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9780070541634 From the front flap of this 130 page book: "In this sewing book for beginning and professional dressmakers, award-winning designer Roxane, explains the techniques used in the workrooms of the world's great couturiers. According to Roxane couture sewing is an art form - there is a wrong way and a right way of going about a creative project, and in [this book] she demonstrates the tried and true, professionally right methods for sewing a couture wardrobe. She deals with specifics and reveals the technical secrets that take the novice out of the world of the amateur and into the heady realm of couture design. Beginning with a list of sewing aids that will make the job go smoothly, the author then discusses patterns, the art of fitting, and gives easy-to-follow instructions for constructing a dress form. She explains why and how professionals follow certain procedures, describes the use of underlinings and interfacings, and gives couture tips for setting in a zipper, making buttonholes, pockets, collars, cuffs, sleeves, and hems. She also talks about fabrics and how to use them most effectively, and tells what designs, fabrics, and colors will best compensate for figure problems. Her suggestions for coping with sudden changes and shifts in style are practical and easy to adapt. In addition, Roxane has included several of her own classic, basic patterns for dresses, coats, pants, and suits. The book is liberally illustrated with detailed how-to sketches. There is no facet of fashion that is unknown to Roxane. Not only does she create beautiful designs, but she knows the most intricate details of couture sewing."