Synopses & Reviews
The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? Wrong. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer opened the door to this exclusive realm in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, Couture Sewing Techniques, has been revised and updated throughout — with new photos and a chapter on specialty fabrics. No one can unravel couture garment construction the way Schaeffer can, from the art of hand sewing to mastering edge finishes, from classic closures to shaping a garment for a perfect fit. Readers learn all the basics — and more importantly: how to apply the techniques — on skirts and sleeves, pockets and jackets, evening gowns, and more. Gorgeous photos, clear illustrations, and concise language combine to make this the most complete couture-sewing course available.
With clarity and a profound respect for technique and application, Claire Shaeffer brings one into an haute-couture atelier, where the realm of possibility has no boundaries. She imparts the secrets of hand-work that allow a garment to become weightless, a wisp of dimension for the wearer. She pays homage to the gods of the craft and bows to the church of haute couture. --Ralph Rucci, designer
As every Vogue Patterns reader knows, Claire Shaeffer can unravel couture garment construction better than anyone, and her revised and updated version of Couture Sewing Techniques is the authoritative guide to haute couture techniques In it, Shaeffer demystifies designer garments and gives you the confidence to try the techniques and practiced in the ateliers of the haute couture. A must-have for all serious sewers. –Vogue Patterns
The author of "The Fabric Sewing Guide" presents ideas for adding the elegance, detail, and polish of haute couture to home sewing. Detailed instructions and illustrations make high style a snap. 92 color photos. 39 b&w photos. Charts.
Fashionistas, rejoice! At last, the techniques of couture sewing are demystified. This DVD is a well-organized and easy-to-understand visual workshop and will appeal to both home sewers and professionals anyone who appreciates fine workmanship and takes pleasure in creating beautiful clothing. See an expert at work as Claire Shaeffer illustrates the basic techniques that take sewing to the next level from hand sewing and machine stitching to marking methods, pressing, and hemming. This best-selling author and teacher shares insider tips and secrets, walking viewers through the process of creating high-end couture garments, as well as home accessories. This unique DVD, the first in the COUTURE TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP series, is based on years of professional experience. Just like a precisely tailored garment, sewers wont find anything like it anywhere else.
Sewers who have ever longed to create clothing with the distinctive look of haute couture will love this book. They'll learn the finer points of hand sewing, shaping, and finishing for a high-end, professional look. This book is for all sewing enthusiasts who appreciate fine workmanship.
A nationally known sewing expert introduces readers to the world of haute couture, sharing the craftmanship of the most skilled artisans in the world, including those in the workrooms of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Givenchy, and Baleciaga. Photos and illustrations.
About the Author
Claire Shaeffer is an internationally respected author, lecturer, college instructor and columnist. Her innovative sewing techniques and easy-to-read instructions have guided readers and students through many sewing facets of the garment industry. She wrote the celebrated Couture Sewing Techniques for Taunton Press and has authored and starred in a multitude of successful videos on couture sewing.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Basics of Couture Sewing
Inside the World of Haute Couture
The Art of Hand Sewing
Shaping the Garment
Part II: Applying Couture Techniques
Skirts and Pants
Blouses and Dresses
Jackets and Coats
Designs for Special Occasions
Couture Techniques for Specialty Fabrics
Selected Glossary of Terms
Metric Conversion Chart
Sources of Supply