Synopses & Reviews
Cool Couture is a home sewer’s guide to professional, designer-quality construction and finishing. Fashion designer Kenneth King provides step-by-step instruction in the basic, reliable techniques of classical couture.
He provides his own shortcuts, careful instruction, and advice to help home sewers of every level produce impeccable results. Each technique is presented with simple how-to drawings and detailed step-by-step instruction. Fashion-forward photographs of the designer’s own couture garments and tight shots of fabrics and construction and decorative detail show the finished effects. This book is an essential reference book of couture techniques for home sewers.
llustrated Guide to Sewing: Couture Techniques guides readers through the characteristics that separate basic sewing from couture such as a custom fit, meticulous handwork, and quality construction. Starting with an overview on important topics such as working with fine fabrics, custom fitting garments, and hand stitching, readers will go on to learn how to create one-of-a-kind fashions that have shape, strength, and beauty with close-up chapters on creating couture collars, necklines, sleeves, and more.
About the Author
Peg Couch is an amateur seamstress and book acquisition editor at Fox Chapel Publishing. She served as the style editor for Tree Craft. Fox Chapel Publishing crafts information for a hands-on world. With over 350 backlist titles, two magazines and over 35 new books each year - Fox Chapel specializes in educating and inspiring crafters working in a variety of mediums including sewing, woodworking and others.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Premium Fabrics
*Handling fine fabrics
*Selecting and caring for fine fabrics
*Working with bold patterns: stripes, plaids, flowers
*Laying out and matching bold designs
Chapter 2: Fitting
*Matching pattern to figure measurements
*Matching pattern to muslin (in-depth)
Chapter 3: Couture Techniques
*Basic stitches of couturier
*Linings - visible and invisible
*Pickets - discreet flat welting
*Hemlines - flared or reinforced
*Waistlines - inset, contour, seamed
*Seams - welt, corner, etc.
*Fasteners - concealed or revealed