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A Guide to Fashion Sewing


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Preface Acknowledgements 1. The Sewing Machine and Sewing Equipment 2. Identifying Fashion Fabrics Equipment 3. Body Types and Size Charts 4. Planning a Design and Selecting Fabric 5. Method to This Madness 6. Stitches 7. Seams 8. Darts 9. Pleats and Tucks 10. Bias and Bias Treatments 11. Sewing with Knits 12. Zippers 13. Pockets 14. Sleeves 15. Collars 16. Necklines 17. Facings 18. Linings 19. Tailoring 20. Waistlines 21. Hems 22. Closures Glossary of Sewing Terms Appendix A: Project Checklists Appendix B: Pattern Blocks Appendix C: Yardage Conversion Table Appendix D: Fabric Resources Index Video Contents: Lesson One: The Sewing Machine and Sewing Equipment Lesson Two: Seams Lesson Three: Darts Lesson Four: Bias and Bias Treatment Lesson Five: Zippers Lesson Six: Planning a Design and Selecting Fabric Lesson Seven: Garment Sewing Process

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A best-selling text for beginner sewers, this book features step-by-step instructions and illustrations that take the reader start to finish through over 100 sewing applications.

About the Author

Connie Amaden-Crawford is President and CEO of Fashion Patterns by Coni, a member of the Sewing Hall of Fame, and a licensed designer for The McCall Pattern Company under the Butterick label. She is author of The Art of Fashion Draping, 4th Edition (Fairchild Books, 2012).


The illustrations are fantastic and descriptions relatively straight-forward. -- Kristy A. Janigo, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, US Generally an easy book to understand for first year fashion sewing students. Straight-forward illustrations and instructions. -- Zigwai Remy Odukomaiya, The Art Institute of Dallas, US A Guide to Fashion Sewing is very effective in terms of the technical elements to any fashion course. It gives clear step-by-step guidance and a comprehensive and clear explanation to the process or technique. -- Georgina Hooper, Chichester College, UK There are several things about this book I like including the illustrations and the overall progression through apparel construction. -- Stephanie Bailey, Texas Christian University The illustrations are fantastic and descriptions relatively straight-forward. -- Kristy A. Janigo, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, US

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