Better Dressmaking by Ruth Wyeth Spears

Better Dressmaking by Ruth Wyeth Spears
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Originally published in the 1940s, this book explains how to make good clothing simply and clearly with pictures and a minimum of text. It is full of great, easy-to-follow sewing advice about home dressmaking.

Contents Covered:

  • Foreword
  • Sewing Equipment and Fabrics
    • Thread, Needle and Stitch Guide
    • The Room in Which You Sew
    • Equipment for Dressmaking
    • Small Equipment for Sewing
    • Ironing Boards for Dressmaking
    • Make Your Own Pressing Forms
    • How to Pad a Dress Form
    • Other Equipment and Sewing Aids
    • Extra Equipment and Notions
    • Burning Test for Fabrics
    • Cotton and Linen
    • Wool and Silk
    • Characteristics of Rayon
    • Six Standard Fabric Weaves
  • Colors and Lines for Your Style Type
    • Your Colors in a Star
    • The Right Make-up for Your Type
    • Colors That Make the Skin Clear
    • Trace and Cut This Color Finder
    • Colors That Brighten the Eyes
    • The Right Colors for Your Hair
    • Color Combinations
    • Make a Silhouette of Your Figure
    • The Tall Thin Figure
    • Figure with Wide Hips
    • Figure with Large Bust
    • Figure with Large Waist
  • How to Design Costumes with a Basic Pattern
    • How to Change Darts
    • Adding a Lapped Closing
    • Collars for a Basic Pattern
    • Adding a Yoke and Fullness
    • How to Shorten a Sleeve
    • Adding Sleeve Top Fullness
    • Adding Flare to a Sleeve
    • Skirt Pattern Adaptations
  • The Fundamentals of Hand and Machine Sewing
    • Knots and Fastening Stitches
    • Basting Stitches
    • Machine Stitching
    • Use Your Hands Skillfully
    • Running Stitches and Back Stitches
    • Overhandling, Overcasting and Whipstitches
    • Five Ways to Sew Hems
    • More about Slip-Stitching
  • Fitting Problems and Pattern Adjustments
    • How to Take Measurements
    • Your Measurement Record
    • Length Adjustments in a Pattern
    • Adjustments for Skirt Patterns
    • Sleeve Pattern Adjustments
    • Patterns for Slacks and Panties
    • Fitting Methods
    • About Fitting Sleeves
    • Altering from the Right Side
    • If the Pattern is Not Adjusted
    • When Shoulders Are Narrow
    • Large Bust and Narrow Shoulders
    • When Shoulders Are Broad
    • If Shoulders Are Square
    • Sloping Shoulders
    • Shoulders High Near the Neck
    • When the Bust Is High
    • If the Chest Is Flat
    • Figure with Large Waistline
    • If the Back Is Broad
    • Figure with Narrow Back
    • The Round-Shouldered Figure
    • The Over-Erect Figure
    • Fitting Skirts
    • Marking a Skirt Length
  • Patterns, Cutting and Garment Construction
    • The Grain of the Fabric
    • Know Your Pattern
    • Cutting Special Fabrics
    • Cutting and Basting
    • Making Markings with Thread
    • Other Ways to Mark and Cut
    • Press as You Sew
    • More about Pressing
    • Make Darts First
    • Stitch and Press Darts Carefully
    • Gathers and Shirrings
    • Seams with Fullness
    • Plain Seams, Straight or Curved
    • Other Dressmaker Seams
    • French Seams and Hemmed Seams
    • How to Make Felled Seams
    • Some Tailored Seams
    • How to Avoid Stretched Seams
    • Setting in Sleeves
    • Stiffening and Padding
    • Seams for Transparent Materials
    • Piped and Other Accented Seams
    • Flannel Seams Have Many Uses
  • Shirring, Ruffles, Tucks, Pleats and Hems
    • More about Shirring
    • Corded Shirring
    • Ways to Apply Ruffles
    • Godets and Circular Flounces
    • Things to Know about Tucks
    • Five Ways to Trim with Tucks
    • Common Types of Pleats
    • Laying and Pressing Pleats
    • Seam Line and Set-in Pleats
    • How to Prepare a Skirt Hem
    • Ways to Sew Skirt Hems
    • Narrow Hems Used in Dressmaking
    • Hemming Corners
    • Machine Hemstitching and Picoting
    • Some Special Purpose Hems
    • Cutting and Joining Bias Strips
    • Some Bias Facings
    • Fitted Facings
    • Facing Scallops and a Slit
    • Hand-Finished Bindings
    • Some Bias Tape Bindings
    • Binding Corners and Scrolls
    • Making Piped Edges
