Translated into English, the book contains 26 projects for beautiful dresses and blouses. Elegant and loose-fitting, the pieces are designed to be worn in any season and are suitable for women of all ages.
The easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by detailed diagrams and gorgeous full-colour photographs. The full-sized pattern sheets have been adapted for Western sizing and run from AU 6 – 16.
• Smock Blouse with Garibaldi sleeves
• Dress with a round yoke
• Dress with front pleats
• Button up blouse
• Tunic dress with slit sleeves
• Linen dress with lovely pintucks
• Scallop-edged dress …
With accessible and clear instructions, this book teaches and builds upon basic skills to build up a repertoire of techniques and ideas, until you are able to design and adapt your own ideas and develop an individual sewing style. The book features:
- Guides to winding the bobbin, threading the machine up correctly and adjusting the settings
- Instructions on the skills necessary for making simple projects, such as measuring, cutting, pinning, tacking and understanding fabrics
- Common techniques for inserting a zip, taking up a hem and more
- Several gorgeous projects with step-by-step instructions to provide practice and inspiration
These 15 occasion 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 bags 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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Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels.
First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern and bold, but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning and weaving.
In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.
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The author is a truly authentic environmental and sustainability warrior and a teacher,and as well as outlining various projects very clearly in text and pictures writes brilliantly about the detrimental effects of fast, mass manufactured fashion on the planet and sequentially our lives. A really good read and inspirational as well!$34.99
This practical book explains how to make garments that really fit you and flatter your shape. Aimed at those home sewers who lack confidence in fitting, this book will be your best friend and will guide you through the process of sewing successful clothes with a professional fit and finish.
- Fully explains the information on the pattern envelope and how to use it
- Gives detailed help on deciding what size of pattern you should cut and how to use the different sizes when cutting your pattern
- Provides clear instructions on taking key body measurements, and tips for seeing and understanding what your body shape actually is
- Explains how to fit on a dressform and how to adjust a dressform so that it resembles your personal size and shape
- Encourages you to be confident and creative, and to take the next step with your dressmaking
First Time Sewing with a Serger is a beginner’s guide to sewing with a serger – the various types of machines, the function of several stitches and the best stitches for a range of fabric types – plus nine fun and easy starter projects.
Start by learning how a serger works, the many styles available and the roles of various parts and accessories. Get a detailed overview of the variety of functional and decorative stitches you can make, plus must-have threads, tools and notions. Next, familiarize yourself with how to thread your serger, set the stitch size and use it to start and end seams, sew curves and corners and more.
Finally, you'll use these essential skills to make the nine fun, easy garment and home decor projects – skills you'll turn to again and again to create your own professional-looking pieces!$29.99
Make your own gorgeous bunting designs in a range of stunning fabrics and finishes – perfect sewing projects to adorn the home and garden. These designs are also great for parties, weddings or to celebrate Christmas.
- 20 Designs
- All patterns included for Christmas Tree Bunting, Name Bunting, Pleated Fan, Lace Flower Bunting and more!
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
Learn to make 20 button designs using fabric as an embellishment to a garment or as a piece of jewellery or accessory. Gina Barrett uses techniques such as stitching, embroidery and beading, and provides shaped templates for those projects where the reader may need more assistance.
The buttons are all worked at a small size, so will require limited materials and thread for a polished finish. There are no complex button-making techniques here; all the buttons can be created by the reader at home, following Gina's straightforward instructions and stitch diagrams.
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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$44.99
This book presents the most frequently-asked questions, and offers concise answers to all aspects of altering, mending and repairing dresses, skirts, coats and other garments.
It begins with learning the basics of mending by hand. This entails learning how to hold and thread a needle, knot the thread and sew several different mending stitches. Topics that follow include:
- Sewing on buttons, hooks and snaps
- Letting down and shortening hemlines, especially for children's clothing
- Changing the shapes of sleeves and waistlines
- Taking in, shortening and adjusting waistbands for pants and skirts, and much more
The author presents a wealth of mending and sewing tips that make it easy for everybody, especially beginners, to give altered garments a truly professional appearance. Approximately 100 color diagrams, photos and illustrations.$29.99$12.99
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
These 29 bags that will appeal to everyone – beginners, advanced sewers, teachers – including a stylish tote made from Japanese printed cloth; an ultrasuede quilted tote with crocodile leather appliqué and bamboo handles; a Devore velvet drawstring pouch with beaded fringe; an evening confection of black and white feathers; envelope bag made from a sari border with beaded tassels and a beaded shoulder strap.
Comprehensive overview on sewing and assembly techniques, as well as embellishing with beads, fringes and stencils. 150 beautiful colour photos plus 125 illustrations for step-by-step success. Inspirational gallery of artists' works. Patterns in envelope in back cover.$29.99$12.99
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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