last book I bought on couture techniques. It's not a book for beginners or sewers looking for quick techniques. There are only three chapters in this book: Premium Fabrics, Getting the Right Fit and Couture Techniques, but a lot of information is covered. The sections on fit are quite extensive and cover topics like dolman and raglan sleeves. The book recommends making a muslin and using standard "slash and fold" pattern fitting. The couture techniques chapter never mentions fusible interfacing! Can you believe it? Interfacing sewn in by hand! (I guess real couturiers don't fuse.) And there is lots and lots of basting and thread tracing with illustrated instructions on several hand sewing stitches. And speaking of hand sewing stitches, the instructions for putting in a centered zipper involves very little machine sewing.
|These diagrams show twill tape, pad stitching interfacing and lining, yet they are not confusing.|
Amazon lists Peg Couch as the editor of this series although her name does not appear on the title page. She is described as "an amateur seamstress and book acquisition editor at Fox Chapel Publishing". At first, I was put off by the word "amateur". But the information is these book is far beyond "amateur". Both books remind me of the articles that used to appear in Threads Magazine back in the 1980s. Right now the techniques seam beyond my skills. But now I have the information to improve my skills. That is exactly what I was looking for.
* I don't know if Peter of Male Pattern Boldness reads my blog. I believe he could sew the suit he promised Michael if he had this book.