Sewing techniques are sometimes overlooked in the design process but acquiring these skills can be transformational. The ability to turn a two-dimensional design into its three-dimensional realization comes from having mastered basic sewing techniques. Sewing Techniques simplifies the often complex techniques that lie behind this process by arming designers with the precise information and skills needed to undertake each task.
Designers who develop a basic understanding of the processes involved in sample and garment construction often produce successful outcomes based on a more experimental and creative approach applied during the product development process. Developing a sample folio and being able to refer to samples and develop them according to each individual design project is a process that requires experimentation and creative thought underpinned by a basic understanding of sewing techniques. This book explores the essential equipment needed - from fabric types to diagrams identifying component parts of a sewing machine, to machine operation.
Throughout each process, clear diagrams accompanied by explanatory description panels allow readers to achieve the best possible results, including how to troubleshoot problems that may be encountered before and during sewing. Each section concludes with a project, progressing from easy to challenging. Fabrics for each project give designers the opportunity to handle different fabric types and understand the complexities of sourcing and selecting. Mastering the basic principles covered in Sewing Techniques will enable both fashion students and the contemporary craftworker to develop their techniques with a view to becoming creative practice-based professionals.
Jennifer Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer in Design and Product Development at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and teaches both design and garment technology.
Chapter one: Planning Planning the project Essential equipment Lockstitch Machine accessories/ lockstitch needle Sewing threads Activity 1: Basic seams Troubleshooting Interview 1: Mada Van Gaans Chapter two: Preparation Design interpretation Crucial measurements Shaping Fabric types and selection Pressing and steaming Sample folio Activity 2: Needle control Activity 3: Curved seams Troubleshooting Interview 2: Ada Zanditon Chapter three: Closures Zips Buttons and buttonholes Hooks and eyes and press studs Sample portfolio - recording/reviewing the process Activity 4: Inserting a zip into a seam Troubleshooting Interview 3: Jonathan Jepson Chapter four: Professional finishing Behind the scenes Interview 3: Yvonne Lin Interview 4: Emma Hardstaff Interview 5: Funmilayo Deri Interview 6: Louise Bennetts Case study 1: Elie Saab Chapter five: Toile/muslin/prototype development Fit model/mannequin/form Form and silhouette Garment balance Making alterations Deconstruction and reconstruction Developing your own portfolio Texture Darts Sleeves Collars and cuffs Pockets Case study 2: Victoria Whittaker Interview 7: Lea Peckre Chapter six: Innovation within industry Introduction to technology Technology vs. traditional methodsFuture textiles Conclusion; Glossary of sewing terms; Online resources; Bibliography; Index;Acknowledgements and picture credits