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The Dressmaking Techniques Bible
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Calling all dressmakers! This is a fully updated version of the best selling The Dressmaker's Technique Bible, complete with an all-new fabric guide to choosing the right fabric for the right garment. Dressmaking is having a renaissance, driven by hugely successful programmes such as the Great British Sewing Bee and Project Runway. This dressmaking handbook offers all the guidance you need to create beautiful clothes, whether you are following a pattern, adding embellishments or starting from scratch. This is a fully updated, new edition of best selling book, The Dressmaker's Technique Bible, which has sold thousands of copies due to its in depth instruction and comprehensive content. It includes step by step instructions for a wide range of dressmaking techniques from basic patterns through to couture designs making it suitable for beginners as well as more experienced sewers. Easy-to-follow, highly illustrated instructions explain the essential dressmaking techniques - allowing you to work confidently from a pattern to create beautiful clothes that fit perfectly. It features an at-a-glance guide to basic garment shapes and styles, cross referenced with the relevant techniques throughout the book. Suitable for beginners, or those who are already designing or making their own clothes, this is the perfect reference book for anyone interested in dressmaking and sewing.
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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

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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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