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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Stylish Wraps Sewing Book provides five free full-sized patterns that can be used to create 22 timeless wraps to keep the chill off – and look great in the process. All the sewing designs can be made in a few hours for a fraction of what you would pay in a store. And it is easy to mix and match different fabrics and styles to suit your wardrobe and mood.
Here are just a few of the pieces you can make with this book:
- Casual-to-dressy hooded cape
- Flowing draped jacket or vest
- Loose-and-light linen or wool coat
- Simple, feminine, lightweight poncho
- Ruffled bolero or classic blazer
- Quilted coat or vest
- Faux fur collar or stole
- And many more!
The versatility of the sewing patterns makes it easy to adapt any of the designs to suit your personal style. The patterns are easily adjusted for size, and the soft loose lines work for any figure. Whether your tastes run to ultra-feminine or ultra-classic, this great home-sewing book has something for you!$24.99
Sewing by Heart is a heartfelt sewing book from the creator of Tilda, Tone Finnanger.
In this glorious celebration of her love of fabric, you'll find over 20 sewing, patchwork, appliqué and quilting projects that will bring colour and beauty to your home. Projects include stunning quilts, pretty pillows, sophisticated soft toys and beautiful accessories such as pincushions, pumpkins, flowers, stockings and more – all designed with characteristic Tilda charm.
Featuring gorgeous photography, in-depth instructions and full-size templates, you'll soon be sewing by heart.$39.99
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
Lagom är bäst, or the right amount is best, is a Swedish philosophy that fosters the concept of living a simpler and more balanced life.This book fosters the concept by teaching you how to sew 20 beautiful accessories for your home that combine Scandinavian style with simple and practical design.
Inside, discover quietly stunning items such as a cushion, doorstop, a quilted throw, bunting and a wall hanging, as well as a bag and soft, felt Swedish house shoes; all of which are perfect for transforming your home away from the bustle of everyday life. Each design is made using natural materials such as cotton, linen and wool felt, but can easily be created using spare material and scraps in the house. In addition, full-size templates are also provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book in a safe little pocket.
With step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs accompanying every project, and essential sewing techniques clearly laid out at the beginning, your path to a healthier, relaxing lifestyle has never been easier.
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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing is an instruction manual to the embroidery and hand-sewing techniques and styles used at Alabama Chanin and the School of Making.
Within, readers will find invaluable instruction on technique, as well as two stitching cards containing some of Alabama Chanin's most popular stitch patterns. These patterns are presented in a geometric grid system to make learning the stitches easy and straightforward.
From laying out tools and materials to elaborating on stitches and how to create patterns with them, this book will be your go-to guide for becoming a more informed consumer, an enabled teacher and a better maker in the art of embroidery and hand-stitching.$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.$24.99
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
A cute collection of 50 animal-themed fabric projects include teddy bears, rabbits, birds, sheep, cows, pigs, fish, mice and many more in a range of traditional, bright and natural fabrics and finishes.
There is also a selection of appliqu and embroidery projects, such as an owl mobile-phone pouch, a fish motif glasses case, a seagull cushion and a child's bear-design coat, as well as a key ring, purse, scarf and baby's cot quilt.
Features easy-to-follow instructions along with the full pattern templates.$34.99$14.99
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.
In this final volume of the four-book series, Natalie Chanin offers three new core patterns – the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan – and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. Additional highlights include:
- 9 core garment patterns with up to 34 standard variations, plus 3 bonus pocket patterns
- Patterns from the entire Alabama Studio book series with the additional XXL size
- 5 full-scale stencil designs, plus a free bonus download available from Alabama Chanin’s website
- Useful, convenient CD that minimizes its ecological footprint by conserving paper
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
Discover a roomful of 20 distinctive designs in this budget-friendly collection that young moms will adore.
- Little sewing experience is needed for many patterns
- Versatile projects for at home or on the go include a baby carrier, sleep sack, diaper-change bag and toys
- Use mom-tested patterns to create your own colour-coordinated nursery
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
This book is a guide to how to make your own clothes even if you have never done so before. It even includes multi-sized paper patterns for all the garments so you can get started immediately.
As well as step-by-step instructions for all the basic dressmaking techniques, there are six garments to choose from. The garments include a maxi dress/skirt, jersey top, simple jacket, trousers, fishtail skirt and a shift dress.
The author has also included advanced techniques for optional items such as pockets and collars which you can choose to add to the basic patterns as your skills improve.$49.99