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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? 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 The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right?
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 Shaeffer can, from the art of hand sewing to mastering edge finishes, from classic closures to shaping a garment for a perfect fit. Readers learn all the basics -- and more importantly: how to apply the techniques -- on skirts and sleeves, pockets and jackets, evening gowns, and more.
Gorgeous photos, clear illustrations, and concise language combine to make this the most complete couture-sewing course available. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Couture Sewing Techniques. Jun 19, Margie rated it really liked it Shelves: costume.
Unlike her book "High Fashion Sewing Secrets," this book does not offer detailed, step-by-step instructions for all of the techniques discussed. It does offer plenty of diagrams and photos, but the majority of the techniques are described in text. There's a lot to be learned from the text! This book is densely packed with information, and even home sewers will learn something from it.
It's important to note, though, that if you're looking for step-by-step instruction, or are looking for machine Unlike her book "High Fashion Sewing Secrets," this book does not offer detailed, step-by-step instructions for all of the techniques discussed.
It's important to note, though, that if you're looking for step-by-step instruction, or are looking for machine sewing techniques rather than couture hand sewing , "High Fashion Sewing Secrets" would be a better choice. Jul 25, Mrelia rated it it was amazing Shelves: crafty-goodness. I love to sew, but I am not a fashion person. In fact, I've never understood how anyone could drop thousands of dollars on a single garment.
But looking at the work that goes into a true couture garment has made me change my mind about that segment of the market, at least. I am in awe of the amount of work, the careful attention to the tiniest of details and the "invisible" elements of construction that elevate clothing to couture.
I've started revising my sewing habits and though I'm spending mor I love to sew, but I am not a fashion person. I've started revising my sewing habits and though I'm spending more time in construction, I'm already seeing tremendous improvements in my projects. Apr 10, Lisampinto rated it liked it. I wish the techniques were illustrated step by step, and in greater detail. Jan 02, Michele rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiber-arts.
I thought this book was a fascinating look into the techniques used in couture sewing. I later went to a seminar by Clair Shaeffer and she genuinely knows couture inside and out. Mar 17, Stoof rated it liked it Shelves: sewing.
Shaeffer packs this book with information. Many of the techniques aren't necessary but they are satisfying and do make a garment seem more finished and polished. This book has no step-by-step instructions and very few diagrams or helpful photographs. This is a great book to accompany a library of sewing techniques, but it should absolutely not be your only book. The value of Couture Sewing Techniques is in its finishes and unusual little extra steps such as sewing beads to a zipper , not in its Shaeffer packs this book with information.
The value of Couture Sewing Techniques is in its finishes and unusual little extra steps such as sewing beads to a zipper , not in its explanations of common sewing techniques such as kick pleats or facings my favourite book for this is Connie Amaden-Crawford's Guide to Fashion Sewing. I'd recommend this to intermediate to expert level sewers who have the time and the desire to learn some extra finishing techniques for women's wear.
So far it does seem to be completely revised. Making a good book even better. May 13, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: checked-out-from-library , read-in , sewing. View 1 comment. Dec 26, Yvonne Kullberg rated it it was amazing. Claire Shaeffer's comprehensive knowledge of the couture industry and techniques is exquisitely displayed in Couture Sewing Techniques. Learning about the socioeconomic history of the famous ateliers was an eye opening and lavish experience.
After reading this book, my skepticism for couture price tags and fashion shows has transformed into awed respect for the artists. My 'to learn' list for sewing techniques has also grown exponentially.
The layout of the revised edition makes skimming to topi Claire Shaeffer's comprehensive knowledge of the couture industry and techniques is exquisitely displayed in Couture Sewing Techniques. The layout of the revised edition makes skimming to topics of choice a breeze. I wish this book were spiral bound. It's difficult to keep the correct techniques displayed when in the middle of a project.
This book is a must have for any serious sewer looking to elevate their game. This is a detailed reference book densely packed with information, but I read it from cover to cover.
I also highlighted more passages than I did in college. I have been a sewist for 45 years, but recently made a concerted effort to up my game and learn more about couture.
Most techniques here are not difficult, just different and sometimes more time-consuming than traditional home-sewing methods. Except the tailored jacket chapter. Wow, that looks like a lot of work! If you sew, or if you're This is a detailed reference book densely packed with information, but I read it from cover to cover. If you sew, or if you're interested in fashion, you'll learn something from this book. I borrowed this from the library to see if I should buy it. The answer is: yes.
My skills are not quite where they need to be to make the most of the book, but it will make an excellent reference to have handy. Jul 17, Minka rated it it was amazing Shelves: diy-sewing. This book is so full of amazing techniques. I'll e definitely buying one of my own as this one was from library. Great reference for hand-sewing techniques and really helped me learn what makes a garment well constructed.
Nov 28, Kayla rated it it was amazing. Really 4. I wish it had more pictures! Feb 28, Gail Richmond rated it really liked it.
Finishing techniques Everything to make your project look professionally made. I received this reference book as a gift and it will be a book that will always be close to my heart.
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I later went back and actually read the first sections on couture history. It was fascinating. After the I have several couture instruction sewing books and DVDs and this particular book is one of my favorites. Claire Shaeffer is an acclaimed couture designer and recognized expert in the history of fashion. She gives twice-yearly workshops to select few, and has published many books on the topic of couture techniques including the first edition of Couture Sewing Techniques , which has sold more than 80, copies.