Experienced sewing instructor and blogger Barbara Emodi shares her sewing wisdom to help readers get started or simply hone their existing garment-sewing skills.
Not a sewing reference book as much as a book of experience, this book offers Barbaras thoughts, tips, and tricks on the benefits of sewing, the importance of fit, basic techniques, available tools, patterns and materials, and so much more.
- Droll, well-informed, readable, interesting and useful – the how-to book of sewing wisdom you always wanted
- Get the inside scoop on sizing and alternation, patternless sewing, what to sew and what to buy and many other topics, with mini lessons sprinkled throughout
- Tips and ideas on choosing and using the best fabric, gear and sewing machines
Get ready for summer with the delightful new Tilda book! Sunshine Sewing is full of ideas:
- Get your home ready for the new season with lovely scrap bowls, colourful quilts and unique pillows
- Fabric lemons and colourful starfish are great summer decor or sweet gifts as pin cushions
- Get ready for beach life with summery beach bags
- Sew new Tilda characters for kids like mermaids, Patch Cats and a large cozy and fun Patchwork Octopus
A beautifully presented technique-resource, this is a guide for dressmakers new to the craft and for those who want to take their skills further.
This definitive how-to book features scores of step-by-step sequences showing every kind of technique, from simply using and adapting paper patterns, to specialist couture-inspired seaming techniques that will take your garment-making skills to a new level.
Author Jules Fallon runs a hugely popular and over-subscribed series of dressmaking classes, which means she knows exactly the techniques that everyone gets stuck on. She brings her neat tricks and sage advice to all aspects of the book, and especially to the "Help!" features: troubleshooting fixes for the real-world mistakes that are part of our dressmaking experience.
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With just a little know-how and the right accessories, you can get the most out of your sewing machine and give all your sewing and quilting projects a professional look! Steffani Lincecum shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence.
You'll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formation for every project and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other accessories, from the basics to more specialized tools designed to maximize efficiency, precision and creativity.
The 10 fashion and home decor projects show inventive ways to use some of the feet and accessories.$27.99
Transform your favourite garment patterns, one small detail at a time. Add or remove pockets, adjust the neckline or swap a zippered back to a button front!
With step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and how-to photos, you'll learn to make and sew endless variations on your favourite men's, women's and children's garment patterns, with a professional finish. Whether you have basic sewing skills or are a confident dressmaker, you can learn to be your own fashion designer.
- Give your new handmade wardrobe a professional finish – learn to alter existing patterns using fashion industry methods
- Add stylish details like pockets, plackets and zippers with how-to illustrations and photos, with lots of sewing tricks and tips
- Change up waistlines, shirt yokes, necklines, sleeves, cuffs and more to adapt your favourite garment or develop your limitless fashion wardrobe
For debonair gentlemen who eschew denim in favour of tweed, and feel that grooming and gallantry should not be consigned to history, this book will prove extremely diverting.
Featuring a cornucopia of elegant garments and accessories to sew, this beautifully illustrated tome is full of inspiration and charm. Including beautiful garments such as pyjamas, waistcoat, trousers and jacket, plus indispensable accessories such as cravat, flat cap and wallet there's something for every fellow who's looking to be more urbane than urban.
Whether you make these smart projects for yourself or a loved one, this selection of spiffing sartorial gems will put a spring in anyone's step.$34.99
Here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style.
Create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree), a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care. These wintery items will make your season merry and bright.$22.99
Featuring 20 fabric flowers to adorn shoes, bags, clothes, hairclips or interiors and they are all simple to sew. Learn how to make an embroidered felt daisy, a shabby chic flower, a vintage tulle flower and much more.
Stitch instructions are included, templates are supplied and you will need to add the required finding to turn the flower into a finished piece; Sew-on, Stick-on or Permanent attachment.
Most of the flowers can be made in an afternoon to complement the dress you are wearing that night!$13.99
Give a new lease on life to a favourite old skirt, transform thrift store finds into runway-worthy fashions with clever customisations and how to make and decorate a skirt from scratch using the handy bound-in pattern template.
