Cool Couture: Construction Secrets for Runway Style

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Creative Publishing International, Jan 4, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 176 pages
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Cool Couture is a home sewer’s guide to professional, designer-quality construction and finishing. Fashion designer Kenneth King provides step-by-step instruction in the basic, reliable techniques of classical couture.

He provides his own shortcuts, careful instruction, and advice to help home sewers of every level produce impeccable results. Each technique is presented with simple how-to drawings and detailed step-by-step instruction. Fashion-forward photographs of the designer’s own couture garments and tight shots of fabrics and construction and decorative detail show the finished effects. This book is an essential reference book of couture techniques for home sewers.

 

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Contents

MY BAG OF TRICKS
6
CHAPTER 1 CHOOSING FABRICS
8
CHAPTER 2 EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
18
CHAPTER 3 EDGE AND SEAM FINISHES
30
CHAPTER 4 PIPING
44
CHAPTER 5 POCKETS AND BUTTONHOLES
78
CHAPTER 6 THE TAILORED SHOULDER
110
CHAPTER 7 DESIGNER EMBELLISHMENTS
128
Glossary
170
About the Author
174
Index
175
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About the author (2011)

Haberdasher to the stars, Kenneth D. King has designed clothing, home furnishings, and accessories for Elton John, Jim Carrey, and others. He is professor of haute couture at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and sewing expert on the PBS series Sewing Today. He is also the author of Designer Bead Embroidery (CPi, 2006).

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