Couture Sewing Techniques from Sew News

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This free eBook from Sew News magazine features 6 free couture sewing technique guides by Claire Shaeffer. Internationally known for her knowledge and expertise on haute couture sewing techniques, Claire Shaeffer is the author of the much-loved book Couture Sewing Techniques as well as numerous Vogue patterns. Each of these sewing technique guides from Claire's "Sew Professional" column in Sew News magazine shows you how to sew with high-class style. Using these free articles, you will be able to expand your sewing skills and learn how to elevate any sewn garment from homemade to handmade and stunning. Each of these sewing guides clearly explains several couture sewing techniques including how to match a patterned fabric on the center front of a jacket and sewing tips for elegantly balancing a dart.

This free eBook from Sew News magazine comes complete with everything you will need to learn how to sew various couture sewing techniques including:
  • "Stitch to Stage," a couture sewing guide highlighting the differences between ready-to-wear garments and haute looks.
  • "Lingerie Guards," showing you how to control the straps of undergarments to prevent them from slipping or showing.
  • "The Fly Zipper," a unique couture sewing tip that uses both machine and hand sewing to maintain the integrity of the design.
  • "Matching Patterned Fabrics," perfect for producing a flawless professional result that is worth the additional effort.
  • "Button Stem," an essential element of professional sewn garments that provides space between the button and the garment.
  • "Darts," are perfect to balance or eliminate any ridges at the stitching line.
With your free download of Couture Sewing, you'll also become part of the Sew News community. This includes:
  • A free e-newsletter filled with sewing tips, tricks and more
  • Special offers exclusive to Sew News e-newsletter subscribers
  • Information on sewing projects as well as the latest on Sew News issues

This Free Couture Sewing Techniques eBook Is Perfect For Any Sewist - From Beginner to Expert

If you've ever wanted to learn how to sew garments with a touch of class and elegance, this free eBook is perfect for you. Learning the basics of couture sewing can help elevate your sewn garment from homemade to something truly elegant. Simple sewing details like perfecting darts or hand sewing buttonholes can also add a personalized detail to your garment. Each of these "Sew Professional With Claire Shaeffer" articles are perfect for sewists looking to take their work to the next level. 

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Learn how to sew professional details on your garments using these easy sewing tutorials.

Couture Sewing Technique #1: "Stitch to Stage"

This couture sewing technique highlights many of the major differences between the ready-to-wear looks you can purchase at your favorite retail store and a true, hand-sewn couture garment. For example, one of the primary differences between the two is that a ready-to-wear garment can be purchased from a store to be worn immediately thanks to much of the garment being put together by machines. A couture sewn garments is sewn by hand and made to fit the wearer; i.e. not available off of the shelf.

Couture Sewing Technique #2: "Lingerie Guards"

A lingerie guards controls the straps on your undergarments so that they don't get in the way of your look. They can also control the upper part of your bodice so that it doesn't shift or slide. This couture sewing technique is usually used at the shoulders but can be placed in numerous other locations. Follow the sewing tips and pictures in this sewing guide to see exactly how to put together a lingerie guard in your garments.

Couture Sewing Technique #3: "The Fly Zipper"

While there are a dozen different methods to set a zipper into a fly packet, Claire Shaeffer recommends this couture sewing technique that she first discovered on a pair of Yves Saint Laurent pants. In this sewing technique, the fly opening is machine stitched prior to the zipper being sewn in by hand. Using this technique allows the finished look and control of hand sewing but without any concerns about the integrity of the design.

Couture Sewing Technique #4: "Matching Patterned Fabrics"

While it may seem challenging to match patterned fabrics at seams and openings, the finished look is well worth the effort. Learning this couture sewing technique for matching the pattern at the center front of a jacket and for piecing a patterned fabric can help you to create a powerful look. Piecing the garment with a matched seam also allows you the freedom to choose whatever sewing fabrics you might like no matter how narrow the print is.

Couture Sewing Technique #5: "Button Stem"

Essential to professionally sewn garments, a button stem helps to create a finish, fastened look without creating strain or unflattering puckering around the button hole. While there are several methods that can create this couture sewing technique, a braided button stem is recommended for jackets due to it's durable nature. This easy sewing guide outlines some of the best ways to accomplish this stunning look.

Couture Sewing Technique #6: "Darts"

Using darts in your sewing can help to balance any ridges in your stitching line. There are three different manners that are covered in this article to do this: slash & press, center & press, and adding a fabric strip. While each of these applications has particular uses, this couture sewing technique guide will help you to evaluate which method is best for your particular project.

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Whether you've been sewing from patterns for many years or are just learning the basics of hand stitching now, these couture sewing technique articles can help you to better understand the craft you love so much. These sewing tips will help with everything from finishing your garment with style to choosing the proper fabric for your look. We hope you enjoy not only this free eBook from Sew News and Claire Shaeffer but the garments these tips help you to create. 

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This free eBook from Sew News magazine comes complete with everything you will need to learn how to sew various couture sewing techniques including:
  • "Stitch to Stage," a couture sewing guide highlighting the differences between ready-to-wear garments and haute looks.
  • "Lingerie Guards," showing you how to control the straps of undergarments to prevent them from slipping or showing.
  • "The Fly Zipper," a unique couture sewing tip that uses both machine and hand sewing to maintain the integrity of the design.
  • "Matching Patterned Fabrics," perfect for producing a flawless professional result that is worth the additional effort.
  • "Button Stem," an essential element of professional sewn garments that provides space between the button and the garment.
  • "Darts," are perfect to balance or eliminate any ridges at the stitching line.
With your free download of Couture Sewing, you'll also become part of the Sew News community. This includes:
  • A free e-newsletter filled with sewing tips, tricks and more
  • Special offers exclusive to Sew News e-newsletter subscribers
  • Information on sewing projects as well as the latest on Sew News issues