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The Dressmaking Techniques Bible


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Introduction 1. Getting Started: Essential tools * Sewing patterns 2. Stitch Directory: Hand stitches * Machine stitches 3. Textile Directory: Choosing fabric * Cutting, sewing and caring for fabrics 4. Fabric Manipulation: Seams * Seam finishes * Darts * Tucks * Pleats * Elastic * Gathering * Zips * Bias cut * Internal fabrics 5. Techniques: Waistbands * Hems * Sleeves * Cuffs * Necklines * Collars * Fastenings * Pockets * Linings 6. Embellishment Ideas: Topstitching * Decorative machine stitching * Hand embroidery * Applique * Beads and beading * Adding lace and ribbon * Quilting * Drawn threads * Piping * Couching * Fringing * Smocking * Felting with an embellisher machine * Wing-needle effects * Overlocked edges - rolled, picot and lettuce * Overlocked flatlocking Glossary Resources Index

About the Author

Lorna Knight specialized in textiles at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. After working as a designer's assistant, she spent ten years teaching Design and Technology in middle schools in the UK before setting up a business designing and making lingerie and running workshops teaching a wide range of sewing skills. She continues to run workshops which involve passing on hints and tips from both the couture and high street fashion worlds, enabling her students to create their own garments and projects. Lorna also writes regularly for Sewing World magazines and has contributed to many sewing books and other fashion sewing publications.

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