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Michaela C
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« on: June 11, 2014, 04:39:25 PM »

Hi ladies! I have been thinking about buying the Dressmaker's Guide and would like to know a little more about what different topics are included. Sorry, I didn't know where else to put this.
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 06:15:24 PM »

It's worth every penny!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014, 09:04:57 PM »

By all means, don't leave home, or even start sewing, without it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014, 09:26:08 PM »

What topics are included? UM, EVERYTHING.

It will walk you through everything you need to make, from your undies to your slat bonnet and everything in between. It will teach you how to modify the patterns you have, and draft the ones you don't, and drape as well. Gauging, pleating, hemming, buttonholes, eyelets, hooks and eyes...every single technique you would want or need to know.

My copy sits next to my chair in the living room, where I can grab it at all times.

If you're spending any money on patterns, put that money towards buying a copy of the Dressmaker's Guide. It's not expensive, and you will never buy another pattern again. You NEED IT.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 05:21:48 PM »

Table of Contents:
'An introduction to the mid-19 century
The evolution of fashion 1840-1865, the use of croquis
A dressmaking primer, textiles, stocking a workbox, dress forms, stitch and technique library
chemises
corsets
drawers
petticoat and underskirts
Bodices: Draping and patterns, sleeves
Bodice construction details
Skirt techniques
Accessories
Important things at the back of the book, croquis.

I would say definitely worth the price! A wealth of information, even if some of it overlaps with some of the articles in the compendium.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2014, 10:56:22 AM »

The overlap is because Compendium selections are excerpts from Dressmaker's Guide. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 11:00:40 AM »

Welcome to the Sewing Academy Michaela!

First off I just have to say I love your name. Not that I'm biased or anything  Wink

Yes, you will definitely not regret getting The Dressmaker's Guide. My copy is so well used that the binding is ripping!
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 10:52:16 AM »

Michaela C - I agree with everything said here!  The Dressmaker's Guide is the best purchase I've made!  When I asked about resources (I'm a historical sewing newbie!) this was the first book everyone suggested (next to joining the Sewing Academy forum).  Totally worth the price - good luck to you and happy sewing Cheesy
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