She did it again! I am so glad there is now a book on tailoring by Claire Shaeffer. I have almost all her couture patterns, and I usually reference them for techniques, but it is so much easier to have it all in a book.
So, Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques, a 128-page publication with a DVD edition, will be released in February 2013. Of course, I am pre-ordering it now - just look at the description:
If you want your notched collars to lie smoothly, like Ellen Tracy's, or your buttonholes finished to custom-tailored perfection, or your interfaced hems to have the impeccable look of Chanel, this is the book to have.
Tailoring presents sewing methods used in the European ateliers of Paris, Rome, and London. Via the DVD, Shaeffer will instruct readers in essential techniques such as making a bound buttonhole, converting darts to ease, creating a patch pocket, interfacing a hem, hand-stitching a fly zipper, and fitting sleeves. Where there is a trick or shortcut for a sewing method (without lowering the quality) Shaeffer demonstrates it, along with a host of more complicated tailoring techniques that improve the quality, looks, and lifespan of garments.
My second pick, Vintage Couture Tailoring by Thomas von Nordheim, which has been released this month, may look more like a self-published book, but if you check it out more carefully you will notice that it is written by a London-based expert in the field of tailoring and an experienced couture instructor. For several years Thomas von Nordheim worked at the last surviving great London couture house, Lachasse. When the house closed, Thomas established his own successful business offering tailoring to private clients. More information about the author is available on his website. Honestly, I would do anything just to have a little glimpse at couture tailoring techniques at Lachasse. The book is ordered and a review is pending, readers!
And, finally, this publication by Threads, Fitting for Every Figure. I have never been disappointed by any Threads book, really. And I am pre-ordering this one too. With the planned release on October 16, 2012, I won't have to wait too long for it to arrive.
Fitting is the most in-demand topic for sewers. Whether you are a home seamstress or a professional designer, knowing how to create garments that fit every figure is essential. With Threads Fitting for Every Figure, the toughest fitting challenges are solved. This comprehensive sewing reference from the editors of Threads covers the basics of pattern fitting and includes easy-to-follow sewing techniques that are the hallmark of Threads magazine, a household name in garment sewing. With material appropriate for all skill levels, this book also offers solutions to intermediate-level fitting quandaries and advanced couture-level fitting techniques. Featuring 200 color photos and 100 illustrations, these pages cover everything from assessing your figure and working with patterns to fitting the bodice, fitting for pants and skirts, as well as specialty techniques. With more women learning to sew their own clothing and accessories, Threads Fitting for Every Figure is bound to be an instant classic.I am off to rearrange my sewing books. I need more room for these goodies, so, stay tuned to some book giveaways in the near future :)