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The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction


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CHRISTINE HAYNES grew up in small-town Michigan and learned to sew from her mom, who learned from her grandmother. Just after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she started her sewing business, selling mostly wrap skirts at the second Chicago Renegade Craft Fair. After moving to Los Angeles, she began writing for Craft Zine which led to her first book with Potter Craft, Chic & Simple Sewing. Christine now teaches sewing at Sew L.A. in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. She also writes for magazines and her blog, designs and sews clothing, and designs sewing patterns. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC's Today Show, among others.


"A technique-focused, how-to book that will guide any sewer, novice or experienced, in completing a professional-looking garment. Seamster Haynes has developed a new style of teaching clothing construction, one that's not dependent on a specific pattern or style. Instead, she concentrates, first, on the basics, coding each photograph or illustration for easy reference--although, unfortunately, not all visuals are magnified well (such as fabric swatches, pattern booklets, and directions). After tools and patterns are addressed, from sewing machines to buttons and threads, the detailed step-by-step color photographs and captions arrive for almost every part of the process. Pinning and cutting fabric, always a critical first, are here pictured in ways and with methods that won't allow scissors to slip. The next three elements don't vary from that formula, providing crafters almost foolproof instructions for sewing zippers, making contour darts, and fashioning an elegantly scalloped hem, among other exercises. At the end of each chapter is a two-page color fold called "Anatomy of a Garment," pointing via numbers to the clothing basics just discussed." - Booklist

"The latest in Creative Publishing's "Complete Photo Guide" series (The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing) focuses on garment construction, a broad, often complex topic that includes everything from body measurements to fabric cutting to seam finishes. Haynes, who designs patterns for her own indie pattern line, divides the intricacies of garment construction into easily manageable steps that are organized in a logical manner from start to finish. Need to know what stay stitching looks like, or how to place and sew an invisible zipper? It's in this guide, along with clear instructions and photographs of each step. Spreads titled "The Anatomy of a Garment" appear throughout to put the lessons in context using actual garments. VERDICT A valuable reference for garment-making novices; the layout makes it easy to find the necessary information." - Library Journal

"An experienced sewist, smart writer, and fabulous seamstress, Haynes has created a unique and helpful must-have manual in The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. Any and all sewing enthusiasts will benefit from having this manual on their shelves." - Kaylee Pope,

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