The Savvy Seamstress

An Illustrated Guide to Customizing Your Favorite Patterns

Nicole Mallalieu


Transform your favourite garment patterns, one small detail at a time. Add or remove pockets, adjust the neckline or swap a zippered back to a button front!

With step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and how-to photos, you'll learn to make and sew endless variations on your favourite men's, women's and children's garment patterns, with a professional finish. Whether you have basic sewing skills or are a confident dressmaker, you can learn to be your own fashion designer.

  • Give your new handmade wardrobe a professional finish – learn to alter existing patterns using fashion industry methods
  • Add stylish details like pockets, plackets and zippers with how-to illustrations and photos, with lots of sewing tricks and tips
  • Change up waistlines, shirt yokes, necklines, sleeves, cuffs and more to adapt your favourite garment or develop your limitless fashion wardrobe


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    255 x 215mm
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    Stash Books
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