Teach Yourself VISUALLY Fashion Sewing

Author(s): Carole Ann Camp


Discover how your wardrobe (and your wallet) can reap what you sew. Even the easiest garment sewing patterns won't come together correctly if you don't have the skills to execute them. "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Fashion Sewing" is the go-to book for aspiring fashion sewers who learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instruction books. You'll get visual guidance on the specialized tools and skills you need to move beyond the basics to advance to garment sewing. Photo by photo and stitch by stitch, you'll learn how to make darts, pleats, and gathers; work with facings and underfacings; and, so much more. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review. Detailed color photos demonstrate each step. Helpful tips provide additional guidance. Packed with step-by-step instructions and fun, innovative projects, "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Fashion Sewing" gives you the tools you need to create fashionable new pieces and the skills to repair and repurpose old ones.


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Carole Ann Camp is the coauthor of Sew What! Skirts and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sewing Illustrated. She also served as the technical writer for the book Twinkle Sews by fashion designer Wenlan Chia.

CHAPTER 1 Tools and Materials. Basic Tools. Fabric. Thread. CHAPTER 2 Technique Review. Basic Machine Stitches. Useful Hand Stitches. Tacks. Edge Finishes. Straps, Ties, and Belts. Closures. Techniques for Shaping. Casings. Points, Corners, Curves, and Graded Seams. Embellishments. CHAPTER 3 Sewing from a Pattern. Find Patterns. Choose a Pattern. The Envelope. What's in the Envelope. Adjust the Length of Pattern Pieces. Put the Pattern on the Fabric. Mark and Cut Use Patternmaking Software. CHAPTER 4 Find the Right Fit. Use a Paper Pattern to Make Alterations. What Is Ease? Make a Mock-up Muslin. Check the Fit during Construction. Fitting Pants. CHAPTER 5 Hems and Hemlines. Prepare to Hem. Double-Fold Hems. Single-Fold Hems. Hemline Finishes. CHAPTER 6 Waistline Treatments. Waistbands. No Waistbands. Casings. Shirring. CHAPTER 7 Necklines, Armholes, and Straps. Necklines. Collars. Sleeves. Facings. Interfacing. Other Finishes for Necklines and Armholes. Straps. CHAPTER 8 Skirts. Skirt Lengths and Shapes. Design Your Own Skirt Patterns. Pull-On Skirt. Basic Straight Skirt. Basic A-Line Skirt. Basic Wraparound Skirt. Basic Tiered Skirt. CHAPTER 9 Pants. Pant Lengths, Shapes, and Styles. Elastic-Waist Pull-On Pants. Basic Fitted Pants. Design a Pair of Pants by Deconstruction. CHAPTER 10 Tops. An Overview of Top Styles. Shaping. Make a Boatneck Top. Sew a Summer Top. Make a Tank Top. CHAPTER 11 Dresses. Dress Styles. Dress Design Elements. A Simple Three-Rectangle Dress. A Sheath Dress. A Peasant Dress. CHAPTER 12 Recycle, Refurbish, and Repair. Make Over Your Denim. Update a T-Shirt. Change a Skirt. Fix a Hem. Resew a Seam. Mend Tears and Holes. Fix Pocket Problems. Replace Buttons. Reinforce Buttonholes. CHAPTER 12 Recycle, Refurbish, and Repair. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470542972
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • : April 2011
  • : 228mm X 205mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carole Ann Camp
  • : Paperback
  • : 646.2
  • : 304
  • : col. ill