used & new: US$11.60
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Asin: 0130270741
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12. Patterns of Fashion 1: 1660-1860
by Janet Arnold
Paperback: 76 Pages (1977-06)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$26.24
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Asin: 089676026X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted!
"Patterns of Fashion 1..." is exactly what I expected it to be.I love the details in the drawings.I find it much easier to research historical fashions with line drawings than with the paintings, etc. that you see in museums and on web sites.I will have this book in my collection for a long, long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars patterns of fashion 1 1660-1860
recieved the book fast and in excellant conditionwill use it for years to come

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful and resourceful
I have a fascination for period clothing and construction with this being one of my favorites. It provides all sorts of info and patterns on the garments for the periods provided. I have built a couple items using her patterns as guides to create my own. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners because it is a little more challenging unless you have some patterning background.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
For the theatrical costumer, I think this is one of the all-time essentials.Not only are pattern sketches included for fashions of the major periods, so are construction details and some good drawings of garment details.However, be warned--this is not for the novice pattern drafter/seamstress.Not interested in making a replica of these fabulous fashions?Just enjoy the drawings and descriptions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
Janet Arnold is the preemminent clothing historian of our day. As with all of her books she has provided a concise reference to the garments of the period in question, listing the fabrics, colors and cuts that are appropriate for the given garments. Also typical of Arnold books is the scale patterns for the given garments in the back of each text, so, with an understanding of pattern drafting one can easily reproduce the garments from the book as well as size the garment for a particular wearer. As with many of Ms. Arnold books she draws examples from extant examples taken from trunks and in some cases the casket. Another exceptional book by Janet Arnold for the clothing historian or the obsessive compulsive costumer. ... Read more

13. Hot Textiles: Inspiration and Techniques with Heat Tools
by Kim Thittichai
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2008-02-05)
list price: US$27.95 -- used & new: US$16.23
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Asin: 0713490403
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Textile artists will find this unique guide—which follows up on the bestselling Fusing Fabrics—a superbly practical and inspirational introduction to a truly “hot” topic! With detailed instructions, beautiful photography, and health and safety advice, it explains how such equipment as soldering irons, heat guns, and even household irons can add stunning levels of texture and variety to all types of fabrics. The range of techniques covered is amazing: hot and cold foiling, painted and plain Bondaweb (fusible webbing), bead making from synthetics, three-dimensional work, embossing powders, and so much more. There are even ideas for melting and distorting plastic bags and cellophane, and for using a combination of tools and fabrics to create various layers on a single piece.
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5-0 out of 5 stars informative
I found this book to be informative. I am always looking for new ideas. This book has new ideas and I already had most of the tools at home already, so there is little layout of money for extra supplies. I really enjoy the ideas on how to use those pesky plastic sacks.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Ideas
After just paging through the hard covered book it appears that there are lots of new ideas to play with. I'm looking forward to trying many of the suggested techniques.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Useful How Tos of Fabric Manipulation
I have recently become a fan of heat treating textiles for unusual effects and this book provides lots of inspiration, step by step, easy to follow directions and ideas about unusual textiles and tools.Highly recommended for the textile art novice or enthusiast wanting to expand their repertoire.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot Textiles is packed with inspiration and techniques!!
I am really enjoying all the ideas and great instructions for techniques packed into this book.I feel I really got my moneys worth with this purchase and will browse through it over and over.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
This is one of the few books I have bought that I read cover to cover.I can't wait to get started on everything!

There are not step by step directions but there are good descriptions of what to do to achieve each effect.It might not be the book for a beginner.The pictures are wonderful. ... Read more

14. HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE DRESSFORM of Your EXACT Body Shape & Size! (sewing sew dress form Kindle download e-book ebook vintage)
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-06-29)
list price: US$2.99
Asin: B002FGUXP4
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Another intage pattern download for your Kindle!

Very interesting concept!A homemade dressform that is the exact same shape and size as your own body!Make one for yourself, your children, anyone you make clothing for!

Easily make your own clothing on a dress form that is identical in shape & contour to your own body!These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a home-made dress form - specially fitted to your own figure!

The tutorial you receive will explain everything you need to know in order to make your own home-made, "you-sized" dress form.You will learn of the materials required to make the form and & you will receive carefully worked-out, step-by-step instructions to make it.Excerpt: "You are now going to learn something that has never been taught in any dressmaking course before. You are going to learn how to fit your own figure, without any outside aid whatever, without a dress form or a model lining.a little work and time—and you have before you a duplicate of your own figure with every little line and curve just exactly where it ought to be!This new way of fitting the figure, makes iteasy for everyone in the family to have a perfectly-proportioned form of their own."

These instructions are from 1926 but [I think] they are still relevant to our modern day.The main material used in making the homemade dress form is gummed paper.However, I would think you could use pre-pasted wallpaper and have the same results.It is quite common to find old or scrap wallpaper at thrift stores and garage sales (I've often found it in the "free box").I have not tried this wallpaper technique, so I can't say for sure if it would work, but my guess is that it would. ... Read more

15. Fleece for Kids: Easy-To-Sew Clothes & Toys
by Mary Vollertsen
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-09-17)
list price: US$22.99 -- used & new: US$1.06
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Asin: 0873499514
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Fleece is hot and no one looks more adorable in funky fleece patterns and bright colors than children. Fleece for Kids covers 30 unique projects for incorporating fleece into children's wardrobes and toy chests.

