Wednesday, September 19, 2012

On my wish list: new books about couture sewing

Ninety-one new books on sewing, readers!!! NINETY-ONE! It's not just a sewing revival, but a revolution! And what gems did I find among those ninety-one books.

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.

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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.  
 

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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!
The trade secrets of couture tailoring are revealed—an invaluable guide for professionals and enthusiasts. Traditional tailoring has not changed for many centuries, however, the techniques are now known only by a few practicing in the best couture ateliers and bespoke tailor's workrooms. Nothing feels quite so luxurious as custom-made clothes, but the tailoring skills they require are often thought to be shrouded in mystery, and the clothes therefore only accessible to the rich and famous. 
This practical book brings vintage couture tailoring within everyone's reach. With step-by-step photographs and professional tips throughout, it shows how a lady's jacket is made and thereby introduces a range of fundamental tailoring techniques. These can be used for garments for either gender, as well as other sewing projects. The book discusses molding fabric to shape with the iron, employing loose interfacings, hollow shoulder construction, pad stitching canvas, interlining and weighting hems, making tailored and bound buttonholes, and more forgotten techniques.            
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 :)

22 comments:

  1. WOW! Thanks for this!! I'm always hungry for new sewing books, especially ones with more advanced knowledge! I'll be putting these on my wish list!! :D

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  2. Thanks! I have been looking at sewing books to find some good references to add to my collection and I love your reviews. I am so in to some of the great finishing techniques I am learning from reading sewing blogs and taking craftsy classes. Now I feel like I need good reference books to go back to. I am adding these to my wish list too!

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  3. Those look great. I've added them to my amazon wishlist.

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  4. Thanks for the review. I see 2 that I would like to own!

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  5. Thanks for sharing!!! I see them in y library.

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  6. Fitting for every figure? I think I may have to pick that up! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Awesome! I am going to have to pre-order some of these... Can't wait for the Shaeffer Tailoring book to come out next year!

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  8. Thanks for posting about these books! I want the book by Claire Shaeffer, too! (But isn't sewing book shopping a little bit like fabric shopping? I have lots of sewing books already and still craving for more ;))

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  9. Thanks for the Heads Up:) Just placed my order for Claire's new book, have been looking forward to this one.

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  10. I'm Sold. And heading there right now to pre-order!!

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  11. Thanks for posting about these wonderful books! At the moment I cannot justify this purchase as I've just received two brand new sewing books and I am still waiting for Madeleine Vionnet by Betty Kirke and Issey Miyake. The books you've recommended are on my Wish List now!

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  12. Stop enabling my sewing book addiction!!! These look wonderful. Can't wait for your reviews.

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  13. I want them all! Oh dear, I really shouldn't buy any more sewing books... But these looks so interesting! What I really would love though is a sewing book aimed at mens wear. I have Coffin's "Making trousers for men and women", but frankly for me it seems that he just says "Why not use techniques traditionally used for womens trousers and use them on men's as well?" and that's not what I wanted. So I'm a little bit hesitant about the "for both genders" in Vintage Couture Tailoring above. Does it really cover both tailoring for men and tailoring for women, or does it, like Coffin, just apply women's tailoring techniques on men's wear? I'm looking forward to hearing what you'll have to say about it when you get the book!
    I anyway still want them all =)

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  14. And there's me thinking "no more books!". Am really looking forward to your reviews whilst I pot my pennies...
    Thank you!

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  15. This is great. New sewing books. Thankyou for posting this.

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  16. Oh my lord! I can't believe it Marina, but you have made me want even MORE sewing books. And I already have such an amazing collection! But it is rather like patterns - the hope and promise of something new and delicious. I am so happy that sewing is making such a great comeback - thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Boy Oh Boy now I know what to put on my Christmas list! These are awesome books--can't wait to see them.

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  18. clarksuk.net is a safe site ,free shipping now

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  19. Couture Book - The publication date has been pushed to February 10th now - at least according to Amazon.com. So happy I will get it next week.

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