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Make, Sew and Mend: Traditional Techniques to Sustainably Maintain and Refashion Your Clothes

Make, Sew and Mend: Traditional Techniques to Sustainably Maintain and Refashion Your Clothes

by Bernadette Banner


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New York Times Bestseller

Learn the Historically Proven Stitches Every Seamster Needs with Beloved Historical Fashion YouTuber Bernadette Banner

Whether you are just getting started with sustainable fashion and need to alter your new secondhand finds, or you want an introduction to sewing techniques for making your own clothes, Bernadette Banner’s signature voice will guide you through all the traditional stitches and techniques you need to extend the life of your favorite pieces and take fashion into your own hands!

From tips and tricks on choosing your materials and preparing your fabric for sewing to more complex techniques like mending small holes, adding pockets to garments, making your own buttons and beyond—this book has everything you need. Complete with step-by-step photos and insight into what alterations each sewing technique is best suited for, Bernadette walks you through every step of your sewing journey. For added inspiration, this book also includes profiles on exciting voices in the historic sewing community and their perspectives on how taking fashion into their own hands has changed their lives for the better. Make, Sew and Mend is the perfect foundation for beginner sewers to start making their fashion their own.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645674863
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 964
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Bernadette Banner is a popular historical fashion YouTuber best known for her research on Victorian and Edwardian dress and sewing techniques. She has appeared in videos for Glamour and formerly worked in costume design for Broadway. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Feature: Dandy Wellington 10

Preparing Materials 11

Choosing' Materials 13

Identifying Fiber Content 16

Anatomy of the Cloth 21

Preparing the Fabric 24

Cutting Out 26

Thread Marking 30

Precision Tip: Drawing Threads 33

Pinning 34

Piecing Is Period 36

Feature: Claudia Vogt 37

The Stitches 39

Sewing That Stands the Test of Time 40

Essential Tools 40

Nice-to-Have Tools 47

Starting and Finishing the Thread 49

Stitches to Know 55

Running Stitch 55

Basting 56

Backstitch 59

Half Backstitch 60

Combination Stitch 61

Whipstitch 63

Herringbone Stitch 66

Pad Stitching 69

Feature: Yang Cheon Shik 72

Applications 73

Finishing the Edges 75

Pinking 76

Overcasting 79

Binding 80

Turn and Fell 85

Counter Hems 90

French Seams 93

A Matter of Pressing Importance 94

Closures 97

Buttonhole Stitch 99

Buttonholes 100

Button Loops 104

Making Buttons from Your Fabric 107

Eyelets 111

Lacing Patterns 115

Hooks & Eyes 119

A Little Something Special 124

Pleats 124

Gathers 128

Lace Insertion 135

Pin fucks 141

Smocking 145

Feature: Sophia Khan 148

Practical Alterations 149

Rehemming 150

Adding Gussets to Sleeves 154

Adding Pockets 161

Feature: Embry Whitmore 170

Care and Feeding Making Clothes Last 171

Prevention 173

Mending 175

Darning 176

Patching 180

Reattaching Buttons 183

Conclusion 189

Glossary 190

End Notes 192

Bibliography 194

Acknowledgments 195

About the Author 196

Index 197

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