Merchant & Mills Workbook

Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Author : Merchant & Mills
  • Publisher : Pavilion
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2015-05-28
  • ISBN : 1909397423

Merchant & Mills Workbook Book Review:

Make six classic garments and create a stylish multi-layered wardrobe from scratch. Full-size patterns are provided for a neat vest with a boxer back detail, an elegant bias-cut long-sleeved dress, a simple long gathered skirt with a drawstring waist, a batwing wrap top, an oversized drop-shoulder jacket and a pair of classic wide leg trousers. By choosing seasonal cloth, the versatility of these projects can be enjoyed from the first hint of spring to the end of winter. The aim of this book is to move beyond simplicity and dare the maker to develop new skills. With variations for tops, dresses, shorts and a coat, our precise step-by-step instructions and inspiring photography will enable you sew with confidence. The reward will be an all season, multi-layer wardrobe by your own hand. We hope you, the reader, are ready for this set of challenges and willing to pace yourselves through the more complicated garments. Full-size patterns for all six garments are included, ready to be traced off and put to good use immediately. Make fashion work.

Merchant & Mills Sewing Book

Merchant & Mills Sewing Book
  • Author : Carolyn Denham,Roderick Field
  • Publisher : Collins & Brown
  • Pages : 411
  • Relase : 2014-05-07
  • ISBN : 9781910231012

Merchant & Mills Sewing Book Book Review:

Keep it simple and do it well. The Merchant & Mills Sewing Book contains fifteen step-by-step projects aimed at guiding you gently but firmly through the basics of sewing. Each project you make from this book will be stylish, but above all, useful. Part I of the book presents a fundamental overview on the art of sewing, the tools and materials you will need and homegrown tips on essential good practice. In Part II, seasoned dressmaker Carolyn Denham leads you step by step through fifteen achievable projects, each building on the skills gained as you progress through the book. First, equip your sewing room with practical items you never knew you needed, such as a Tailor’s Ham, Sleeve Roll and an Ironing Board Cover (essential items for good pressing practice), a Hussif (the ever ready portable sewing kit) and a Maker’s Apron (utilitarian chic for good workers). Then go on to use your new sewing skills to make cushions, throws and bags before progressing on to garments with the Tailored Shawl and Fisherman’s Top, using the paper patterns provided in the back of the book. Make them all and you will be a very capable dressmaker with a raft of functional, beautiful, handmade goods.

Elementary Sewing Skills

Elementary Sewing Skills
  • Author : Merchant & Mills
  • Publisher : Pavilion
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2014-07-17
  • ISBN : 1909397415

Elementary Sewing Skills Book Review:

A super-stylish new handbook from Merchant & Mills containing all the answers to sewing’s most frequently asked questions. Providing an overview on the art of sewing, this handy volume is packed with information on the tools and materials you will need, seasoned with homegrown tips on essential good practice. Topics given the full Merchant & Mills treatment range from the planning stages through to putting the finishing touches to your project. Measuring and marking, form (including darts and gathering), seams, ease, hems, interfacing and closures such as buttons and zips are all covered. There is expert advice on using and understanding patterns, performing basic alterations, and of course plenty of tips on making the most of any dressmaker's best friend – the iron. Successful sewing is very achievable: just make sure that you have this book to hand at all times, and bear in mind the Merchant & Mills motto: do it once, do it well.

