“The Book of the Week”

Each week, FashionLab’s editors pick a must have book for your bookshelf.

A surefire bible for any sewer

“High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World’s Best Designers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, And More” by Claire B. Schaeffer is, according to Fashion Designer Victor Costa, “a surefire bible for any sewer who yearns to copy the high-priced couture garments seen at retail” and we couldn’t more agree. This book provides clear, complete directions for incorporating timeless high-fashion sewing tips into any clothing projects.

Illustrated, step-by-step instructions let you duplicate the design details made famous in expensive ready-to-wear 

In her work, internationally known sewing expert Claire Schaeffer reveals secrets of high-fashion legends such as Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Liz Claiborne, and Calvin Klein. Schaeffer shows well known designer ready-to-wear garments with an interesting construction method or detail, and then explains, step-by-step and in detail, how to reproduce itPlus, Claire’s timesaving patternmaking and copying methods can be used to create one-of-a-kind, original garments.

The book is illustrated by Glee Barre


  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (February 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579544150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579544157
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