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Sew ... the garment-making book of knowledge : real-life lessons from a serial sewist / Barbara Emodi.
Publication Information:
Lafayette, CA : C & T Publishing, Inc., 2018.
Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
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646.2044 EMO Book Adult General Collection

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Droll, well-informed, readable, interesting, and useful-the how-to book of sewing wisdom you always wanted Get the inside scoop on sizing and alteration, patternless sewing, what to sew and what to buy, and many other topics, with mini lessons sprinkled throughout Tips and ideas on choosing and using the best fabric, gear, and sewing machines Book jacket.

Author Notes

Barbara Emodi sews, writes, and teaches in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has taught sewing classes in Australia, Canada, the United States, and online and has written extensively for a number of sewing magazines.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Why Sew?p. 12
What Sewing Can Do for Youp. 15
Your Path to Sewingp. 17
Chapter 2 What to Sewp. 20
How to Decidep. 23
An Authentic Approach to Making Clothesp. 29
Barbara's Tipsp. 31
Chapter 3 Finding the Right Patternp. 34
Clues to a Great Patternp. 37
How to Start If You're a Beginnerp. 45
When to Ignore the Pattern Directionsp. 48
Mini-Lesson: Eliminating a Bulky Front Shirt Bandp. 49
Pattern Changes for Sewing Knitsp. 50
Consider Going Patternlessp. 50
Patternless Idea: Hemless Knit Skirtp. 51
Patternless Idea: Vintage-Style Pleatp. 53
Patterless Idea: Lined Patch Pocketp. 55
Patterless Idea: Easy Zippered Pocketp. 56
Barbara's Tipsp. 58
Chapter 4 If It Fits, They Will Wear Itp. 60
The Truth About Most Pattern Sizingp. 63
What to Measure, How to Do It, and Whyp. 66
Personal Measurement Chartp. 76
Assessing the Third Dimension: Crotch Shapep. 78
Measuring Childrenp. 81
Barbara's Tipsp. 82
Chapter 5 Altering a Flat Pattern to Fitp. 84
Why Learn to Alter a Flat Pattern?p. 87
How to Know If a Pattern Needs Your Helpp. 88
The First Principles of Pattern Alterationp. 90
Different Ways of Altering a Patternp. 93
Approach 1: The Muslim Methodp. 93
Approach 2: The Simple Side-Seam Additions Methodp. 96
Approach 3: The Block Methodp. 98
Approach 4: The Slash-and-Spread Methodp. 101
Mini-Lesson: Making a Full Bust Alterationp. 103
Approach 5: The Pivot-and-Slide Methodp. 106
Approach 6: The Seam Methodp. 111
Barbara's Tipsp. 115
Chapter 6 Choosing and Cutting Fabricp. 116
Which Fabric Will Work for Your Garment?p. 119
The Backup Fabrics: Interfacing and Liningp. 131
Pretreating Fabricsp. 135
Onto the Table: Layout Tipsp. 137
Mini Lesson: Cutting Striped Fabric Single Layerp. 138
Mini Lesson: How to Match Print Motifsp. 139
Barbara's Tipsp. 141
Chapter 7 The Gear Side of Sewingp. 144
A Place to Sewp. 147
The Big Gear: Sewing Machines and Accessoriesp. 153
Mini Lesson: Making A Flat-Felled Seamp. 162
Mini Lesson: Installing An Invisible Zipperp. 164
Now What About a New Machine?p. 167
Do You Need a Serger/Overlocker?p. 171
Sewing Notionsp. 178
Mini Lesson: Prepare for Topstitching with Fusible Threadp. 179
Mini Lesson: Faux Binding with Wooly Nylon Threadp. 181
Barbara's Tipsp. 184
Chapter 8 Mapping Out Your Own Sewing Strategyp. 190
Rules You Shouldn't Breakp. 193
Mini-Lesson: Easy Thread Markingp. 198
Mini-Lesson: The Doubled Patch Pocketp. 204
Sometimes the Best Advice Is Your Ownp. 206
Mini-Lesson: DIY Crossover V-Necklinep. 210
Mini Lesson: Two DIY Elastic Waist Castingsp. 213
Mini Lesson: Two DIY Knit Necklinesp. 218
Barbara's Tipsp. 223
Chapter 9 Sewing for Joyp. 226
Useful Terms and Tipsp. 232
Resourcesp. 251
Sewing Classics
Garment Notes
About the Authorp. 255