Haute Couture by Martin, Richard and Harold Koda in MET

When browsing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art website I came across this stunning book – Haute Couture by Martin Richard and Harold Koda.

You are not only able to look inside this fabulous book but print as free PDF.

Isn’t it fabulous! ENJOY!

Haute Couture by Martin, Richard and Harold Koda

This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas.

Ignite your creativity – Be inspired!

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Another couture challenge

While waiting for Couture Sewing: The Couture Skirt: more sewing secrets from a Chanel collector by Claire Shaeffer (it should arrived within few days!)

and watching the Great British Sewing Bee (love it!) …

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I decided to give the pants a break and work on my new couture challenge – Jacket by Marfy 3350. It is a short semi-fitted jacket with 3/4 sleeves that form a square yoke. I will try to make it from a boucle or tweed. I am sure I can find something in my fabric stash. Continue reading “Another couture challenge”

The Couture Skirt by Claire Shaeffer

The new book by Claire B. Shaeffer – Couture Sewing: The Couture Skirt: more sewing secrets from a Chanel collector is scheduled for January 2015. I just cannot wait to have it in my collection.

As expected it is coming with the DVD, where Claire gives an in-depth workshop on replicating the iconic Chanel skirt.

You may preview few pages on ISSUU.

Claire B. Shaeffer - Couture Sewing: The Couture Skirt: more sewing secrets from a Chanel collector

Those who have Claire’s previous book Couture Sewing: The Couture Cardigan Jacket, Sewing secrets from a Chanel Collector  will have the unique opportunity of creating a complete Chanel suite. Isn’t it fabulous!

I am sure a new Vogue Pattern by Claire will follow as well.

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Don’t be fooled by the title!

Thanks to Lizzie Bramlett from The Vintage Traveler™  I am now reading this fabulous book written in 1959 by Anne Fogarty, Wife Dressing: The Fine Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife.

Anne Fogarty, Wife Dressing: The Fine Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife.

I am really enjoying first paragraphs of Wife Dressing: The Fine Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife (which is now re-release), It’s so much fun! You could be surprise how even after all these years the attitudes towards selection of clothing, maintenance of clothing and dressing tips are very actual.

More about Anne Fogarty you may read in this post of Lizzie.

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Looking good … every day

My newest book in my sewing library is Looking Good…Every Day by Nancy Nix-Rice (Palmer/Pletsch Publication). I have just got it and starting to browse through all topics.

Looking Good...Every Day by Nancy Nix-Rice (Palmer/Pletsch Publication)

“When you understand what works for you, it’s easy to start looking good … every day!”

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Vintage jacket deserves bound buttonholes

My Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 is designed with bound buttonholes, which gives this extra vintage twist to this garment.

I have checked the pattern description on the method recommended to use to make the bound buttonholes – which is the same as described in the book Vintage Couture Tailoring by Thomas von Nordheim.
BTW – this is fabulous book written with great passion for traditional tailoring /couture – you feel it while reading.

Vintage Couture Tailoring by Thomas von Nordheim.

If you think
– the description in the pattern description is not so clear, or
– you do not have this book or any other book where the bound buttonholes technique is describe, then
-> check tutorials available on-line – there are so many different methods.
However if you would like to make bound buttonholes as recommended for this pattern – check this – TUTORIAL: BOUND BUTTONHOLES by Colette Patterns.

Let’s start test

My fashion fabric for this jacket is thick so I decided to test 2 methods to check which would give the best result and less bulk.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

First of all I have prepared a sample of fabric layers exactly I am going to work with: fashion fabric, underlining, hair canvas. I have marked two buttonholes.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

METHOD 1

I have made the first bound buttonhole making first the opening – using a piece of lining. Then I have made the stripes from the fashion fabric.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

I have attached the stripes at the back of the test facing. Hmmm… it looks not so bad but I have a lot of bulk. This method would be good to use with thinner fabrics.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

METHOD 2

The next method wat the one described in the pattern description. I have attached a piece of fashion fabric at the front, sew in place and cut the opening. I turn the piece of fabric to the WS and press.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

Then I have folded the upper lip back up so that the half of the opening is covered and done the same with the bottom one. After pressing and fastening it was ready. This bound buttonhole is much better. It looks better and have less bulk.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

The decision was made – I will use the second method.

Meanwhile I have chosen the buttons – they are almost vintage, I have bought them very long ago.

 Vintage Vogue Jacket V1023 working on bound buttonholes Red Point Tailor Couture

The next step – attaching the hair canvas to the front and then working on the bound buttonholes.

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Catching up on reading

Before visiting hours at the hospital I was ‘shopping’ in Wejherowo. (PL). I have come across a fabric shop with wonderful fabrics. I could not resist and I have bought 2 pieces of silk for blouses.

However as sewing is not so possible I am catching up on reading.

Having in mind starting again sewing business I have bought this book How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business  by Angela Wolf.

‘ This book will be a priceless resource for those considering adventuring into the fashion industry, yet not knowing how or where to start. Comprised of detailed information, How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business will be a guide for the aspiring designer to plan and execute a successful home based business. This material will not only provide a fashion realm, but will show how to create additional revenue streams in the sewing field. This book will be the “one stop shop” for the small designer.’

This book is a great first step in entering a fashion design industry. Has helpful information on designing clothing, contacting clients, examples of contracts, etc. This book is showing the reality, no colourful stories – just how it is.

Very important aspect of balance between family and work is discussed as well – which very often is forgotten.

Starting sewing business–read this book www.redpointtailor.com

 

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Burda Style Zelfmaakmode Stap voor Stap

Few weeks ago while waiting in a line in a shop I was looking at the sewing/crafting magazines and I then I have spotted something completely new – Burda Style – Zelfmaakmode Stap voor Stap (which you may freely translate as Sew It Yourself Step by Step).

In 4 separate issues different basic sewing techniques will be (are) described and explained – step by step, including clear pictures and drawings. It is a great help for those who would like to start sewing (crafting) or already sewing but have some issues and/or questions. Excellent sewing knowledge resource.
I would say that it should be in every beginners sewing library. It is affordable and contains all necessary information to finish a garment.
Above all It is presented in a very attractive way, catching and wanting to read.

Burda Style – Zelfmaakmode Stap  voor Stap

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Lovely surprises

It is nice to come home and it is even nicer to find out that all ordered goodies were delivered.

From the American Duchess the shoes clips holders arrived. Isn’t this small bag cute?
Soon the new accessories will be available in my web shop – Red Point Tailor.

Lovely surprises  the American Duchess the shoes clips holders

 

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Just arrived – new in my sewing library

‘Fitting & pattern alteration’ book just arrived. It is really good book – I am glad I have bought it. There are a lot of information how to adjust patterns, how to fit a pattern to a given figure …

'Fitting & pattern alteration'