The Art of Couture Sewing

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-03-10
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books

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The Art of Couture Sewing is a practical guide to custom techniques in the construction of couture garments. Beginning with a brief history of haute couture, the book covers tools and supplies then discusses matching fabrics with the appropriate needle, thread, pressing, and construction techniques. The types of closures, hems and finishes used in couture as well as basic draping techniques are discussed. The text is filled with step-by-step techniques along with clear instructions and illustrations.

Nudelman covers many embellishment techniques, including beading, embroidering, and fine stitching with added sections on shisha, couching, eyelet overcasting and ribbon rosette stitches. Highly illustrated with photographs of couture designs as well as close-ups of finishes and details, The Art of Couture Sewing will inspire the design of high-quality garments using couture techniques.

New to this edition
~Expanded coverage of corset history, design, and construction
~New chapter on constructing large skirts including trains, hoop skirts, and petticoats
~Updated fashion photographs and new illustrations throughout the book

~End-of-chapter biographies discuss notable designers and their couture techniques, such as Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Vera Wang
~More than 1,300 color photos and illustrations

Author Biography

Zoya Nudelman is an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design Department at Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago, USA, where she teaches eveningwear and couture embellishment design specialties classes, draping, advanced draping, and more.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Couture
Chapter 2: The Art of Textiles
Chapter 3: Uses of Sewing Tools and Supplies
Chapter 4: The Skill of Hand and Machine Stitching
Chapter 5: The Skill of Couture Draping
Chapter 6: The Art of Skirts
Chapter 7: The Secret of the Corset
Chapter 8: The Skill of Fabric Manipulation
Chapter 9: The Skill of Garment Embellishment
Chapter 10: The Secret of Closures
Chapter 11: The Skill of Hems and Other Edge Finishes
Chapter 12: The Skill of Basic Tailoring

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