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					 High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best
  Designers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish
Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, And More
            (Rodale Sewing Book) review




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   Product Description-High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the
 World's Best Designers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish
 Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, And More (Rodale
                         Sewing Book)
   Internationally known sewing expert Claire Schaeffer reveals the secrets of high-fashion legends such as Geoffrey Beene,
     Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Liz Claiborne, and Calvin Klein. Claire's illustrated, step-by-step
       instructions let you duplicate the design details made famous in expensive ready-to-wear. Plus, Claire's timesaving
    patternmaking and copying methods can be used to create one-of-a-kind, original garments.Only a few simple tools and
                                  patternmaking skills are needed to copy your favorite garments.

  If you want your notched collars to lie smoothly like Ellen Tracy's, your pants zippers to be as invisibly fused with the inseam
pocket as Giorgio Armani's, and your topstitched facings to have the impeccable look of Chanel, this is the book to have. Home
 sewers need and want exactly the kind of painstaking construction tips that Claire B. Shaeffer provides. She not only tells you
how to add designer details such as those mentioned above, but also how to copy any garment, alter a sleeve, change seams
  to darts or folds (or vice versa), and make a basic pattern. This is one of the best intermediate sewing guides on the market.



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Customer Reviews:
302 of 302 people found the following review helpful transformed me from a beginner to a confident sewer, August 11, 2002 By
A Customer
This review is from: High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers: Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish
Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems and More (Rodale Sewing Book) (Hardcover) I bought this book about 6 months
ago and read it from cover to cover. I was fascinated, but I didn't want to write a review until I had actually tried some of the
techniques.Well, I've done the piped pockets, the bias cvered seams, and I'm working on the flounce collar (which happens to
be fashionable again), and they look pretty good!!But worth all the money, are the pages on manipulating patterns. With
commercial patterns costing well over $10 today, this book enables you to play with what is already in your collection. Before
this, I was a slave to the pattern companies, but now, I know how to make what I want. I eliminated a waist seam on a jumper
for my daughter, and created an unusual skirt by combining two patterns.My confidence in my ability to construct a garment, and
have it look professional, has increased mani-fold.
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223 of 223 people found the following review helpful
Hidden bonus: pattermaking basics and garment copying, September 26, 2001 By A Customer
This review is from: High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers: Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish
Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems and More (Rodale Sewing Book) (Hardcover) The gimmick of the first two-thirds of
this book is that the author shows various designer ready-to-wear garments with an interesting construction method or detail,
and then she shows you, step-by-step and in detail, how to reproduce it. Where there is a trick or shortcut that reduces the time
to do something without lowering the quality she uses it, but on the other hand she includes many labor-intensive methods
where the quality would be improved by such methods. She covers facings, hem, pockets, trims, fasteners, and more. The book
is not so comprehensive in the number of things it covers that it could replace a reference-style book, but where it covers
something, it does so in detail (an you need to read closely sometimes). The illustrations are excellent--way above average for a
sewing book. The really interesting thing about this book is the last third on patternmaking basics. She covers the three basic
ways to copy a garment (measuring, tracing, and rub-off), and tells you how...



196 of 198 people found the following review helpful

the best sewing book around for intermediate ++ sewers, August 24, 1997 By carter@orci.com (Denver, CO)
This review is from: High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers: Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish
Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems and More (Rodale Sewing Book) (Hardcover) I have been sewing all of my life,
and have studied under some of the most qualified teachers, but this book goes further than any other in its context and
pictures. Claire shows some of the many techniques High Couture achieves its name. A must for any serious sewer, especially
one who wants a beautiful finish as well as fit in her/his garments. It is a very technical book, which might be a bit frustrating for
a beginner, but it will definitely inspire everyone. It has replaced my old Vogue sewing book of the early 60's. Bobbie Carr's book
is also excellent, but this one is much more inclusive in its techniques. I think it is a must. Sharon O. Carte

				
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