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Fine embellishment techniques : classic details for today's clothing
Conlon, Jane.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

Physical Description:
170 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT750 .C63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Celebrating all that is elegant and classic about vintage clothing, this book shows how to embellish new garments to make them look as though they were crafted in a more glamorous era. Readers will learn they don't have to be experts to add embellishment techniques from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s to their wardrobes. They'll discover the possibilities of adding threadwork, beading, trims, piping, and more to garments. These projects are elegant and sophisticated and especially appealing to those who like glamour but not glitz.
-- Features five categories of embellishment techniques.
-- Includes detailed instructions and 70 color photographs.
-- Offers design inspiration of all kinds -- from casual to evening wear.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Sounding in part like a recipe collection, Conlon's workbook is, in essence, very similar to a cookbook--with its odd-seeming names, directions galore, great accompanying photographs, and an entirely different way of looking at a solution. She takes the best work from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, from beading to bindings and pipings, and translates the techniques into accomplishable contemporary adornments. Each chapter includes an abbreviated overview of the specific art, then plunges into materials and equipment as well as all the different methods. Featured, too, are sidebars listing materials, along with strong photographs and illustrations of the how-tos of categories like bead types, multiple-strand braiding, even design tips. No projects are described, but there are enough instructions to bolster almost anyone's confidence. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Like knitters, today's sewers welcome ideas for embellishments to push their sewn garments beyond the boundaries of the ready-to-wear. The topic has yet to be covered fully in sewing booksÄuntil now. Conlon, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, divides embellishment techniques into five major types: beading, threadwork, trims, applique, and bindings/pipings. Separate chapters devoted to each of these techniques include information on choosing appropriate tools and materials, step-by-step directions, and ideas for using the embellishment in a garment. Instructions are crystal clear, and the whole is beautifully organized and illustrated. Highly recommended for sewing collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.