Over the time that I've been making clothing I've had to learn a variety of interesting techniques. I never appreciated how much sewing a french seam or making one's own facing can transport a costume from crappy to professional looking before I started actually doing things like that. Those little details can make for much nicer and much more durable clothes.
Since I've got pictures that I took while constructing garments I thought I would write some sort tutorials for some of the techniques I've found most helpful.
I also found the following books very helpful in learning to make generally higher quality clothes:
- Coats & Clark's Sewing Book: Newest Methods from A to Z
- Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques edited by Kristina Harris
- Shirtmaking : developing skills for fine sewing by David Page Coffin
- High-fashion sewing secrets from the world's best designers : a step-by-step guide to sewing stylish seams, buttonholes by Claire B. Shaeffer
- Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear by Susan Khalje
- Make your own Japanese clothes : patterns and ideas for modern wear by John Marshall