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

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F+W Media, Inc., Oct 19, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies
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A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric, and a great finish: These are the five fundamentals for perfecting any sewing project. Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them. Powerful instruction: A former expert in user experience in the tech industry, Sarai Mitnick's Colette Patterns line has gained a great deal of respect for comprehensive, clear instruction. Comprehensive resource: The chapters cover sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, finishing techniques... In essence, each chapter focuses on what the entirety of another book might cover. Gorgeous package: Pitch-perfect combination of illustration, step-by-step photography and beautiful project shots, all with a clean, lovely design. *Disclaimer: eBook does not include Tissue Enclosures as enclosed with original book.
 

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Great pictures, slow and easy to understand steps. - Goodreads
some really cute dresses and easy instructions. - Goodreads
Good to own reference book! - Goodreads
It's full of good info and easy to read. - Goodreads
Great sewing reference. - Goodreads

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Contents

Chapter Two
13
INSPIRATION
14
EDITING FOR YOUR STYLE
20
STRATEGY
31
A PERSONALIZED CROQUIS
34
Chapter Three
38
PATTERN LANGUAGE
39
PREPARE YOUR FABRIC
44
NOTCHING TIP
14
EMBELLISHMENT IDEAS
14
Chapter Five
14
CHOOSING FABRIC
14
DRAPE AND BODY
14
FABRIC BASICS
14
WARP WEFT AND GRAIN
14
COMMON FABRICS
14

LAY OUT YOUR PATTERN
49
TRANSFER THE MARKINGS
59
CUT YOUR FABRIC
65
Project
70
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS
72
INSTRUCTIONS
3
GRADING SEAMS
13
Chapter Four
13
WHAT IS A GOOD FIT?
13
EASE
13
DARTS AND FULLNESS
14
HOW TO FIT
22
DRESS FORMS
25
MEASURE
26
TRACE
31
MAKE A MUSLIN
34
WEARABLE MUSLINS
36
ALTER THE PATTERN
45
COMMON ALTERATIONS
46
OTHER SLASH ALTERATIONS
56
NO WAIST SEAM?
65
OTHER PIVOT ALTERATIONS
1
OTHER FULLNESS ALTERATIONS
9
Project
11
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS
14
INSTRUCTIONS
1
QUILTING COTTONS
14
INTERFACING
14
THREAD
14
NEEDLES
14
PRINTS AND PATTERN
14
TRICKY FABRICS
14
SLIPPERY FABRICS
14
Project
14
INSTRUCTIONS
14
Chapter Six
18
SEAM FINISHES
18
LINING
18
Project
18
INSTRUCTIONS
18
Chapter Seven
18
RECOMMENDED READING
18
Project
18
INSTRUCTIONS
18
GLOSSARY
21
INDEX
27
SIZE CHART
115
DEDICATION
116
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
117
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
121
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Sarai Mitnick is the owner of Colette Patterns. A lover of vintage styles and beautiful detail, Sarai founded Colette Patterns when she discovered a lack of modern sewing patterns for design-oriented sewers, and it has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since. She has written for Design Sponge, Modern Seamster magazine, The Storque (Etsy's blog), and DIY City Mag. Sarai Mitnick lives in Portland, OR.

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