Sewers learn how to work with fleece, in addition to other embellishment techniques such as smocking, paint and glitter to create colorful clothing and toys for kids age 7 and under. More than 150 color photographs illustrate completed projects including pullovers and jackets, matching hats and mittens, stuffed toys, and bee and rooster puppets. This book offers novices and seasoned sewers a complete approach to creating their own fleece favorites.

-Contains full-size project patterns for quick reference

-Features 30 innovative ideas to give sewers a variety of adorable options

-Detailed toy making instructions perfect for any skill level ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars product reveiw
I ahven't been able to use this yet.I can see my grand-daughter will love theses clothes when I get them made.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not what I expected.
This is great if you're looking for how-to on technique and general info on working with fleece, but not if you want help making fleece clothing.From the description & the images it seemed like it would give you the patterns to make kids clothing, but it doesn't.The directions just reference "use a basic pattern", so you have to go out and find one the right size & style (which isn't always easy) and then use this book to make it "fancier". If you want to make fleece kid's clothes, just buy patterns, not this book.Better for crafters interested in making softies or looking for embellishment ideas. ... Read more

16. Draping for Fashion Design
by Hilde Jaffe, Nurie Relis
Paperback: 272 Pages (2004-01-22)
list price: US$94.20 -- used & new: US$85.88
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Asin: 0131109375
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Draping for Fashion Design is THE basic instructional volume for draping in numerous fashion design programs since its original publication. This book covers all of the fundamental material for beginning and advanced study in an intensive fashion design program and prepares readers for the industry. Based on current industry methods, it reflects the dramatic changes of computer integration into the basic design and pattern development process and demonstrates simplified methods wherever they are employed in the industry.The authors provides clear guidelines regarding basic preparation and patterns, bodices, skirts, pants, the midriff and yokes, collars, sleeves, the shift, the princess dress, sportswear and casual wear, tailored garments, functional finishes, pockets, and draping in fabric and fitting. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book although
The book is great although when I was searching for it I was looking for a used book cheaper book. They were all listed as brand new and when I received mine, it had notes written in it!! Great easy book for draping with easy explanations just wished I got a used book price since it was really used!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Book review
The book came before the actual day that it was delivered, but I was disappointed in the book itself not the seller. That is why I rated it three stars and not five.

4-0 out of 5 stars Draping for Fashion Design
Very Helpful! Helped me take my designing to another level...I moved from drafting to draping.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple and straightforward
Simple and straightforward approach to draping.Good supplemental tool and handy resource book for students of pattern making and design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Draping Text Book
I took a draping class and my professor made us buy this book as our text book. It covers everything you need to know in Draping. The illustrations are a bit dull but the information is solid. Amazon was way cheaper than the book store ... Read more

17. 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns
by Kristina Seleshanko
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-11-09)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.24
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Asin: 0486461769
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Assembled from vintage issues of Peterson's Magazine, a popular 19th-century "ladies" periodical, these patterns include dresses, pants, jackets, and other apparel for women and children. Historians, collectors of antiques, and costume designers will appreciate this original collection, which features suggestions for re-creating the garments with modern tools and techniques.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pattern Book
I agree, this book takes an experienced seamstress, but the samples and explanations of the gowns can get any type of seamstress through.If not, then the seamstress needs to learn how to sew.Even though the book has "patterns from the era", the patterns are no where near what we have as patterns today.If you want a Simplicity (which describes the type of pattern it is) then do not purchase this book.If you are looking for a book to offer suggestions, give great examples that are period correct, then this is the book to buy.Yes, the patterns back in the Civil War period were produced in a way that a seamstress has to use some math to get it to the correct size needed and therefore are not like our patterns today where you take it out of the envelope and lay it on your material and cut.
Excellent book and great to study.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginning seamstress
The patterns in 60 Civil-War Era Fashions are all drawn from Peterson's Magazine, one of the ladies' magazines most familiar to Civil War re-enactors and costumers. The pattern dates range from 1860 to 1869. The patterns have been enlarged somewhat to fit the book pages, and the book says they have been redrawn, but otherwise they are just like the ones in the original magazines. Patterns in 1860s ladies' magazines tend to be only roughly scaled (that is, they are not drawn to true scale and cannot simply be enlarged without re-drafting). These patterns are no exception. Each pattern includes a brief description of the garment, but no sewing instructions. No period supplementary information (such as dressmaking instructions or fashion columns) was added to make up for the lack of it. However, a highly experienced pattern-drafter and seamstress, who has no access to original issues of Peterson's, will be able to make use of this book. ... Read more

18. Exploring Textile Arts
by The Editors of Creative Publishing international
Paperback: 224 Pages (2002-05-01)
list price: US$27.99 -- used & new: US$8.99
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Asin: 1589230485
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate guide to manipulating, coloring and embellishing fabrics. Experimentation with various fabric manipulation methods is one of the hottest trends pursued by creative sewers and textile artists alike. Purchased fabric is merely an open canvas, waiting for an inspired hand to alter its character and define its purpose. In this book, you'll find nearly 50 fabulous techniques for creating one-of-a-kind designer fabrics using your imagination as the guide.