Botanical Sketchbook

Botanical Sketchbook
  • Author : Mary Ann Scott,Margaret Stevens
  • Publisher : Batsford
  • Pages : 297
  • Relase : 2015-03-05
  • ISBN : 9781849943024

Botanical Sketchbook Book Review:

This is the story of one woman's journey from amateur painter to botanical artist, told through the sketchbooks and paintings she produced for the Distance Learning Diploma Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists. Packed with advice and tips, this book will serve as a guide and inspiration to anyone wanting to embark on life as a botanical artist. This book is both a showcase of Mary Ann Scott's work and a record of her achievements, including first-hand accounts of the joys and challenges she faced as she progressed. It contains work from every assignment she undertook, from her first attempts at drawing a tulip to the triumphant paintings she made for her diploma portfolio. Along the way are delicate floral compositions, juicy fruit and vegetables, botanical dissections, and her adventures out in the field. Margaret Stevens's comments on each assignments are also included, giving an insight into the assessment process and an all-round view of Mary Ann's successes and (very rare) failures. The book ends with a glorious selection of Mary Ann's ongoing work as a botanical artist.

The Sewing Book

The Sewing Book
  • Author : Alison Smith
  • Publisher : Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Pages : 403
  • Relase : 2009-02-02
  • ISBN : 9781405340786

The Sewing Book Book Review:

The ultimate sewing bible for beginners, students and seasoned stitchers wanting to perfect their skills Whether you want to make soft furnishings, clothing or just do alterations this is the book that everyone interested in sewing needs. Follow step-by-steps and master every technique you’ll ever need; from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Every hand and machine stitch and technique is clearly shown and easy to follow, guiding you through every move. Follow 25 stylish projects, for the home and to wear, which will enable you to take your sewing skills to perfection. Plus, get properly kitted out; close up photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and guarantee you know exactly how to use it. Tucks, pleats, hems, darts, edges, pockets, buttonholes, zips – whatever you want to sew find out how.

The Act of Sewing

The Act of Sewing
  • Author : Sonya Philip
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 185
  • Relase : 2021-04-27
  • ISBN : 9781611808339

The Act of Sewing Book Review:

An in-depth guide to sewing simple garments--with four full-size patterns and all the tricks of alteration and embellishment explained so that you can make a wardrobe all your own. Maybe you learned to sew in school and have a sewing machine, but it hasn't seen the outside of the closet since your last move. Or maybe you are completely new to the craft, with a lot of enthusiasm, but no idea how to thread your machine. No matter where you're coming from in terms of experience, this sewing workbook 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, 100 Acts of Sewing designer Sonya Philip then 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 Sonya'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.

Print, Pattern, Sew

Print, Pattern, Sew
  • Author : Jen Hewett
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 178
  • Relase : 2018-05-22
  • ISBN : 9781611804621

Print, Pattern, Sew Book Review:

Create bold block prints for a completely custom wardrobe--print fabrics, customize patterns, and sew garments that truly express your own style. This book offers: • Clear how-to instructions for carving motifs from soft blocks, plus 13 designs to get you started • A guide to printing on fabric and construct repeating patterns • 13 projects and full-size patterns for garments and accessories for a complete hand-printed wardrobe Infuse your everyday style with more color, more pattern, and more personality. Printmaker and textile designer Jen Hewett presents her distinctive process for block-printing yards of fabric with garment sewing in mind. Explore the process of designing and printing fabric through step-by-step instruction on carving blocks and printing pattern repeats. Hewett makes creating custom, hand-printed fabric approachable and doable. Inspired by her California home, Hewett's designs reference the plants and landscape around her through botanical motifs, organic shapes, and a bold graphic quality. Paired with a playful use of color, the pattern designs here offer the perfect place to start with block-printing. Once you've printed your fabric, it's time to sew. With sewing patterns for simple garments and accessories, you'll discover the play between fabric and finished project and work toward building a highly customizable wardrobe. With step-by-step photos, clear instructions, and full-size sewing patterns this is a complete guide to sewing clothes that truly reflect your style and personality.

