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There are times that when you want to begin learning something new, maybe by taking a class or new course, possibly learning on your own can be difficult. This is even true for sewing, especially for the first time. I know from experience since I've been teaching myself, which can be one of the hardest things to do. This is also true if one has no idea where to begin. That is why I've been reading many books and getting guidance from online sites to help improve what I don't know much of or even if I know only a tiny bit. In addition, I'm still building upon the skills I already have and I'm always trying to improve. Cause it is, just like they say, practice makes perfect!
Therefore, I've been searching for wonderful books to help anyone who is starting out and needs a great guide to get them started, and wanted to share with you this terrific book that isn't hard to understand, great for beginners and will take the unskilled reader from not knowing how to do something, right into creating clothing, a bag, and even building ones portfolio for future jobs as soon as they accomplish reading the entire book. Now this book I'm talking about is called Sewing Techniques for Theatre by Tracey Lyons.
Right off the bat, I can tell you that the book does mention on the front cover, the first fifteen hours. You may first start off with questioning this, but honestly, after you begin reading the book, it all becomes clear. This is because it's basically a book that guides you through hours of how to do something. All of these end up being a total of 15 hours. This includes following the directions by each photo or text steps and the quizzes at the end each hour for you to review.
I also like to point out, what is covered in this book. I know it might say for theatre techniques, which is good for owning a shop and creating things that are used as costumes or other needs. However, this book really brings a great start for those beginning out. It makes you learn the setup of the machines, tools, the common fabrics, setting up a sewing needle for sewing by hand, using a machine, creating things from start to finish, stitching hems, and so much more! All I could tell you is that this is a pretty cool book!
When I opened it up, I felt automatically well informed and introduced to sewing, even though I know a bit already. It honestly takes out the guesswork and allows one to easily work their way, step by step right into the world of sewing from novice to professional in no time. I know it's not gonna cover all types of projects, but it will cover a few basic ones that really help build skills for those other projects that you'd like to tackle. Sometimes, it's the basic creations that really help make a beginner understanding what else they can do with the skills they've been taught.
So, with that said, I can inform you that this book can really come in handy, when you need to recall how to create something specific, such as darts or maybe it just how to use a tool and sewing machine. It's definitely nothing like any other book. Plus, don't let the title fool you into thinking it covers only costumes. Instead, it covers skills that you need as a beginner sewer and so on!
Also, with this guided book, it's designed as a textbook that will make one student or beginner into a great sewer, in only a few hours! Honestly, if you do read through and follow the book, you'd probably be able to sew anything after the 15 hours of reading and practicing. Imagine that, quick and easy directions taught to a beginner and you can be an expert fast!
Finally, I am one who enjoyed this book and can't find a negative thought about it. Unless it's that I wish it had more projects to create, but that really isn't anything towards the book cause I can now make more and do more with what this book has taught me, Therefore, this book has left me some wonderful improving skills and taught me a little bit more then I've known about sewing before. Now everything I want to sew can become a piece of cake!
Tracey Lyons is an Instructor and Costume Designer at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Her professional scope includes design in classical and contemporary theatre, dance, opera, and musicals. She coauthored Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process-Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting (Routledge 2016). She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from Wayne State University and a B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University.
- May 16, 2019
- Reference - 156 Pages - 163 B/W Illustrations
- ISBN 9781138596467 - CAT# K387443
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