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braindeer
« on: August 02, 2012 03:25:16 PM »

Hi everyone,

Can anyone recommend a good book for a total beginner in dressmaking, but who has experience sewing other projects (cushions, bags, etc)? I've bought a couple of patterns I'd like to try, but I have no real idea how to lay them out, cut the fabric, adjust for size and so on, so I'd like a book that will go through that side of things in detail. Most books I've seen are either designed for complete beginners to sewing, and so spend a lot of time discussing how to use a sewing machine and other basics, or feature a lot of patterns for things I don't really want to make! I need something that will take me through making up my patterns step-by-step. Any suggestions?

Thanks guys! Cheesy
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sarah_charade
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012 09:45:31 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Sewing-Step---Step/dp/1606522086/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346431475&sr=8-1&keywords=complete+guide+to+sewing

http://www.amazon.com/Vogue-Sewing-Editors-Butterick/dp/1573890162/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346431487&sr=1-2&keywords=vogue+sewing

These books will give you dressmaking sewing techniques.

To lay out a pattern is pretty much a no-brainer. The commercial patterns will have layout examples printed in them. Just try to waste as little fabric as possible. All you can do is practice.

Cut the pattern pieces apart (not on the lines, just separate them), then use chalk/fabric pen and a c-thru ruler to trace the lines you need for the size you want. Alternatively, if you're one of those people who doesn't like cutting up the commercial patterns, lay pieces of dollar store tissue paper (the kind for gift wrapping) on top and use a highlighter or marker to trace the pattern pieces and sizes you want, then cut the tissue paper and pin to your fabric, then trace and/or just cut around it.
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nicholasliggins
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012 01:23:04 AM »

1.Sew U, by Wendy Mullins,
This book contains excellent directions on everything from threading your needle to sewing a pair of pants.
2.SEW: The Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp-This book is also very amazing,it will teach you to draft your own pattern too.
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