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Couture Tailoring

A Construction Guide for Women's Jackets

Claire Shaeffer


Bestselling author Claire Shaeffer teaches you everything you need to know to design and sew the perfect jacket in Couture Tailoring: A Construction Guide for Women’s Jackets, the perfect guide for fashion students.

Based on couture techniques learnt from master tailors, this book begins with the equipment, materials, design elements, and sewing and construction techniques used in all types of tailoring. Part Two provides an illustrated step-by-step guide to making a couture jacket, explaining all the design options and alternative methods for making every element including collars, sleeves and pockets.

Includes over 900 step-by-step illustrations throughout and photographs of couture jackets by Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and more.

Claire Shaeffer is the author of more than 20 books and taught college-level sewing courses for 22 years. She has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco Fine Arts Museum.