For sewers of all levels, you will learn how to:
- Manipulate fabric to create amazing effects such as ruffles, loops, and layers
- Produce unusual decorations using beads, buttons, badges, ribbons and myriad found objects
- Create unique prints and patterns with pens, paints and foil
Includes step-by-step instructions and inspirational exercises to get creativity flowing.$39.99$17.99
More sensational bag-making projects from the author of The Bag Making Bible.
The book features:
- 12 new bag designs plus several accessories and variations, all designed to be both attractive and useful for busy bag-makers on the go
- Instructions to make bags of different sizes to suit every occasion, from purses and organisers to grocery bags and backpacks
- Full-size patterns on three separate pull-out sheets so that you can get started right away – no photocopying or enlarging required
- Detailed instructions for all techniques, including using a sewing machine and a new zip technique
Aimed at anyone who has ever wanted to create their own garment from scratch or just fix a hem.
Covers machine and hand sewing techniques, with over 180 sewing techniques explained. All techniques are meticulously demonstrated with step-by-step photographs to achieve a professional outcome. Readers are encouraged to develop their own creativity with plenty of hints and tips used by professional sewers.
Includes sewing machine basics, equipment and supplies, working with patterns and fabrics and troubleshooting tips.$34.99
This extensive how-to text focuses on garment construction for smocking enthusiasts and is the ideal companion to the A–Z of Smocking.
Presented in an easy to use style, this book is overflowing with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and invaluable hints for creating beautiful heirloom garments from blouses to bridesmaids' dresses.
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The authors have created a book packed full of designs for bags, accessories and delightful items for the home in a style that is fresh and feminine.
Each project is carefully described with an emphasis on the function and practicality of the projects, which are divided into five sections: gifts, family-life projects, household items, personal items, and garden and entertainment decorations. The sewing designs are characterized by a simple, vintage-floral-patterned style.
- Contains 19 sewing projects suitable for all abilities
- Includes a fold-out sheet at the back of the book containing all the pattern pieces reproduced actual size
- The soft, feminine styles will appeal to contemporary as well as more traditional home-makers
This festive collection from designer Julie Creus brings together bright fabrics, ingenious construction methods and a large dash of whimsy to make 3-D effects like you’ve never seen before in fabric. From lily pad table runners to extravagant flower brooches to giant butterfly fans, these projects are fun to make for yourself, your children, and your home.
Julie’s inventive methods make the sewing easy, whether you are a beginning sewist or an expert.
- Create usable 3-D art with ingenious new techniques for fabric folding, fusing, weaving and thread wrapping
- 20 vibrant projects – jewellery, table decor, pillows, sewing accessories, holiday decorations, children’s softies and balls
- Scrap-friendly projects are usable as well as beautiful and fun to make
Projects and stories celebrating hand-sewing, quilting, and embroidery for contemporary sustainable style.
Internationally acclaimed designer shares the traditional techniques, learnt from her family, that she and her stitchers have refined to create their handmade Alabama couture from recycled cotton jersey. She discusses Alabama's cotton industry's rise and fall / why she is dedicated to creating sustainable designs.
Features 20 projects, stencil, bead embroidery postcard, reusable sewing patterns.$39.99
Alabama Studio Sewing + Design is an invaluable reference for any woman who has dreamed of creating her own gorgeous handmade wardrobe.
Author Natalie Chanin presents all of the stenciling, hand-stitching and beading techniques her company uses to create her award-winning line of organic cotton clothing, plus more than 50 variations that lead to infinite design possibilities.
Includes patterns and instructions for dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, fingerless gloves and a hat. Each piece is featured in both its basic form and with varying embellishment combinations. By mixing, matching and layering, a stunning, unique and versatile wardrobe can be built.
Take a compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration! The author shares her stitching, stenciling, and beading methods and applies them to twenty extraordinary clothing and home décor projects, each made with organic or recycled materials and designed with 'haute homespun' flair.
Featured projects include skirts, scarves, pillows, woven chair seats, and a stenciled scrap-wood table. The book shows us that true style encompasses not only what we wear, how we decorate, and what we eat, but also how we care for our environment.$44.99
New Fabric Savvy is updated to include detailed information on 107 different fabrics. It includes must-know information on determining fabric content, working with knits, working with different types of interfacing as well as removing stains and choosing lining material, recommended tools and notions and illustrated reference sections on seams, details, closures and hems.