  • Plackets, Necklines, Collars and Sleeves
    • Placket with Continuous Finish
    • Two-Piece Placket for a Skirt
    • Placket for a Skirt with Belting
    • A Zipper for a Skirt Placket
    • A Seam Placket in a Dress
    • A Zipper in a Dress Placket
    • A Zipper for a Coat or Jacket
    • The So-Called Underwear Placket
    • Hemmed Placket for Infants' Wear
    • Facing a Round Neckline
    • Facing a Plain V Neckline
    • Neck Binding and Seam Openings
    • Facing a Convertible Neckline
    • A Zipper in a Faced Opening
    • Binding for a Slashed Opening
    • Placket Opening for a Neckline
    • Would You Do It This Way?
    • Two Convertible Collar Finishes
    • Quick Way to Make Notch Collars
    • Tailors' Method for Notch Collars
    • Finishes for Tight Sleeves
    • Sleeve Bands and Cuffs
    • Shirt Cuff and Opening
  • Buttons, Buttonholes and Fasteners
    • Things to Know about Buttons
    • How to Sew on Buttons
    • Covering Button Molds
    • Buckles and Worked Eyelets
    • Snaps and Hooks and Eyes
    • Covered Cords and Tubings
    • Frogs and Fabric Fasteners
    • Heavy Frogs of Knotted Cord
    • Five Types of Loop Buttonholes
    • Worked Buttonholes
    • Piped Buttonholes
    • Self-Finish Bound Buttonholes
    • Welt Type of Bound Buttonholes
    • Tape-Bound Buttonholes
  • Making Ten Types of Pockets
    • Pocket with Braid or Tape Binding
    • Pocket Bound with Pocket Piece
    • Pocket with Separate Binding
    • Making a Welt Pocket
    • Pocket with Separate Welt Piece
    • Making a Stand Pocket
    • Making a Flap Pocket
    • Curved Bound Pocket
  • Making Belts, Trimmings and Finishes
    • Three Belts with Stiffening
    • Covered Weights and French Tacks
    • Cable Cord and the Cording Foot
    • More Corded Finishes
    • Braiding and Pattern Duplication
    • Braid Applied by Machine
    • Machine Craft Trimming
    • Openwork Trimmings
    • Variety in Fabric Trimmings
    • Some Fabric Edge Trimmings
    • Roses of Silk and Velvet
    • A Quickly Made Ribbon Flower
    • Ways to Make Fringe
    • Tassels and Tied Fringe
    • Twisted Cords and Pompons
    • Quilting as Trimming
    • Making Tailor's Tacks
    • Embroidered Arrowhead
    • Tricks to Know about Lace
    • Applying Lace by Hand
    • Sharp Corners and Curves
    • Ways to Finish Edges of Lace
    • Seams Made with Entre Deux
    • Applying Embroidery Edgings
  • Decorative Stitches Used for Garment Trimmings
    • Six Ways to Do Featherstitching
    • Herringbone and Other Stitches
    • Interlaced Stitches
    • Ways to Make Chain Stitches
    • Variations of Blanket Stitching
    • Cross-Stitch and Canvas Stitches
    • Knotted Stitches Have Many Uses
    • Some Embroidered Flower Stitches
    • Embroidering Eyelets and Scallops
    • Three Fagoted Seams
    • Fagoting Bias Tape
    • Smocking over Gathers
    • Ways to Do Honeycomb Smocking
    • How to Do Hand Hemstitching
    • Methods Used for Appliqué Work
  • Making a Tailored Coat and Handling Fur
    • Facing Fronts and Collar
    • Finishing and Interlining
    • Lining a Coat
    • Cutting and Sewing Fur
    • Taping, Padding and Lining Fur
  • Remodeling, Repairing and the Care of Clothing
    • A Jacket from a Man's Coat
    • Changing Length and Combining Materials
    • Worthwhile Remodeling Combinations
    • Make-overs for Children
    • Piecings Accented and Unaccented
    • Renovating Old Fabrics
    • Reinforcing Old Fur
    • Gloves, Shields and Elastics
    • Caring for Clothing
    • Torn-off Buttons and Pulled Seams
    • Repairing a Coat Lining
    • Mending Runs and Dropped Threads
    • Mending Shirt Collars and Cuffs
    • Darning a Hole or a Worn Spot
    • How to Darn a Straight Tear
    • Making a Hemmed Patch
    • Overhand and Catch-Stitched Patches
    • Machine Mending Has Many Uses
    • Mending with Adhesives
    • How to Make a Drawn-in Patch
  • A Dictionary of More than 250 Fabrics and Fabric Terms
  • Index
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 254
Page Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)
Download Size: 99.1 MB
Product Code BETPS9RP45
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