December 5, 2010 § 2 Comments
You can always follow David Coffin on his blog dedicated to sewing trousers and, like the rest of the world, you can follow him on Facebook. Just the intro to his book on trouser making has made me appreciate pants in a way I never imagined. He’s a simple guy. He considers himself an amateur- though he was an editor for Threads Magazine, and other sewers who do consider themselves professionals, think highly of Coffin.
I can’t make you read any of these books, and I know I’m suggesting more and more reading. My new library system has a ton of sewing books and I’m just going hog wild here reserving a bunch, picking them up, picking through them, suggesting some here, and then returning them just to pick up some more. I’ve got a bunch of books on Victorian dress and sewing techniques, but I’ll leave those recommends for some other day.
This trouser book is written in a way that has opened my eyes to the detailing of trouser construction. Call it what you will, but I’ve already pulled out some of my pre-pregnancy pants to inspect them the way Coffin does in his book. This is one of the funest (yes, I’m gonna say it’s a word) ways to learn new techniques.
I’m also still using (not just reading) the Pati Palmer Fit for Real People. If you have had a hard time fitting the clothes you make, consider this your primer for dressmaking. Like the Coffin book, Pati Palmer opens the readers eyes up to see fitting a commercial pattern in ways you might not have thought.
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. I’ve got narrow shoulder but a large bust. If I went for a pattern based on my bust, the shoulders would never fit. That’s actually why I had to pin the neck in the latest muslin. The shoulder fit wasn’t right. Pati Palmer has you fitting the back first, then the front- which I still need to get used to.
You make certain your pattern fits in the back, then you move to the front. Rather than adding tissue to your pattern to make it reach around your front, they give you a couple of ways to cut the pattern to add space where you need it, not where you don’t.
I dare you to check this book out. Especially if you’ve felt like you don’t want to sew for yourself because nothing ever fits. This is one of the books that’s really making me come out of my “I only sew for kids” rut.
This is a book with a gorgeous cover. There are no pictures inside of this book other than line drawings of pattern pieces. I’ve perused it but haven’t really taken advantage of it. I’m getting ideas for dresses, but I think I need to pace myself and come back to this one in a couple of months.
A lot of draping instruction, but not quite as much as I’ve been seeing in these draping textbooks I’ve been studying.
I really do feel like I’m studying. I read everything I can get my hands on and I’m going back and reading it again. I’m cycling through some books quicker than others, but still trying to retain the information.
Not much of a review but do what you can with the details I’ve provided. Enjoy!