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29 Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing




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This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans lfabans@adobe.com with numerous contributions by others.

29 Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing

by Roberta Carr. published by
Palmer/Pletsch. 1993. About $30, 208 pages, hardbound.

I (da faq keeper) purchased Carr's book immediately. I found the
photography to be gorgeous. The first section of the book describes
the haute coutre houses in the early part of the century. I found
it's history to be facinating. I loved reading the narratives of
the coutre clothes that Carr had designed for herself.

I had not used the book for any technical knowledge, so here is
another person's opinion on the technical aspect:

I found many useful tips in _Couture_, but Carr did not include the extremely
step-by-step instructions that I expected. The photos of garments are
beautiful, but there are no in-progress photos. The chapter on bias discusses
bias cut skirts, godets and bias binding. There are no sections that discuss
designing entire garments with bias cuts (ala Madame Madeleine Vionnet).

_Couture_ includes alot of good tips and many good ideas. It is not a
comprehensive reference of techniques, but rather an annotated sketchbook of
ideas.

Note: Robbie Fanning and Claire B. Shaeffer are both writing books on couture
techniques. As of spring 1993, Shaeffer's book is expected to be published by
Taunton Press in about early 1994. Shaeffer has written a number of very
good, very detailed articles on couture techniques for Threads.

 

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