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First, sewing is a fun skill to learn. Allowing yourself to design clothes that fit your body or others perfectly. I always felt inspired by movies and others on TV that designed their own styles and doing it with such ease. However, that isn't all sewing is about. It's also about fashion, even if you aren't the one who sewed it!
So I really wanted to get an idea on what it takes to upgrade traditional sewing techniques to be a bit more fashionable. What I found is that it's not much, but a big part of it is the fabric.
Thanks to the book, Fashion Sewing For Everyone by Adele P. Margolis I am now learning that the skills I've been taught through other books and online courses, is that what I've been doing is pretty much similar to what it takes to create fashion clothes. The difference is that I really had no idea that a single change, an additional effect or possibly a simple design with different fabrics can be fashion.
There really isn't much more skills needed to turn one dress into a more updated fashionable dress. Basically, this book help me get an idea on fashion with the additional darts for fit and some for style, the fabrics which there are many types, the piece of clothing I'm trying to create, the addition of zippers and pockets, working on perfect hems, and so much more that this would be the only book you would need to sew fashion. It's just a perfect guide that answers every little question I had about fashion sewing, leaving me not so clueless anymore!
The first few pages really made my eyes grow large with many surprises. I never thought about taking a simple design and taking either a different piece of fabric with detail or texture and using that pattern to get an even more attractive and fashionable look, no matter how simple it may appear. I guess that must really work, I can see it with the crocheted dresses I create for dolls and they always look even more amazing with colors of yarns that are mixed than just one color. Another piece of information that I really was smiling to learn more about is topstitching and understitching. Well, understitching is something I've never known much about, however, I got details on both and how they can be an additional decoration as well as keep the fabric in its perfect shape.
Additionally, there are many other informative details on fashion sewing, or should I say sewing as it's quite the same, just using a bit more of a designers eye when it comes to the creation part of it. So, really if fashion is something we all want in life, well this book brings it into perspective! Allowing anyone from all ages who want to design and sew up their own styles, do it with additional features, extra darts, a change of fabric choice, adjustments and even the bonus zippers and pockets! Plus, all the extra help on how to add or create each additional piece and the illustrated images to help guide one along. This is truly an amazing book!
Adele P. Margolis was a nationally acclaimed sewing expert. She attended the Anne Burrows School of Design and received her art training at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Barnes Foundation. Mrs. Margolis was a dressmaker, tailor, and patternmaker, and taught all of these skills at her own shop and at adult education centers. She is the author of The Dressmaking Book, How to Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter, How to Design Your Own Dress Patterns, The Encyclopedia of Sewing, The Complete Book of Tailoring, and Fashion Sewing for Everyone.
- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: Echo Point Books and Media; Reprint ed. edition (August 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635610907
- ISBN-13: 978-1635610901
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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