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The dressmaker's handbook
Bergh, René.
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Publication Information:
London : New Holland, 1998.
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"a complete guide to techniques and materials" -- front cover.
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TT515 .B47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This guide covers all the basic sewing techniques, taking the reader logically through preparation for sewing, choice of fabric, cutting out a pattern, different techniques used and finishing touches. It reveals the secrets of the fashion industry and provides tips from famous couturiers.

Author Notes

Rene Bergh is a highly skilled dress designer with a broad range of experience in the fashion industry. She spent many years travelling extensively around the world to increase her knowledge of the trade. More recently, she was the author of the very successful Make Your Own Patterns and the co-author of The Complete Book of Soft Furnishings. She is currently designing patterns for exclusive fashion houses, working from her seaside studio.

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Booklist Review

Why do professional seamsters assume, for example, that inserting zippers is an easily mastered skill? Or that with a few lessons, most of us can emulate the wizardry of a Donna Karan? Bergh breezes through all facets of sewing women's apparel, showing couture association and assuming no sewing-challenged reader exists. For sure, the instructions for each finish, part, and technique are immaculate, enhanced by simple narrative and plenty of hand-drawn illustrations. Most of the variations for, say, hems are well documented (albeit in British English). No actual patterns are included; nor is real-time construction of one item featured start to finish. But this makes for a good reference. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Preparationp. 8
Equipment requiredp. 10
Taking measurementsp. 12
Pattern selectionp. 15
Fabric choicep. 20
Cutting procedurep. 26
Techniquesp. 30
Stitchesp. 32
Seam finishesp. 36
Cornersp. 39
Trimmingp. 41
Pressingp. 42
Dartsp. 44
Tucksp. 47
Pleatsp. 49
Gatheringp. 53
Slits and ventsp. 58
Hemsp. 59
Placketsp. 69
Buttonholesp. 76
Zipsp. 84
Finishesp. 92
Necklinesp. 94
Yokesp. 112
Waistbandsp. 114
Sleevesp. 122
Pocketsp. 131
Constructionp. 138
Blousep. 140
Waistcoatp. 142
Unlined jacketp. 146
Lined jacketp. 148
Unlined skirtp. 152
Lined skirtp. 154
Trousersp. 156
Glossaryp. 158
Indexp. 159