Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques

Gertie's New  Book   for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques

Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blog s: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for read ers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia–esque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts a

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Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated

Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated

The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? Wrong. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer opened the door to this exclusive realm in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, Couture Sewing Techniques, has been revised and updated throughout — with new photos and a chapter on specialty fabrics. No one can unravel couture garment construction the way Schaeffer can, from the art of hand s

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  • Marina Von Koenig "mvk" says:
    147 of 148 people found the following review helpful
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    Ten reasons why you should own the revised version of Couture Sewing Techniques, April 30, 2011
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    Marina Von Koenig “mvk” (New York, NY ) –
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    1. Better layout:
    The layout is so much better! Text is set in different colors to differentiate the content, tips, pull-out boxes, blurbs. This dramatically improves the book navigation!

    2. More Content:
    over thirty more pages of content added as a result of the author’s recent research.

    3. More images:
    Claire added more images to illustrate instructions, and they are invaluable!

    4. Improved instructions:
    Clearly marked step-by-step instructions for all processes of couture construction. If you own the previous edition, you know how the instructions were presented in run-on paragraphs making it difficult to use the book as a quick reference.

    5. More how-to illustrations:

    6. Claire’s Hints:Excellent short tips, mostly absent in the previous edition.

    7. contemporary couture techniques from the worksrooms of Ralph Rucci and James Galanos

    8. techniques by Mainbocher and Charles Frederick Worth: Shaeffer says in her acknowledgements that she worked on a research project that focused on Mainbocher and Worth. She seems to have added some of the new techniques as a result of this research

    9. New chapter “Designing with Fabric”: Shaeffer introduced this chapter to demonstrate “a variety of design ideas and specific techniques to inspire you to use fabrics more creatively”. A master of observation, Claire describes techniques used in haute couture garments by Antonio Canovas del Castilo, Hubert de Givenchy, Chanel, Worth, Hanae Mori, I. Magnin, Balenciaga, Victor Edelstein, These techniques are not necessarily obvious, but so easy to learn and to apply in your own garments. She focuses mostly on lace and stripes, but also covers other tricky fabrics which require special techniques to enable undisturbed design.

    LACE
    Seaming Lace to Lace: Lapped Seam, Buttressed Seam, Ribbon Seam
    Seaming Lace to Fabric: Lace-on-fabrique Appliqué Seam, Applied Appliqué
    Finishing Edges: Neckline Edges, Hems
    Designing with Allover Lace Patterns:

    STRIPES
    Rearranging Stripes
    Shrinking and Stretching
    Pleats and Tucks
    Cutting and Seaming

    DESIGNING WITH OTHER FABRICS
    Wrong Sides and Selvedges: for fabrics with attractive wrong side and selvedge
    Designing with Prints and Patterns: Matching Fabric Patterns
    Designing with Appliqué
    Sheer Fabrics

    10. Affordable price!
    Amazon’s $15 for this most unique resource is a steal! I got my copy yesterday!

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  • J. R. R. says:
    62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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    She’s the Master, June 2, 2011
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    I teach all levels of sewing at a comm. college and would recomend this book to my intermediate and higher skilled students. When you are ready to pay more attention and time to details, this book is for you.

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  • Alexandra B. Castle says:
    56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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    Individually sewn not homemade, May 2, 2011
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    This is a wonderful book designed to give the small relatively easy to do tips for what differentiates couture and fine finished ready to wear from home made clothing. Read through once for the history and then for ideas. I’ll never pick up a pattern again without looking at the design and thinking about how it can be fit perfectly and finished perfectly. Not so much as difficult as time consumming

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