This title includes gorgeous photos, clear illustrations & concise language make this the most complete couture-sewing course available. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer has opened the door to the exclusive realm of haute couture in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, "Couture Sewing Techniques", has been revised and updated 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 sewing to mastering edge finishes, from classic closures to shaping a garment for a perfect fit. Sewers of all skill levels with an interest in fashion sewing will learn the basics for skirts and sleeves, pockets and jackets, evening gowns and more, as well as, most importantly, how to apply the techniques.
With clarity and a profound respect for technique and application, Claire Shaeffer brings one into an haute-couture atelier, where the realm of possibility has no boundaries.Â She imparts the secrets of hand-work that allow a garment to become weightless, a wisp of dimension for the wearer.Â Â She pays homage to the gods of the craft and bows to the church of haute couture. --Ralph Rucci, designer