COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES BY CLAIRE B.SCHAEFFER PDF

Polyester Vs. Silk Dresses silk and gold image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia. Today, you can make a silk dress to wear all year. Silk is an easy fabric to sew and wear. Sew silk chiffon, muslin, crepe, charmeuse and gauze for softly draping designs.

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Polyester Vs. Silk Dresses silk and gold image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia. Today, you can make a silk dress to wear all year. Silk is an easy fabric to sew and wear. Sew silk chiffon, muslin, crepe, charmeuse and gauze for softly draping designs.

Back lightweight silk with shantung, organza and taffeta to add substance. Use heavier weight and nubby silks for tailored or structured styles. Achieve great results by learning how to sew with silk. Cut silk with well-sharpened scissors.

Use a fresh rotary cutter blade each time you cut a new garment. Sharpen scissors and fabric shears regularly to avoid ruining beautiful silk at the cutout stage. Never cut more than a single layer of silk at one time. Align the fabric grain to your pattern and the cutting table. Place a stiff paper on your cutting table to stabilize very fine silk. Roll out the paper onto your cutting table, then position the silk fabric on top. Butcher or clean packing paper works well for this task.

Pin silk with care. Fine silks show pin holes later. Pin the fabric toward the inner edge of the seam allowance. Take care when using chalk to mark fabric. Stitch with polyester thread rather than silk thread. When sewing very fine silk, silk thread may be too heavy. Match your sewing thread to the weight of the silk. Similarly, use a small needle when sewing thin silks. Use the very smallest needle possible: an 8 in the United States or a 60 in European sizes.

Schmetz Universal needles for silk or Microtex needles are suited to sewing silk. Steam seams with an iron to flatten them. Press each seam on both sides before opening the seam. The heat of your iron meshes the fabric threads and your stitching to product a beautiful couture-worthy result. Always use a soft piece of silk as a press cloth to avoid scorching delicate silk with an iron. Pressing silk requires medium to high heat, but using a press cloth safeguards your dress in progress.

Make bust darts at front side seams, and darts between the imaginary line of the breasts. Attach three separate silk skirts slightly below the waist of the slip. Sew a base skirt of net, then cover with organza and crinoline in contrasting colors.

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To be honest, I wonder about that too. There are some differences to these books, mind you. Shaeffer, focuses on vintage couture and sewing by hand. The vintage pieces pictured in it are gorgeous, and it provides a lot of info on the history of couture and so forth. The actual instructions however, only have tiny illustrations so they can be a bit hard to follow, especially with more complicated techniques. On the whole I would say that someone looking to make vintage clothes authentically would find this appealing.

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