What are the building blocks of a great wardrobe? For men - the shirt, and pants. For women - the blouse, skirt, dress, and pants. The Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Garment Construction will teach the home seamstress how to make them all, as well as learn how to design and sew garments that flatter their figure and reflect their personal style. From learning how to take proper measurements and make a muslin, to fitting and making common adjustments, the basic order of construction for each garment, such as fitting the bodice before attaching sleeves, is covered. Detailed chapters on elements—sleeves, collars, waistbands, hems, and more—provide valuable insight on how each piece is created and joined to the whole.
MUST-HAVE if you are going to sew clothing! This book is VITAL to your library if you are going to sew clothing! This book teaches you from the 'ground up' of sewing garments. There are not many types of books like this out there like this one to rely upon, except perhaps textbooks from schools of design, and then you are in the hundreds of dollars for one book. This book is your A, B, C and more of learning how to sew a garment. I only know this because when I was a teenager, (and when I was younger, my mother taught sewing at a local school, and they always started out with muslin!) I made almost ALL of my own clothing. There was nothing MORE frustrating than ending up with a finished piece of clothing that did not fit. UGH.
When you are in the fabric store looking at a pattern, you are looking at the back of it at the measurements. You think to yourself, if I buy this size pattern, there is NO WAY this garment is going to fit! I know it! Well, take a step backwards, and start working with this book, first. It is going to teach you about taking correct measurements so that a pattern WILL fit! It is going to teach you what size pattern you need to purchase, and will also teach you how to alter that pattern as well. Alter a pattern, you ask? Yes! This is how the designers do it! ALL designers start with a pattern. Did you know that? Generally there are done in the muslin first. This is the proper way of sewing a garment. If you just stick with this book and make ONE garment with it, such as a pair of pants, (these are what NEVER seem to fit when making them for ourselves, or so is my opinion!) you will see that this book is going to prove you wrong, and you WILL have a perfect fitted pair of pants from a pattern, once and for all! You will never again want to buy an 'off the rack' pair of pants again! I promise you!
Not many people understand 'why' a pattern does not fit them after they are done sewing it and have used priceless fabric for doing so. This is one of the most frustrating things about sewing there is. This book takes ALL of that frustration out, as long as you are willing to go step-by-step with these directions. Yes, they have you make a garment out of muslin, first! What? You ask. Yes! Like I said above, even designers make garments out of muslin FIRST before making the finished piece! Yes, that is so true! Sometimes on the television show 'Project Runway', you may hear one of the contestants make a statement that their muslin outfit did or didn't work, or that they learned this garment will or will not work with the choice of fabric they have chosen to make the garment they want because of the muslin dummy they made first.
This is where THIS BOOK COMES IN! This book has you make your shirt, pant, skirt, or whatever you are going to make IN MUSLIN FIRST. It teaches you the BASICS of sewing garments. Without having the basics, you are lost and frustrated with all those garments you have made that just don't fit! With this book, this will no longer happen! This is why I say this book is VITAL to have! Why not do a little extra work, and have a MASTER pattern? This IS worth the investment. A little extra work goes a LONG way!
This book then takes you further and teaches you how to put the garment together, step by step. NO! Not the sleeves, but the bodice next. NO! Not the skirt, but now do the sleeves!
So make that garment in muslin first, then go on and make it in the fabric you LOVE! You will be SO happy with the outcome of your hard work! I guarantee it! Just to be able to have this type of book is a HUGE plus! We are very lucky this author has written this book for us so we can make those good fitting garments. Get your copy today! You will NOT be sorry, but OH, SO happy!