Organised alphabetically, the 107 fabrics include old favourites (cotton, wool, knits and silks) to new options, some of which you might never have heard of or sewn with – synthetics, those that resist water, sun, stains and wrinkles, those made from animal hides and, of course, their faux cousins, those regenerated from wood pulp and many more.$54.99$39.99
This mouthwateringly colourful book contains 20 beautiful bags to sew from popular designer Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. It includes a huge variety of different styles and sizes, from totes and bucket bags to backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, and Debbie makes each one easy.
The book contains a complete guide to all the techniques needed, shown using easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. Also included is a section on creating beautiful finishing touches, including embroidery, appliqué, crocheted flowers, beaded charms and labelling. All the templates required are included on a handy pull-out sheet.
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Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine.
Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customisation. Eight full size patterns on a separate pullout section mean you can get started right away-no photocopying or enlarging required.$44.99$39.99
Sew chic, dark-toned clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe. All of the styles and fashion are easily customized to create your own personal style, and there is truly something for everyone and every occasion in this book.
- 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions
- Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes
- Thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed
- Includes a complete pattern for each design that is easily adjusted to fit your body form
Don't just say it ... sew it! This charming collection of lets everyone in your life know how much you love them. With patterns for all skill levels, step-by-step directions and plenty of inspiring ideas for personalizing each gift, Because I Love You Sew is undeniably straight from the heart.
- Make handmade gifts for family, friends, co-workers, kids or even yourself!
- Featuring 17 gift-giving projects, perfect for all skill levels
- Projects include quilts, bags, holiday décor, accessories and so much more
Whether youre looking to refresh, transform or personalise your clothing, soft furnishings or fabric accessories, or to dye fabric so that you can create brand-new items, this book has you covered.
This simple but rich and informative book contains everything you need to know to start dyeing. It shows you how to create 12 dazzling dye effects from tie-dyeing and dip-dyeing to creating checks, lines, droplets and bubbles and then shows you how to put them into practice to create 21 gorgeous sewn projects, ranging from bags and pillows to towels, scarves and clothing.
It offers advice on dyeing printed fabrics and working with a base colour, as well as guidance on washing and maintaining dyed fabric. The dyeing techniques are created either in the washing machine, by hand or in the microwave, and clear instructions are given for each method. The book focuses on readily-available chemical dyes, but the dye effects could transfer to natural types as well. All the sewing steps are explained clearly, with handy illustrations to provide clarity where necessary.
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Learn how to get the most out of your sewing machine with this comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide.
There are 15 gorgeous projects to make including cushions, shoulder bags, soft toys and quilts. Full-size, fold-out patterns accompany the designs and 50 illustrated step-by-step lessons will guide you through all you need to get started.
This book is a fantastic resource for those new to machine sewing and a great source of inspiration and ideas for more experienced sewers.$34.99
Designer Vanessa Arbuthnott guides you through 50 projects all with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions.
The projects range from the simplest of pillow covers for the novice stitcher, through to lined curtains with an array of different headings, shades, bed throws, and table linen. There is also a chapter on accessories, such as a cook’s apron, and table mats, which would all be a great starting point if you want to brush up on your skills before tackling a larger project.
There is plenty of advice on selecting fabrics, using colour, cutting out, matching pattern repeats, piping and hand-stitching, as well as a techniques section covering the basic sewing skills you will need. Guidance on measuring for curtains and shades, and on ways to hang them, as well as instructions for valances and an upholstered cornice, make this a complete introduction to sewing your own window treatments, and more.$39.99
Follow Wendy Ward’s tutorials to make a wide range of stylish skirts. From 8 basic shapes — circle, A-line, stretch pencil, wrap, bubble, tailored pencil, front-opening and culottes — you will learn the skills to make variations that have pockets, colour blocking, gathers, ruching, darts and much more.
All the basic techniques you will need are also explained, so you’ll feel confident with essentials like inserting zippers, attaching waistbands, gathering, pleats, making buttonholes and adding linings. There are also handy hints and tips on how to take measurements and on choosing the right fabric.
Upsate your wardrobe with unique skirts that are a perfect fit. Includes three full-size pattern sheets for US dress sizes 4 to 22.$39.99