Oct 252011
 

This is exactly what it says on the cover.  Precise instructions for advanced dressmaking and ladies tailoring which result in an exquisite finish.  It is somewhat daunting at first and definitely not one for beginners, but if you have time and patience on your side following the techniques methodically will pay dividends.

Inside you will find correct ways to create sharp corners without bulk, more hemming techniques than I thought possible and an incredible level of detail, such as the direction of pins when putting a sleeve onto a bodice.  One to remind you of the skills of yesteryear, and exactly why couture has that price tag.

Oct 252011
 

Sometimes I come back from the shops with seasonal vegetables that are beautiful and intriguing, but I have absolutely no idea what to do with them.  Fortunately there is an array of cookbooks to help get them to the table, all well indexed with step by step instructions.

Well, this is the fabric equivalent.  If you succumbed to a couple of metres of oilcloth with a view to lining a picnic blanket, or thought you’d take up the hem on that crinkle silk chiffon Prada number that’s always been a little long, you need this book.  Look up the cloth in question and follow instructions for needle type, stitch length preparations and pressing and you’ll be sure of a successful outcome. Essential reference for all who stray further than projects in poplin.