The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Making your Own Clothes

Book - 2012
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Perfect for anyone interested in sewing -- whether it's updating an old top or creating an A-line skirt from scratch -- Dressmaking covers everything one needs to know to make, alter, and customize clothes.

Sewers will discover what supplies to buy and how to use them, the best fabrics to choose based on drape and weave, how to understand patterns and alter them, and the essential general techniques to master -- plus patterns and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for a skirt, dress, shirt, tee, jacket, and pair of pants -- including suggested variations!

Finishing up with tips and inspiration on alterations, repairs, and customizing any clothes, from dealing with holes and tears to lengthening and shortening sleeves, this handy guide is the dressmaking bible no budding seamstress should be without.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DK Publishing, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780756698201
Branch Call Number: 646.2 SMI 2012
Characteristics: 320 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Mar 16, 2019

This book is a very comprehensive book and would be a very strong start to anybody interested in learning to sew women’s clothes. The book goes over basic sewing techniques, shows a basic pattern for many items (skirts blouses jackets), and basic modifications to those starting styles, including how to fit them to a body. As a seasoned sewer used to seeing only one style of thing offered , I am especially happy to see the compare/contrast pages of the different basic styles of skirts, styles of blouses, styles of dresses.

RGHanna Sep 13, 2018

This book is a wonderful reference. I am a self-taught sewist with no patience for YouTube videos. I’ve recently decided to move beyond bags and conquer my fear of sewing apparel. I’ve been frustrated by how homemade-looking my garments have come out, and I searched and searched for a comprehensive guide to the nitty-gritty issues I’ve come across. This book covers so many things, beginner to intermediate/advanced! It has great photos and very clear instructions. I don’t plan to use the patterns contained in the book, but they are very versatile and wonderfully comprehensive.

Mar 05, 2015

This is another win for DK publishing.
Although it is not a Singer Sewing Refernce Book ( To me they are the top book out there) this comes as a good close second. With the pictures of the techniques and the added projects (Singer Sewing Reference dosen't have those) to help you cemment the technique in your mind.

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