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Cara is a sweet tunic top and fun pants with hem detail
Use light to medium fabric for the top and medium weight for the pants.
Sizes XS – 2XL
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$35.00
Boutis, also known as Provençal quilting, is a specific sewing technique dating back to the 17th-19th centuries, developed mainly in and around Marseilles. Used initially to embellish corsets, baby apparel and bedspreads, Boutis work developed into more elaborate and ornate attire, such as wedding dresses and swaddling clothes, as well as trousseaux and other luxury goods. Patterns are revealed via narrow tunnels that are stuffed with yarn, creating raised areas giving off both shadow and light.
In this book, Kumiko Nakayama has carefully hand-drawn all of her diagrams and patterns so as to ensure the finesse that this long-lost art represents. The 21 projects of varying difficulties are explained in detail and accompanied with elegant photos – a wedding skirt, lamp shade, purses, baby bib and bonnet, silk cuffs and collar, tablecloth – there is a project for everyone!
For those who are curious about learning this gorgeous art, a project specifically geared to beginners is thoughtfully outlined to ensure success. Also included are three diagrams to make tunnels of different widths, depending upon the project you choose to make.
From Quiltmania with text in English and French. Includes full size pattern pull-outs.$69.99
Sew Barbie this cute wardrobe of 24 stylish outfits.
Sew clothes for every day: jeans and a tie-waist shirt for a picnic in the country, a fleecy jumper and trousers for skiing, a bikini, towel and sunhat for the beach or dungarees for DIY. Or create outfits for special occasions, such as a floral cocktail dress, A-line wedding dress or a formal lacy dress for the theatre. And why not dip into the dressing-up box with fairy, mermaid and superwoman costumes?
The detailed explanations are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams and real-size patterns, which can be adapted for petite, curvy, tall or original Barbie. The techniques used are simple and the outfits can be sewn by hand or on the machine. These are ideal projects for upcycling old clothes or making use of scraps of fabric from your stash.
Look inside the book.$34.99
A well-rounded introduction to the art of basic oil painting, Beginning Oil describes and explains everything needed to paint your own oil masterpieces, including tools and materials, colour essentials and theory, design and composition, still life painting, landscape painting, plein air painting and more.
Basic oil techniques are clearly explained and beautifully illustrated, allowing readers to master key concepts and then put them into practice. Step-by-step exercises then allow aspiring artists to mimic and practice each technique within a larger work, making oil painting approachable and accessible to artists of all skill levels.$27.99
The book has the pattern for Sue Spargo's Fresh Cut quilt featuring wool appliqué, layering and embroidery. The finished quilt size is 125 x 125 cm.
Includes the patterns for two bonus projects, the English Garden Needle Roll and the Fresh Cut Sewing Box!$44.99
Princess Dress: A shapely A-line dress with princess seams, asymmetrical neckline and sleeve variations. The simplicity of this dress is what makes it so lovely. What you don't see when looking at it is the hidden attention to detail, the curve of the asymmetrical neckline, the limited ease throughout the torso and waist and how that flows into the line of the skirt. Sizes 4–22.
One Seam Wrap: This one seam tie wrap is simplicity itself. One pattern piece with only sleeve seams, ties softly at the centre front, is the perfect accent for the princess seam dress. No unflattering gathers that add weight and bulk. Sizes SM–XL.
Suggested Fabrics: Knit fabrics with at least 50% cross-grain stretch will be best.$29.00