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High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers
Internationally known sewing expert Claire Schaeffer reveals the secrets of high-fashion legends such as Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Liz Claiborne, and Calvin Klein. Claire's illustrated, step-by-step instructions let you duplicate the design details made famous in expensive ready-to-wear. Plus, Claire's timesaving patternmaking and copying methods can be used to create one-of-a-kind, original garments.

Only a few simple tools and patternmaking skills are needed to copy your favorite garments.

"A surefire bible for any sewer who yearns to copy the high-priced couture garments seen at retail."--Victor Costa, Fashion Designer

"Serious sewing students have always looked to Claire Schaeffer's inside view of the industry as the link between ordinary home sewing and real professionalism. This book contains the information and techniques that we have been yearning for, asking for, and needing to evaluate the quality of our work."--Linda Lee, Owner of The Sewing Workshop, San Francisco, California

Internationally known sewing expert Claire Schaeffer reveals the secrets of high-fashion legends such as Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Liz Claiborne, and Calvin Klein. Claire's illustrated, step-by-step instructions let you duplicate the design details made famous in expensive ready-to-wear. Plus, Claire's timesaving patternmaking and copying methods can be used to create one-of-a-kind, original garments.

Only a few simple tools and patternmaking skills are needed to copy your favorite garments.

Claire Schaeffer has studied in the high-fashion workrooms of New York and Europe and is known for her easy-to-follow and innovative sewing techniques. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Couture Sewing Techniques and Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide.

Magic Stack-N-Whack Quilts
Have you always wanted to try your hand at making kaleidoscope, pinwheel, and star designs? Marvel at this simple method for rotary cutting these versatile blocks. The kaleidoscope effects occur spontaneously, thanks to the ingenious Stack-n-Whack techniques.

More than 200 how-to illustrations and dozens of color plates detail the process fully. In addition to covering fabric selection, the chapters provide step-by-step cutting and piecing directions for seven different blocks, and yardage and assembly directions for 14 projects ranging from small wall quilts to queen-sized bed quilts. A chapter on quilting includes designs and strategies to bring out all the beauty of these magical quilts.

Fabric Savvy : 
The Essential Advice for Every Sewer

For those of you who have managed in the past to find the right pattern and the perfect new fabric, only to give up in frustration when the fabric doesn't behave like anything you've used before, Fabric Savvy is here to help. Author Sandra Betzina, host of Home and Garden TV's Sew Perfect, has wrestled with just about every fabric out there, and she's lived to tell about it.

Perfectly suited to beginning and experienced sewers alike, this excellent guide devotes, in alphabetical order, two pages to each of 85 fabrics. For every material Betzina highlights a multitude of topics, including fabric facts (bulky/drape/breathable/how fabricated), suitability (types of projects), sewing tips, lay-out (and why it matters), interfacing, stitch length, seam finish, closures, and hemming. The categories are thorough, as is the scope of fabrics addressed: waterproof breathables, tencel, and lame, to name a few, along with 14 types of silk and 8 wools.

Color photographs accompany the descriptions of fabrics and projects, while helpful illustrations further explain the techniques used. Finally, Betzina offers a glossary of fabric terms and a thorough listing of contact information for fabric and alternative pattern companies, making Fabric Savvy a necessary resource for any sewing enthusiast.

Power Sewing : Step-By-Step
Sandra Betzina, a renowned expert in the field, believes the shift from button-sewing novice to "power sewer" can be achieved with a minimum of fuss. Her Power Sewing Step-by-Step, in a handy spiral binding, does just what the title implies, leading the reader through the successful assembly process for each of a series of garments. Starting with fabric selection, in each chapter Betzina addresses pattern fitting, construction, and finishing. She includes instructions for adding special garment details. For example, in the pants chapter she offers a variety of pockets, shows how to add a lining and choose one of four zipper options, and demonstrates a method of eliminating the waistband altogether.

Singer: The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing
(Singer (Sewing Reference Library))

Since 1984 CPi has sold over 12 million Singer Sewing Reference Library ( books-an average of 1 million per year. The newest addition to this impressive series, The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing, is an indispensible reference tool and the cornerstone of this successful library. The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing will take the guesswork out of garment construction and sewing projects for the home. This valuable sewing tool is packed with step-by-step photos and filled with essential sewing information every home sewer should have-sewing for the home, sewing for kids and valuable information on basic sewing essentials. This colorful, pictorial guide includes step-by-step instructions for sewing basics like making perfect seams, putting in zippers and cutting fabrics, as well as ideas for home decorating projects, like making curtains, tablecloths and pillow shams.

Highlights: Provides a complete sewing reference and acts as a cornerstone for the Singer Sewing Library. A thematically organized, at-a-glance guide. Practical, photographic resource with over 1000 clearly detailed photos. Uses generic terms applicable to any brand of sewing machine. Includes guidelines, charts, measurements, and cutting directions. Features a section on home decorating. Appeals to beginners and experts alike-ideal for anyone who sews.

Dream Sewing Spaces : Design &
 Organization for Spaces Large & Small

'I Do' Veils - So Can You! : A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Bridal Headpieces, Hats, and Veils With Professional Results
Anyone who's ever gone shopping for wedding clothing knows how startlingly pricey veils are. With even the simplest bridal headpieces taking a hefty bite of the wedding budget, it only makes sense to make it yourself if possible. Fortunately, with the help of "I Do" Veils and the wonderful (and inexpensive) lace, veiling, silk flowers and pearls that are widely available, it can be a fun project and not an arduous task. There are tips for selecting the right headpiece style for your face, figure and dress (whether it's a simple barrette with bow or an ornate tiara with cathedral-length veil) ; illustrations to help you decide how elaborate you want your hat, veil, comb or clip to be; and hundreds of embellishment techniques involving nothing more complicated than a hot glue gun. The directions are easy to follow, and for those who don't have a good bridal section in their local fabric and notions store, the list of wholesale and retail mail-order suppliers will be invaluable.

Patternmaking for Fashion Design

Caroline Wrey's Complete 
Curtain Making Course

101 Essential Tips: Basic Sewing
Like an introductory college course, the 101 Essential Tips series lays out all the essential concepts of a topic in direct, to-the-point advice and explanations. Every point is easy to master quickly. More than 250 full-color photos and illustrations illuminate the tips.

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