The Act of Sewing

How to Make and Modify Clothes to Wear Every Day

Sonya Philip


No matter where you're coming from in terms of experience, The Act of Sewing offers four basic patterns – two tops, a skirt and a pair of pants – that empower you to express your personal style and make clothes that are comfortable for your body type.

After explaining the basic concepts of sewing and construction, the author provides suggestions for mixing the basic patterns together to create new garment iterations as you gain confidence – structural adjustments such as full bust, no bust, long torso, big, small, etc., as well as a range of possible alterations and embellishments including sleeves, pockets, hems, and more! Going beyond simple pattern instructions, this book will make sewing garments accessible for every body type – each pattern comes in sizes ranging from XS to 5X.

With inspiring essays on the author's sewing philosophy that speak to the slow and ethical fashion movement, this will be the go-to guide for all aspirational and seasoned sewists.


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    260 x 210mm
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