"Sewing for the Apparel Industry" is a textbook aimed for students of Fashion Design and similar studies. This book is designed to teach the use of ba...more"Sewing for the Apparel Industry" is a textbook aimed for students of Fashion Design and similar studies. This book is designed to teach the use of basic industrial equipment and sewing operations used in apparel manufacturing. It is a very detailed book with illustrations and a few black and white photos. It will teach you in great detail all relevant skills that are used in garment production. At a first glance this book might seem unappealing, because it has a lot of text and illustrations instead of photos, but I found that it is full of invaluable information. The illustrations could have indeed been better substituted by colour photos, but besides that, I found it a very interesting read. There are sample patterns available to make all the practice exercises in this book. Cost evaluation and cost reducing methods are discussed.(less)
Great photographs showing a lot of details, cute wearable designs, but a big minus for the patterns on CD. Every seamstress checks the measurements on...moreGreat photographs showing a lot of details, cute wearable designs, but a big minus for the patterns on CD. Every seamstress checks the measurements on the pattern first, before deciding what changes need to be made if any. In this case you will have to rely on the size chart of the book and print the pattern out first, before you can measure it. If you then find out that you would have preferred the smaller or bigger size, you can start all over again, gluing all those pages together. Some garments and sizes can take more than 60 pages to print out. I live in a country where DIN A4 format is standard and I printed the pattern out through Illustrator. It was a lot of work to do, creating first a new document, changing the printing settings to DIN A4 and then copying the pattern from the CD into that document (I found that some patterns could not be selected and copied while others could be, strange). This will allow you to print out the pattern on DIN A4 paper, but you will lose all the markings that make it so easy to piece the original pattern together. My printout didn't match perfectly in some places and I was unhappy with the result. Finally I decided to buy American Quarto paper (8.5 x 11) and print the pattern again, the 500 sheets of US letter size paper cost me 15AUD$. Now the printout matches perfectly and was "easy" to make the lines match, but you need a lot of space. I had "only" 36 pages to piece together, but there are patterns that need more than 60 pages. The patterns don't contain bust, waist or hip markings, which would have been helpful.
The instructions given in the book are very basic and a beginning sewer probably won't be able to sew any of these patterns relying only on them. This book is more aimed to the intermediate to advanced sewer, who already has some experience in garment making. The author gives great tips regarding the materials used for each garment. It is exactly stated what material and fabric was used for each garment to make it easier for your for what fabric to look for. The fabrics used in this book are often pricey, like silk and wool-blends.
In my opinion the content of the book is absolutely great and worth reading. The garments are nice and can indeed be worn by younger and more mature women. I really enjoyed reading it and I will make lots of garments from this book; I am already working on my first project from this book. Nevertheless, paper patterns would have been so much easier to handle and they wouldn't have cost you an arm and a leg. Ink for the printer and so much paper has its price and is an additional cost, above all for those who live in countries where DIN A4 format is standard. 500 sheets of DIN A4 cost me around 5 bucks. To find someone who sells American Quarto in Australia took me ages and 500 sheets cost me 15 AUD$.(less)