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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

13 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

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  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

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