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Sewing Techniques


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Chapter one: Planning Planning the project Essential equipment Lockstitch Machine accessories/ lockstitch needle Sewing threads Activity 1: Basic seams Troubleshooting Interview 1: Mada Van Gaans Chapter two: Preparation Design interpretation Crucial measurements Shaping Fabric types and selection Pressing and steaming Sample folio Activity 2: Needle control Activity 3: Curved seams Troubleshooting Interview 2: Ada Zanditon Chapter three: Closures Zips Buttons and buttonholes Hooks and eyes and press studs Sample portfolio - recording/reviewing the process Activity 4: Inserting a zip into a seam Troubleshooting Interview 3: Jonathan Jepson Chapter four: Professional finishing Behind the scenes Interview 3: Yvonne Lin Interview 4: Emma Hardstaff Interview 5: Funmilayo Deri Interview 6: Louise Bennetts Case study 1: Elie Saab Chapter five: Toile/muslin/prototype development Fit model/mannequin/form Form and silhouette Garment balance Making alterations Deconstruction and reconstruction Developing your own portfolio Texture Darts Sleeves Collars and cuffs Pockets Case study 2: Victoria Whittaker Interview 7: Lea Peckre Chapter six: Innovation within industry Introduction to technology Technology vs. traditional methodsFuture textiles Conclusion; Glossary of sewing terms; Online resources; Bibliography; Index;Acknowledgements and picture credits

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Simplifies the often complex processes required to turn a two-dimensional design into its three-dimensional realization by arming readers with the basic sewing skills they need

About the Author

Jennifer Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer in Design and Product Development at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and teaches both design and garment technology.


Easy to follow. Nice graphics, visual imagery and layout of pages. Another excellent offering from Basics Fashion Design range - Complimentary to fashion design use. * Jayne Littlehales, Staffordshire College, UK *

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