Even experienced stitchers are often wary of working with stretch knit fabrics, but in this book the author demystifies the techniques needed and shows how to sew stretchy makes on a regular sewing machine – no need for a fancy overlocker. However, if you are already an overlocker owner, the book offers a user-friendly introduction to threading and stitching with this machine too.
Aimed at dressmakers who have grasped the basics and want to expand their sewing horizons, Tilly Walnes' tried-and-tested, learn-as-you-make approach is structured around five made-to-measure, speedy-to-sew garments. Her friendly instructions and the clear step-by-step photographs are accompanied by lots of tips and tricks to make your sewing a breeze, and the multiple variations and ideas will help you customise your garment to suit your own style.
The book includes four complete, multi-size patterns: Stella Hoodie, Bibi Skirt, Freya Sweater, Frankie T-Shirt.$39.99
Stitch up a storm with these stash-friendly projects from quilt and fabric lovers’ favourite creative force: Spoonflower. Discover all that you can make with just a metre or two!
Spoonflower – a design-your-own/print-on-demand fabric company known for its unique, clever and must-have designs – presents simple step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by templates and pattern pieces for projects designed to be completed in just a few hours. Get inspired and turn your favourite fabric into a lovely garland, stylish tote, children’s tent and all sorts of other accessories for home and fashion. With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, this book is perfect for both new and experienced sewists.$49.99
These 15 tote bag designs are created using the rigid plastic templates contained within the book; these two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus they are simple to position and use there is no need to pin them.
The 15 totes are each made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings, to create 15 very different results. The templates can also be used for your own further design variations, as you mix and match the techniques covered within the book using Debbie's advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.
Each project is explained using hertrademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates.
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Scandinavian fashion has long been admired for its stylish and clean-lined cuts and aesthetic. Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty of Scandinavian style. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions, this book shows you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe – complete with a collection of 10 garments.
- An enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirts and trousers for the modern seamstress that are easy to make, wear and combine with each other
- Inspiration to not only to build your sewing repertoire but also to grow in confidence with your own sewing
- 10 full-size pattern sheets are included in sizes 8 to 20, with concise information on measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit
A capsule wardrobe is timeless, stylish and effortlessly chic. Composed of go-to pieces that can be dressed up or down, it is the perfect antidote to the overstuffed drawers and ill-fitting cheap outfits that are the result of years of fast fashion on the high street.
In this practical but inspiring book, the authors present sewing patterns and instructions for the five key pieces that will form the basis of your own capsule wardrobe:
- A great shift dress
- Well-fitting trousers
- A simple yet stylish skirt
- A light blouse
- A jersey vest
Their focus is on quality and fit – all the patterns can be adapted to fit and suit you perfectly, whether you prefer long, short or cap sleeves, high or low waistbands, and slim, straight or wide legged trousers. Once you've created your items you can then mix and match them to create a variety of looks and styles. Aimed at advanced beginners, the book guides you through how to measure yourself and all the techniques you will need.$39.99
In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way.
In her characteristically friendly and easy-to-follow style, Debbie begins with a section on sewing room essentials. This is your first peek into Debbie’s sewing room, where she guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There is also a troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems.
The second section covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie's focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas.
The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.
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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
Alistair MacDonald has created 20 fantastic designs for mini bunting to decorate your home or party venue for special occasions or at any time.
There will be something for everyone among Alistair's fresh, modern and quirky designs, which include mistletoe bunting for Christmas, tweedy bunting with button ladybirds, green shamrock bunting for St Patrick's day and flag themed bunting with gold ropes and a skull and crossbones.
Techniques are explained at the beginning with diagrams, and then it is straight on to 20 fantastic designs.$13.99
All the techniques you could ever need, plus homespun secrets, hints & timesaving tips. Improve your skills, speed up sewing time & make garments, accessories & home projects with a pro finish. Captioned colour photo steps & diagrams demo sewing & surface decoration methods in the order you'll need them, or dip in & out for specific help. 'Try it' & 'Fix it' panels show useful inspirations & troubleshooting ideas.$29.99$11.99
This updated edition features a revised introduction and list of designers followed by chapters dedicated to a particular technique. Each garment is illustrated through detailed photography and line drawings and is accompanied by a commentary by leading experts in textiles and fashion.
Revealing the elaborate embroidery, intricate pleats and daring cuts that make up some of the 20th century's most beautiful garments, this book explores the specific techniques used by couturiers as tastes and textile technologies evolved. Work by designers such as Mariano Fortuny, Madeleine Vionnet, Paul Poiret, Hubert de Givenchy, Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood is rediscovered, and exquisite haute-couture pieces, from sequinned Chanel trouser suits and richly embroidered Schiaparelli jackets to striking Balenciaga creations and Dior evening gowns, are examined.
An extraordinary exploration of the techniques used by couturiers in the construction of these exceptional garments, 20th-Century Fashion in Detail will delight all followers of fashion.$49.99
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
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
Discover 20 colourful contemporary projects for the nursery and beyond. Make a wrap blanket, imaginative plush toys, bright nappy bags, handy travel bibs, comfy clothes and much more.
Pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover while lay-flat spiral binding makes for easy reference while sewing. Beautiful photos inspire while illustrations and simple instructions explain the techniques.
Amy also shares tips on choosing baby-friendly fabrics and includes a comprehensive techniques section glossary and resource guide. Designed for babies 0 to twelve months and their mothers.$34.99$14.99
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
Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space.
These 40 quick and easy projects – made of paper, fabric, felt and more – make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.$29.99
This easy-to-use beginner's sewing book contains 20 stylish and contemporary bag designs, from tote bags and box bags, to a courier bag, a sports bag and a bowling bag. A range of techniques, styles, fabrics and finishes is used to ensure that you can create exactly the bag you want.
The projects are interspersed with 20 step-by-step techniques so that you can treat the book as a course and work through it in order, trying out the techniques as you go, or simply pick and choose your favourite styles. Each of the bags is graded 'beginner level', 'intermediate level' or 'confident' to help you. The projects and techniques are explained with a mix of photographs and illustrations to provide the clearest possible instruction. All the pattern pieces required are given at full size on the pull-out template sheet at the back of the book.
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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 spruce up your interiors with this amazing guide to sewing for the home. Gloria Nicol will teach you everything you need to know to make all sorts of exciting projects to brighten up your windows, bed linens, pillows, lampshades, chairs and much more.
Written for complete beginners, this inspiring handbook guides you through 50 ideas that are simple and easy to complete. Each project includes a list of materials, foolproof step-by-step illustrated instructions and creative variations on the project – for example learn how to make a table runner with beaded trim and how to alter it slightly to create a memorable table runner with tassels. Gloria also offers helpful hints that will show you how to achieve a professional-looking finish every time.
Complete with a 13-page techniques section, A Beginner's Guide to Home Sewing reveals the secrets behind choosing and using the right fabrics and equipment.$29.99
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
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