Cool Couture: Construction Secrets for Runway Style (Singer Studio)
Kenneth D King
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Cool Couture is a home sewer’s guide to professional, designer-quality construction and finishing. Fashion designer Kenneth King provides step-by-step instruction in the basic, reliable techniques of classical couture.
He provides his own shortcuts, careful instruction, and advice to help home sewers of every level produce impeccable results. Each technique is presented with simple how-to drawings and detailed step-by-step instruction. Fashion-forward photographs of the designer’s own couture garments and tight shots of fabrics and construction and decorative detail show the finished effects. This book is an essential reference book of couture techniques for home sewers.
working with these fabrics, you will feel more comfortable dealing with them. Velvet, especially crushed velvet, is one of the most luxurious fabrics. Its drape and surface texture are shown to advantage in this velvet evening wrap. Velvet Velvet is one of those fabrics that is often referred to as having psychological components. One component is the expectation of weight. Another is the expectation of thickness or a “cushion.” When you put your hands on velvet, you expect your fingers to
you can easily measure and divide it by 2 and by 4 so that you can mark a pattern of offset squares on it, as shown. The drawing shows how to set up a 4" (10 cm)-wide strip. Mark your strip on the wrong side of the fabric, cut the ends to be offset as shown, and cut the remaining horizontal lines to the center. Prairie points are a traditional quilting trim. When applied to the edges of evening fabrics, on a large scale, they appear exotic and chic. In this example, the vertical edge features
ROLL TO WRAP The easiest way to wrap the fringe is to lay it flat and roll up the cord into it. Step 3 Take several stab stitches through the roll of foundation, making sure the needle also passes through the cord. These stitches will secure the fringe so it doesn’t pull away later. Step 4 Rethread the needle, attaching it to the bottom edge of the rolled foundation. Tightly wrap the thread many times around the strands of the fringe, just below the bottom edge of the foundation, to pull the
French-trained teacher. All my sewing skills are self-taught. In certain respects, this was beneficial, because I was just ignorant enough of the facts to do what I wanted. This lack of formal training led me to find some rather unorthodox solutions to construction problems. I am one of the fortunate few who is able to make a livelihood from a vocation that is also a passion. Because I am deeply interested in what I do—and because I sell to a very demanding market—I need to create superbly
closest to the mold. Step 5 Pull up the running stitch to fit the casing tightly around the cord. Stitch the casing to the cord to secure. Step 6 With your fingers, turn the casing right side out and ease it down over the mold. By hand, sew a running stitch along the open end of the casing, and then pull it snug against the mold, poking the seam allowance into the hole of the mold with the needle. The oversized tassel at one end of this evening wrap adds drama, and its weight balances the cuff