Dressmaking Made Easy

Dressmaking Made Easy
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Originally published in the 1910s, Dressmaking Made Easy sets forth the quickest and best method for every operation in sewing. It's a handy book of reference in which the making of any part of a garment can be easily looked up.

The book was based on the author's years of experience in manufacturing patterns and making garments. "The making of a whole garment may seem a difficult proposition, but when thought of in individual parts, it resolves itself into simple operations. It is merely a series of joining seams, turning edges for hems, and sewing pieces together for pockets and other trimmings. Any woman who can run a sewing machine can join the pieces, if she knows how to place the goods and where to stitch," said the author.

Contents Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Preparing the Material and Cutting
    • To Shrink Woolens or Cottons in Woolen Finish
    • To Shrink Wash Fabrics
    • To Set Blue, Brown or Brownish Red Shades
    • To Set Green, Mauve, Purple or Purplish Red Shads
    • Proper Tools
    • Laying the Pattern on the Goods
    • To Match Plaids
    • Marking Around the Pattern and Indicating the Perforations
    • Cutting
    • Pressing
  • Hand Sewing
    • Running Stitch
    • Back Stitch
    • Basting
    • Felling
    • Blind Stitching
    • Overcastting
    • Padding Stitch
    • Buttonholes
    • Sewing on Buttons
    • Tailor's Tacks
  • Seams and Their Uses
    • Open Seams
    • French Seams
    • Double Stitched Seams
    • Lap Felled Seams
    • Slot Seam
    • Hemstitched Seams
    • Seam Beading
  • Tucks, Pleats and Fullness
    • Pin Tucks
    • Side Tucks
    • Side Pleats
    • Box Pleats
    • Double Box Pleats
    • Simulated Box Pleats
    • Inverted Box Pleat
    • Plain Shirring
    • Tuck Shirring
    • Cord Shirring
    • To Keep Shirring Equally Distributed
  • Closings and Plackets
    • Closings with Hems
    • Facings and Extensions
    • Blind Closings
    • Closing Under Tucks
    • Box Pleat Closings
    • Simulated Box Pleat Closings
    • Applied Box Pleat Closings
    • Closings at Shoulder, Armhole and Underarm
    • Slash Closings with Pleats Below
    • Continuous Facings
    • Skirt Plackets
    • The Fly on Boy's Trousers
    • The Front of Men's Underdrawers
  • Pockets
    • Patch Pockets
    • Slash Pockets
    • Boys' Trousers Pockets
  • Sleeves and How to Hang Them
    • Sleeve Vents
    • Cuffs
    • To Measure a Sleeve
    • To Make a Sleeve Smaller at the Top
    • To Make a Sleeve Narrower from Top to Bottom
    • To Increase the Size of a Sleeve at the Top
    • To Widen a Sleeve from Top to Bottom
    • To Shorten a Sleeve
    • To Lengthen a Sleeve
    • Testing a Sleeve to See if it Will Twist
    • Adding Reach Room to a Sleeve
    • Shirt Sleeves
    • Waist Sleeves Having Seams Matching Underarm Seams
    • Sleeves with Seams that do not Match Underarm Seams
    • Sleeves with Fullness at the Top
  • Finishing
    • Darts
    • Facings
    • Casings
    • To Miter Corners
    • Lining Trimming Pieces
    • Yokes
    • Collars
    • Finishing the Neck
    • Slashed Openings at the Neck
    • Waistbands
    • Inside Belts of Grosgrain Belting
    • Hemming the Bottom of Skirts
    • The Top of Boys' Trousers
  • Trimming
    • Bound Buttonholes
    • Piping
    • Binding
    • Cording
    • Air Cording
    • Hemstitching with an Ordinary Sewing Machine
    • Lace Insertion
    • Lace Edging
  • Be Your Own Designer
    • How to Use a Block Waist Pattern
    • How to Use a Block Skirt Pattern
    • How to Hang Your Own Skirt
  • Coat Making
    • Shrink the Materials
    • Canvasing the Front
    • Taping the Edges
    • The Collar
    • Joining the Collar and Front Facings to the Coat
    • Staying the Lower Edge
    • The Sleeve
    • Lining a Coat
    • Unlined Coats
    • The Pressing is Important
  • Fitting
    • How to Fit Sloping Shoulders
    • How to Fit Square Shoulders
    • If the Garment is Shortwaisted
    • If the Garment is Longwaisted
    • If the Figure is Overly Erect
    • If the Figure is Stooping
    • Out Sizes
    • What Makes the Neck of a Garment Stand Away from the Figure
    • If the Front Edges of a Coat Hang Apart When the Coat is Unbuttoned
    • Skirts that Twist
  • Index
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 145
Page Size: B5 (176mm × 250mm)
Download Size: 31.7 MB
Product Code DRES5A2L45