The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress

Sarai Mitnick

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1440215456

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas, The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams.

Includes five beautiful patterns for modern classic pieces, including a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals into practice as you sew.

  • Approachable and easy to follow. Instead of a big, confusing catalog of sewing techniques, you'll build your knowledge gradually around the five simple fundamentals. A section of basic sewing lessons means you'll never feel lost.
  • Hands-on learning. Start improving your skills immediately by applying each of the five principles of the book to a beautiful project, included in the book.
  • Feed your creativity. Have more fun designing sewing projects for your personal style, and create the things you'll actually love to wear!
  • Feel more confident. Gain the know-how to work with any sewing pattern out there.
  • Look great in what you make. Become your own custom seamstress and hand-tailor clothes that fit you the way you want.
  • Get inspired by fabric. Expand your creative palette and get the look you want by choosing the best fabrics for your projects.
  • Perfect the details. Make clothes you can be proud of with beautiful finishing techniques.

Colette Patterns is known for timeless design and exceptionally clear instruction. This book from designer Sarai Mitnick guides you gradually and painlessly to becoming a better seamstress. Get inspired, feel confident, and make beautiful clothing you'll be proud to wear!

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We want them to be in the styles we like, in the colors and fabrics that excite us, and crafted just for our bodies. We dream of having a closet full of clothes that express our creativity and also make us look great. And we care enough about it to invest time in learning the variety of skills it takes to assemble cloth and thread into the garments we dream of. A big part of this dream is having clothing that works with our bodies. The problem is that a pattern that comes straight off the shelf

parallel to the selvage a long the warp threads. You usually lay your pattern pieces along the lengthwise grain. The crosswise grain runs across the fabric, from selvage to selvage, along the warp threads. When you cut or tear your fabric off the bolt, you do so along the crosswise grain. Last, you have the bias grain, which is diagonal. The true bias runs at 45 degrees to the other grains. Woven fabrics stretch along the bias, so that cutting your pattern pieces along the bias allows you to

garment drape better over the body, skimming gently over curves and bulges. They hide the inside of seams, so that finishing raw edges isn’t necessary. They can also make garments more comfortable, and help the garment to wrinkle less. The lining is usually attached the facing. If I am adding a lining to a pattern that doesn’t have one, I like to cut the lining from the garment pattern pieces, then stitch the facing right over the lining to create a single unit. This method is quick, doesn’t

vintage inspiration, and plenty of tutorials and free projects to try. Stop by to say hi in our forum! The Sew Weekly: www.sewweekly.com Founded by Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly challenges everyone involved to sew a new garment every week. With a thriving and supportive community, this is one of the most inspiring sewing blogs out there. Pattern Review: sewing.patternreview.com This large community website includes sewers at all levels of expertise. As the name suggests, there are countless

Placing an iron on fabric and applying pressure, without using the back-and-forth movement used in ironing. Presser foot: The detachable portion of your sewing machine that the fabric moves under as it is sewn. Many types of presser feet exist for different uses and effects. Right side/wrong side: The right side of a fabric is the side that will show on a finished garment. The wrong side will be on the inside. Seam: The place where two pieces are joined together and stitched. Seam

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