I am so excited to finally reveal my new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction! I wrote my first book seven years ago, and it feels amazing to finally be able to follow it up with something I am so proud of. Over a year in the making, my book will be available February 1st! And even better, you can pre-order it on Amazon!
So, what's inside The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction and how is it different from all the other sewing books you already have? First off, it's a photo guide, so that means that every single thing, step, tool, etc is photographed. Everything! So the steps are clear and easy to follow along with since they are shot in clear color photographs.
Also, you will find that all the basics of garment construction are covered. All that I have learned in my 30+ years of sewing I have put on these pages, and I hope you learn some new tips and skills!
In Chapter One, Tools of the Trade, I cover all the tools necessary to get the job done right. Including cutting tools, notions like buttons and lace, thread, the sewing machine, measuring tools, and many more!
Chapter Two, Patterns, Fabric, and Your Body, I discuss how to read patterns, choose a size, measure your body, choose and prepare your fabric and interfacing, understanding grain, as well as pinning, marking, and cutting your fabric.
We really get into the meat of things in Chapter Three, Construction Basics, where I cover everything basic from how to sew a seam, how to sew on many kinds of buttons, installing multiple types of zippers, finishing seams in both basic and complicated ways, and other tips like grading and trimming seams, pivoting, and handling knits.
Chapter Four, Taking Shape, is the biggest in the book, as this is where we get into darts of all kinds, pleats, gathers, pin tucks, casings, shirring, princess seams, waistbands, pockets, bias finishing, collars, and sleeves! Phew!
In the final chapter, Finishing Touches, we get into those final items, like patch pockets, many ways in which to hem, and how to make a simple sash belt.
On a personal note, I am so happy that my publishing team allowed me to be the photo stylist, so while the book is part of a greater encyclopedia series and formatted as such, I'm in love with the photos and am so happy that I was able to feature many friends in the book. I really feel like the photos look like me, and I loved being able to personalize it that way.
Who will you see inside? Well, of course, my patterns are featured, along with Colette Patterns, Green Bee Patterns, Sewaholic, Grainline, Jamie Christina, and Made by Rae Patterns. Fabrics featured are from Melody Miller, Rob Bancroft of Green Bee, Marisa Anne and Creative Thursday, Lizzy House, Amy Butler, Lotta Jansdotter, Denyse Schmidt, Nani Iro, Anna Maria Horner, Suzy Ultman, Liberty of London, Heather Ross and more! Yes, all my favorites in one happy place.
Another nice treat for me is being able to feature so many vintage tools and notions in the book, so in addition to all the new tools I use everyday, many of my late Grandmother's tools and vintage buttons are featured as well. A nice homage to my Grandma Ruth.
I am so happy with the book and I hope that all of you love it as much as I do! Oh, and if you're in the Los Angeles area, stay tuned for information on a book party! Hell yeah!