Today, I’m really excited to be the next stop on the blog tour of Christine Haynes‘ new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction!
I was lucky enough to get a preview of this book, and I can't tell you how impressed I am by it! I do own a fair amount of sewing books, but this one is definitely unique.
The book is divided into five sections, each detailing different elements of garment construction. “Tools of the Trade” is about the various tools needed for sewing from the machine itself, to pressing tools and notions. “Patterns, Fabric and Your Body” guides you through the process of choosing a pattern, your size, your fabric and the cutting and marking process. “Construction Basics”introduces simple sewing techniques such as seam finishing and garment closures. “Taking Shape” explains all of those techniques that give our garments shape like darts, gathers, pleats and more. Finally, "Finishing Touches" is about hems, pockets and other details to take into consideration before finishing your garment.
Unlike a lot of other sewing books, which are useful for beginners but not so much for advanced ones, this book really goes into all kinds of techniques from beginning to advanced and all that's in between. Every passage is illustrated with clear, detailed photos, but that's not all: the design and fabric choices through the whole book make it an adorable visual experience.
Want to see for yourself? Here's a little excerpt from the book that explains how to gather fabric:
And what's the best way to put this technique into use? Making your own Emery dress, of course!
Christine very kindly offered a copy of her popular Emery dress pattern to one of my readers (see my version made up here), all you need to do is to enter below!