Step-by-step photography leads the fabric artist through the various processes used to create decorative fabrics suitable for quilting, wearable art garments, home decor, or simply to be admired.

Exploring Textile Arts was created by 30 of the nation's leading designers who provided artwork for inspiration and professional tips for success. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive - if you could only choose one book on the subject, choose this one
This is a great, comprehensive book on the subject of textile arts.I have several books on the subject and this one definetely covers the widest range of techiques, including wet felting, pin weaving, dyeing, embroidery, applique, etc.Instructions and color photos are clear and easy to follow.The galleries in this book scared me a little but only because the works shown are very "artsy" and rather outdated.The galleries have nothing to do with the instructions, though, which are excellent.

3-0 out of 5 stars Less than Expected
While this book is great for people with absolutly no textile experiance, it was too basic for me. The pictures may spark your creativity but the techniques are simplistic and can be found by searching free on the net. Unless you are a beginer don't bother.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
Be warned:This book is an amalgamation of 'Colour and Design on Fabric' and 'Fabric Artistry' from the Singer Design series.I didn't discover this until it arrived here in New Zealand by which time it was too late and it wasn't worth the postage to send it all the way back to the US for a refund.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful creative inspiration!
I'm always looking for books to inspire me to creative something unique whether it is utilizing sewing or painting techniques. This book does both and more. I love the galleries provided in each chapter! Few books have inspired me to make notes of my ideas while I am reading, but this one did. On my first "run thru", I noted 8 different ideas and outfits to make. Now I've got to go get started! Great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource with Many TechniquesA MUST read
I found this book to be a great resource and it has great color images and specific easy to follow instructions that can be used by both intermediate or beginner alike.Great gallery shots of award winning designers.I am an aspiring couture artist and have found that most books don't cover or illustrate high fashion techniques or projects and this one is the answer to my prayers!!!A must read ... Read more

19. Fitting & Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach
by Elizabeth L. Liechty, Della N. Pottberg, Judith A. Rasband
Paperback: 344 Pages (1992-06-10)
list price: US$74.00 -- used & new: US$50.00
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Asin: 0870057758
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is the answer for professionals and students who want beautifully fitted and comfortable clothing. The multi-method approach is logical and easy-to-follow. Each alteration procedure is accompanied by identification of the figure variation for the hips, legs, upper-torso, mid-torso or arms causing the fitting problem. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Garment Fitting Book
I bought this book used through Amazon so I did not pay full price. The book is excellent and worth the full price. There is a ton of good and usable information. I have been sewing for years and I learned a lot of new information in this book. If you are seriously interested in garment fitting, this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fitting & Pattern Alteration
This book has been used as a textbook. It goes into perhaps more detail about fashion than some home sewers are looking for. I appreciate the ability to see the necessary pattern alteration for just about ANY body irregularity. Example - the book shows the pattern alteration for prominent shoulder blades. It really has pretty much every possible fitting problem. I recommend taking this book out of the library first. If your library doesn't have it, they can probably get it through an Inter-Library Loan. You may not really need to own this book unless you are sewing for quite a few people. You might just want to copy a page or 2. It is a great book for sewers learning fitting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fitting & Pattern Alteration:A Multi-Method Approach
Fitting & Pattern Alteration:A Multi-Method Approach...This guide provides hundreds of clear illustrations with concise descriptions of fitting issues and easy-to-follow directions to resolve them using severalmethods.The authors cover virtually every fitting aspect of the humanbody, including the special problems presented by those of us who may havephysical problems that translate into badly fitting garments, from neck toankle.

Anyone frustrated with the results of their own apparel projectsneeds this guide on their sewing room bookshelf. ... Read more

20. Carr and Latham's Technology of Clothing Manufacture
Paperback: 344 Pages (2008-06-23)
list price: US$74.99 -- used & new: US$57.94
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Asin: 1405161981
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The processes of modern clothing manufacture are explained here, alongside the equipment used. Latest developments are described as well as established methods. Manual, mechanised and automated processes are explained and their comparative advantages for certain purposes are considered as well as the applications of computer control and robotics.

The Fourth Edition has been updated throughout to reflect advances in technology and a new chapter is now devoted to colour management and colour technology (including a colour section for the first time). There is a new chapter on trouble-shooting in the sewing room, giving practical solutions to common problems. Other significant additions are alternative methods of joining materials (ultrasonics, RF welding and moulding) and new developments in the traditional areas of garment and machinery technology.

Students in clothing and fashion as well as garment technologists in the clothing industry will find this an invaluable resource in their increasingly complex role.

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