Dressmaking: The Indispensable Guide

Jules Fallon. Firefly, $35 (256p) ISBN 978-1-77085-938-8
This beautifully designed guide by designer and entrepreneur Fallon will be a handy reference for anyone who wants to learn how to sew. It begins with detailed discussions of the anatomy of a sewing machine, thread types, and notions. Fallon explains how to choose among different fabrics and prepare for a project. Then she moves into how to decode pattern symbols, take measurements, create pleats and tucks, and other matters of technique. By the end of the book, Fallon moves on to more complex techniques for cuffs, collars and yokes, linings, facings, and edge stitching. Each page has multiple helpful images. Fallon’s descriptions are clear, and her goal is to cover almost everything readers need to know from the first time they sit down at machines to the moment they start advanced projects. The book does not include patterns or sewing projects; it’s intended as a resource to accompany them. Fallon is clearly passionate about sewing and conveys her love of the craft, always cautioning new sewers to pay meticulous attention to detail in order to achieve the best results. The book is destined to be a well-worn companion for many creations. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 12/11/2017
Release date: 08/01/2017
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