Instructs sewers with basic-level skills on how to alter and update favorite wardrobe articles and handbags with new fabrics and details, revealing the secrets of the "rub-off" technique used by fashion industry professionals to create patterns from existing garments. Original. A first book.
"With just a little know-how and the right accessories, you can get the most out of your sewing machine and give all your sewing and quilting projects a professional look! In Sewing Machine Magic, author and sewing expert Steffani Lincecum shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence, and explains how to easily find and use the right presser feet and other accessories for your machine, whether you purchased it at retail or found it at a yard sale. You'll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formation for every project, and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other accessories, from the basics to more specialized tools designed to maximize efficiency, precision, and creativity. The 10 fashion and home decor projects show inventive ways to use some of the feet and accessories"--
There are many men who just don't fit into ready-to-wear garments and the patterns that are available don't fit much better. Broad shoulders, long arms, long torso, or a "belly" that hangs over the belt buckle can cause major problems with many ready to wear shirts or pull-overs. Buttons don't close, shirts won't stay tucked in, long sleeves end up a couple of inches too short - all of these make fitting a nightmare! Do you or your guy have a chest measuring anywhere from 46" to 60" or a waist measuring between 40" and 54"? We have the answer for you! "Pattern Making For Big And Tall Men" can be the answer to fitting problems for large size men. The Oriental method of pattern making used in this book gives illustrated step by step instructions on taking his measurements, then using those measurements to make patterns that will fit him perfectly. The clothing will have no choice but to fit because you've used HIS measurements for every pattern, not a "standard" set of measurements that garment manufacturer's and pattern companies use. You can make dress shirts, sport shirts, pull-over shirts, vests and pants all with a perfect fit using "Pattern Making For Big And Tall Men" as your guide.
""Reference for sewers with step-by-step instructions for fitting test garments on the body, then transferring adjustments to paper patterns before cutting out and sewing the final garment"--Provided by publisher"--
Do you enjoy sewing your own shirts and blouses, but struggle with getting the right fit? In Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit, author, teacher, and renowned shirt-sewing expert David Page Coffin shows how you can easily transform the printed, multi-sized patterns included with the book (as well as patterns and favorite shirts you already have) into three different customized basic shirt silhouettes—loose, fitted, and tight—for both men and women. With detailed explanations of essential techniques; clear, step-by-step photos; and the basic patterns for sizes from XXXS to XXXL included in a pocket behind the front cover, learn to work with any body shape to achieve unique, personalized, and well-fitted basic shirt patterns for yourself or anyone else. First, learn about unique fitting options for shirts and the basics of draping fabrics to be wrinkle-free. With these techniques, you will discover how to get a great fit with almost no measuring for any and all body types, including plus-size and athletic figures. Using his couture-inspired draping methods on both standard and custom-shaped body forms (with great tips on how to make your own), David then demonstrates how to adjust shoulder and side seams, necklines, sleeves, and armholes, and add darts or new seams to achieve the fit you want for each silhouette. Once you've covered the basic concepts and techniques, put your knowledge into practice with the four distinctive, original step-by-step shirt design and construction projects that show a variety of classic shirt, shirt-jacket, and shirtdress stylesyou can make and perfectly fit with the included patterns. Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit will give you the skills you need to get the right fit every time!
If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing. Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes, former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can’t find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you’ve reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for. In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier. But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.
Publisher: Golden Ideas Publishing House, Incorporated
The author, Chic Francisco, being a Communication Arts graduate and having had a made-to-order dress shop for 9 years and a fashion school for 20 years, made sure that her books are easy to follow, understand and remember. The lessons in this book offer a step-by-step guide to pattern-making of various styles of ladies' pants. Having had extensive exposure through her pattern-makers, Chic was able to develop as simpler and more organized flat pattern-making method. Chic also has free and "for subscription" video lessons in her website to complement the book reader's pattern-drafting, sewing and finishing abilities. Chic has also incorporated in her pattern-making lessons the "trade secrets" enabling the user of the book the ability to create various styles of pants with a perfect fit or a near-perfect fit from scratch (no sloper is necessary) for any figure size!