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Dressmaking: The Easy Guide: Mix and match skirts, sleeves and necklines for over 80 stylish variations

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Interesting and informative book, though not a complete beginner there is still plenty of information that will make a difference to my sewing. With very few exceptions, we all wear clothes and have drawers and wardrobes full of them. Very few of us know the person who made our clothes, or even which country they were made in. In this post we look at a few of the basics of dressmaking for beginners.

You won't need all of the supplies listed here, but they might come in handy! Here are a few things to add to your sewing supplies: Helen has gained a solid reputation for her superlative dressmaking skills which has led her to share her knowledge and passion through teaching. Helen set up the 'All Sewn Up Wales' sewing workshops in 2010, designed to help people learn and develop new skills, whilst meeting like-minded creative people. Her expert tuition has attracted students from around the world and she regularly makes guest appearances on national television. Seam ripper – used for pulling out seams. Use this if you're reusing fabric from old clothes or if you make a mistake when working with a sewing machine

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The language of sewing and dressmaking is demystified at the beginning of the book, as well as the equipment you need to get started.

great book but it needs to tell you that you have to add seam allowance, only mentioned a few times, needs to be CLEARLY stated from the start The 5 patterns can be put together to create 80 different dress styles; adapted to make 4 different skirts or 4 tops; or the pattern for the straight skirt can be joined to any of the bodice patterns to make a straight dress.The key to this book lies in discarding conventional high street sizing and taking measurements of YOUR body. Helen explains how to take comprehensive measurements of your own figure and some extra useful measurements too, with a handy chart you can copy and use. I love that Helen has included measurements of real women so you can see her method in action. A well written book giving the opportunity of any level of sewer to learn the skill of drawing there own patterns and making the most of there own designs of clothes.

account differences in body size across bust, waist and hips. Trace off your pattern pieces, then create a sample (toile) in calico which you can then adapt to create the dress of your dreams, in your own choice of fabulous fabric.


How to sew a button – if you only learn one skill, then make it this one! It might save the day if you have a fashion emergency.

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