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Sewing Techniques from The Fashion Industry

458 page printed book
ISBN-13: 978-0-9663236-4-1



Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry is an encyclopedia of industry’s basic, high-end, sample-making procedures.

Here are the basic sewing instructions you need to sew stunning collections and beautiful personal wardrobes. Over 450 indexed pages, with more than 1200 step-by-step diagrams, present the sewing procedures industry uses to make exquisite clothing for preferred customers, and beautiful samples of clothing that will be mass-produced. Minimal equipment is needed, just a basic sewing machine and a few inexpensive tools.

To ensure your success, Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry has been tested in college classrooms over a period of 20 years. The book contains the sewing exercises taught at the entry level, upperclassman, and continuing professional education graduate level fashion courses at two leading Philadelphia universities. A sample book, pattern book, and syllabus are available for each of those three courses.

Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry includes:
  • Location of grading fit lines – shown in the diagram on the left
  • Concept boards’ and sample making’s use in design and manufacture
  • Seams and edges
  • Hems and kick pleats
  • Darting, gathering, and pleating
  • Piping, cording, and tubing
  • Pockets
  • Zipper sets
  • Measurement systems
  • Pull-through techniques for quickly producing high-end garments
  • Lappage
  • Many more sewing techniques!

All dotted lines are grading/ft lines. Grading lines are the same on the front and back figure and front and back patterns.

Over 450 indexed pages, packed with more than 1200 step-by-step diagrams, present the sewing procedures industry uses to both make exquisite clothing for preferred customers and to make beautiful samples of clothing that will be mass-produced. Minimal equipment is needed, just a basic sewing machine and a few inexpensive tools.

A treadle sewing machine can be used to make most of the samples.

Making a sample book as you work through Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry will provide you with both a reference book and a portfolio.

After purchasing the book, you will be issued your personal  a password that will allow you to download three files:

  1. A file of the complete graduate-level sample book with all the samples shown on the pages.
  2. All of the patterns needed to make the samples.
  3. A printout for the graduate-level sample book so you don’t have to write in the information on any of the sample book’s pages.
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Additional information

Weight 1.3607 kg
Dimensions 27.94 × 22.86 × 2.54 cm

7 reviews for Sewing Techniques from The Fashion Industry

  1. Tobey

    Fabulous book! This book is a sewing bible! The instructions are step by step and well thought out. There are lots diagrams which help to see if you are doing it correctly. The great news is it helped me advance my sewing technique to a professional level!! A MUST have!

  2. Mary A

    Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry

  3. Jeannette

    An inciteful sewing and reference manual.
    I was so excited to receive my copy. This is a book that is worth its weight And will be a great asset to any sewing library. Written for students who are interested in becoming designers and pattern makers, the manual can be used by anyone wanting to learn to professional techniques. Loaded with easy to follow directions complete with, well done, illustrations.
    Laurel Hoffmann’s years of experience and education in the sewing industry are clearly evident in this well written concise, practical and yet informative workbook. She includes a CD that has all the information and a workbook to use for your own sample making. Something I would not have ever thought to do. I have learned so much from Laurel and this book shows much her tenacity and expertise for sewing techniques.
    Included are Design Room Procedures; Supplies and Equipment; Seams and Edges, Hems and Kick Pleats; Reducing Fullness; Piping, Cording, Tubing; Closures; Pockets; Zippers; and a full sections for drafting and sewing miniature dress patterns.
    I love sewing and even with my years of experience, there are techniques I still have not mastered and struggle with in my own design and sewing process. Having a book full of professional techniques gives me so much confidence for growth with my own design and patternmaking ventures. Thanks so much for offering such a great manual. Jnetti

  4. Contemporary Fashion Education

    Thank you. I want people to come back. I really enjoy interacting with my readers.

  5. Contemporary Fashion Education

    Thanks, Darrel.

  6. Catherine LaVallee (verified owner)

    Rave Reviews for Laurel Hoffmann’s Book “Sewing Techniques From the Fashion Industry”. A textbook that is ideal for both those interest in entering the Fashion Industry as a profession as well as someone like myself that is interested in making professional looking garments at home. The instructions and diagrams are clear and precise. Sample patterns are included that allow for practicing a technique with a minimal use of material while providing you with the confidence to use it on a final garment. Laurel provides very personal and professional support when questions arise. An example of that is a. 60 minute phone call to Canada to ensure that I knew the process and procedure. I have been very, very impressed and cannot recommend Laurel and her book enough!!!!

  7. Evelyn Roth

    I recently got Laurel Hoffmann’s wonderful “Sewing techniques from the Fashion Industry” along with the Syllabus, and the Sample e-book. So I was set to sew and assemble my own Sample collection.

    I am a former schoolteacher and have also taught kids sewing classes on my own since 2011, so I appreciate a clearly outlined curriculum. Therefore, I decided to follow the order of sewing and reading in the Syllabus. Also, wherever I could, I viewed her YouTube videos to see her doing some of the techniques she covers in her book.

    I was amazed at the wonderful technical drawings and clear instructions for each technique.
    If you follow the detailed directions, you won’t go wrong. And if you do get stuck you can ask Laurel and she will quickly send an answer. She was very available via email and phone. My aim, however, was to get the sample techniques done without calling too soon. Sometimes it required reading, looking at the drawings, and reading again – exactly what I would want my students to be able to do. The technique I almost gave up on had nothing to do with sewing. It involved taping the paper mock-up for the lined, lapped hand-pricked zipper sample. Since this was done as a class demo, (as per the Syllabus) it is understandable that all the students would have seen how the paper “seam” was taped together where it would later be sewn in the sample. And once I got it, it made total sense.

    She also uses the language of the fashion industry to talk about what we are doing, thereby removing one more barrier for someone who wants to qualify for a job in fashion sewing and designing, However, she also defines many of the terms she uses as we go along in the book and often explains why we are doing things differently than a home sewer/seamstress might.

    When I showed my daughter the care and precision I had used to draft and construct the pull-through plaid miniature dress, she said, “No wonder you have to pay so much for high quality fashion.”

    I have had a few young adults come to me to learn how to sew in preparation for a fashion degree course. In the future I will definitely recommend Laurel’s books and courses to them. They will be miles ahead and understand so much more than they would otherwise.

    • Contemporary Fashion Education

      Comment is up! Thanks, Evelyn.

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