This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
An alphabetical reference to a large number of sewing
terms and techniques. While it's usually easy to find a topic, there is no
index and occasionally you have to guess what name Ladbury uses.
Illustrated with ample text and numerous black and white drawings (2-6
illustrations per page). Since the illustrations are not labelled you
sometimes have to spend some time figuring out which illustration goes with
I use this book occasionally, but I'm not very thrilled with it. It contains
a vast amount of information and covers many many techniques in detail. The
alphabetical organization is sometimes handy and sometimes frustrating! I
have found that some of the explanations are confusing or difficult to
understand. Furthermore the illustrations are only barely adequate. If you
have a chance to pick this book up cheaply, do so. I would not recommend it
as a single reference book nor as a first reference book.
_Dressmaking Explained_: A-Z of terms, processes, stitches. Ann Ladbury.
copyright 1982. Arco Publishing. $14.95. ISBN: 0-668-06460-9. paperback. 358
pages. A few years ago I often saw this book remaindered for about $6.