The Maker's Atelier: The Essential Collection

The Maker's Atelier: The Essential Collection
  • Author : Frances Tobin
  • Publisher : Quadrille Publishing
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2017-03-07
  • ISBN : 1849499047

The Maker's Atelier: The Essential Collection Book Review:

The Maker's Atelier is for women of any age or shape who want to dress well but cannot always find what they want in stores. Frances Toibin's self-proclaimed mission is to help fashion-conscious women create their own beautiful clothes to wear with style. It is founded on the belief that the simplest shapes in the finest fabrics make the most successful clothes. In The Essential Collection, designer Frances has taken the key shapes from some of the most enduring fashion trends, such as the pencil skirt and the boxy shirt, and refined them into clear dressmaking patterns with easy-to-follow instructions. Frances has sources the perfect fabrics to suit each garments and shows four alternative looks for each pattern to provide further technical know-how as well as style ideas to enable the home dressmaker to make their own capsule collection of garments unique to them. For example, the pencil skirt is shown in navy gabardine to suit an elegant working wardrobe, but alternatively this skirt takes on an edgier look when made up in metallic stretch fabric with a raw hem. With dressmaking patterns supplied in the pack alongside the book, and given in sizes 4 to 16, The Capsule Collection makes it possible for all women - whether dressmaking novices or accomplished seamstresses - to own an enviable selection of timeless and adaptable staple garments.

Nani Iro's Sewing Studio

Nani Iro's Sewing Studio
  • Author : Naomi Ito
  • Publisher : World Book Media
  • Pages : 128
  • Relase : 2019-06-15
  • ISBN : 1940552397

Nani Iro's Sewing Studio Book Review:

Fresh from Japan, the much-anticipated collection of Nani Iro sewing patterns is finally available in English! Beloved by art fans and textile enthusiasts around the world, Nani Iro fabric has developed a cult following since the brand's inception by artist Naomi Ito in 2002. With their simple, yet artful design, the 18 garment patterns in this book showcase fluid movement and beautiful drape for signature Nani Iro style. You'll find instructions for stitching up a wardrobe of comfortable, flowy pieces that you'll look forward to wearing again and again, including The Basic Blouse, The Cocoon Dress, and The Everyday Jumpsuit. Inside, you'll find outfit inspiration for mixing and matching me-made pieces to create artistically layered outfits. Plus, take a behind-the-scenes look at the brand's studio in Osaka for glimpse at the studio team's favorite ways to style their Nani Iro pieces.

Peace, Love, & Barbecue

Peace, Love, & Barbecue
  • Author : Mike Mills,Amy Mills Tunnicliffe
  • Publisher : Rodale
  • Pages : 362
  • Relase : 2005-05-20
  • ISBN : 9781594861093

Peace, Love, & Barbecue Book Review:

An entertaining cookbook, memoir, and travelogue presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the barbecue contest circuit, with one hundred prize-winning recipes, as well as the author's own treasured family dishes and contributions from friends, that encompass all kinds of meat, fish, poultry, sauces and dry rubs, soups, side dishes, and tasty sweets. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe
  • Author : Arianna Cadwallader,Cathy McKinnon
  • Publisher : Kyle Books
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2021-06-10
  • ISBN : 9781914239144

Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe Book Review:

Foreword by Dawn O'Porter A capsule wardrobe is timeless, stylish and effortlessly chic. Composed of go-to pieces that can be dressed up or down, it is the perfect antidote to the overstuffed drawers and ill-fitting cheap outfits from the high street. In this practical but inspiring book, seamstress Arianna Cadwallader and designer Cathy McKinnon present sewing patterns and instructions for the five key pieces that will form the basis of your own capsule wardrobe: A great shift dress Well-fitting trousers A simple yet stylish skirt A light blouse A jersey vest Their focus is on quality and fit - all the patterns can be adapted to fit and suit you perfectly, whether you prefer long, short or cap sleeves, high or low waistbands, and slim, straight or wide legged trousers. You can then mix and match your garments to create a variety of looks and styles. Aimed at advanced beginners, the book guides you through how to measure yourself and all the techniques you will need. With a foreword by TV star Dawn O'Porter, this is the essential guide to creating your perfect wardrobe.

Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style

Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style
  • Author : Lotta Jansdotter
  • Publisher : Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2015-09-23
  • ISBN : 1617691747

Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style Book Review:

When Lotta Jansdotter steps out in one of her signature outfits, fans always ask, "Did you make that yourself?" Often the answer is, "Yes, and so can you!" With that in mind, the style icon created Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, a pattern book/inspiration guide anchored by five easy, versatile sewing patterns--skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat--and highlighted with quick DIY accessories, including hats, bags, scarves, and jewelry. Photographed over the course of a year in her life in New York, Tennessee, India, and Sweden and organized by season, Jansdotter shares her sources of inspiration and how she and her friends mix and match her key pieces while working, play- ing, resting, and traveling. Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style brings Jansdotter's infectious and sought-after sense of style to new followers and longtime devotees alike.

A Kid's Guide to Sewing

A Kid's Guide to Sewing
  • Author : Sophie Kerr
  • Publisher : C&T Publishing Inc
  • Pages : 148
  • Relase : 2013-07-01
  • ISBN : 9781607057529

A Kid's Guide to Sewing Book Review:

A beginner’s guide and visual dictionary for young people who want to learn to sew, packed with photos: “Some of the coolest projects we've seen.”—Kiki Magazine With this book by Sophie Kerr—with some help from her parents, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio—kids can learn how to navigate a sewing machine, make smart fabric choices, and use basic sewing tools. Sixteen kid-friendly projects run the gamut from clothes to bags to accessories, while clear, step-by-step instructions walk kids through the creation of each. Throughout the book, tips from Sophie offer design and construction advice from a kid's perspective—and move from simpler to more complex projects as kids’ skills develop. The book "grows" with the sewist, offering more complex project as the reader's skills develop. It also functions as a visual dictionary of tools, materials, and terms that will be a go-to reference for young sewists.

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls
  • Author : Yuki Araki
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Pages : 239
  • Relase : 2014-09-09
  • ISBN : 9781462916108

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls Book Review:

Make your own cute and fashionable clothes for girls with this easy-to-use sewing book. Author, Yuki Araki is one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-children movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY sewing favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable. Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the sewing patterns in this Japanese sewing book are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides westernized patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame. Sewing designs include: Shoulder-tie camisole top and dress Classic smock shirt and dress Four variations of a basic elastic-waist skirt Shorts and easy-breezy kid-style leggings to pair with any top Button-front and pullover tops Adorable bucket hat Moms will love dressing their girls in these economical and easy-to-make clothes. Nothing could be simpler—or sweeter!

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids
  • Author : Akiko Mano
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 105
  • Relase : 2014-11-11
  • ISBN : 9781611801583

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids Book Review:

Simple and natural clothes to sew for girls ages 4 to 7--from the author of Linen, Wool, Cotton. From feminine dresses to menswear-inspired outfits, this collection of coordinated separates for girls ages 4 to 7 can be easily modified to suit the season or the child--simply choose basic colors and versatile fabrics for different seasons to make mix-and-match separates. With an emphasis on natural fabrics, these garments are designed to allow the nature of the fabric to come through. These classic styles for dresses, tops, pants, and accessories are the perfect addition to your child's wardrobe. Includes full-size patterns and detailed instructional illustrations: Each garment is accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and actual-size patterns.

Sew Over It Vintage

Sew Over It Vintage
  • Author : Lisa Comfort
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2020-04-23
  • ISBN : 9781473582903

Sew Over It Vintage Book Review:

**Includes simple and accessible instructions for how to cut your own patterns** Following on from her successful first book, Sew Over It Vintage is a brand new collection of fabulous projects from sewing expert Lisa Comfort. Inspired by Lisa’s love of vintage style and fashion, the stylish projects each have a vintage twist but still retain the modern style, allowing these pieces to work with and complement the rest of your wardrobe and your home. Featuring 25 projects, ranging from jewellery, hats, tops, dresses and bags, to cushions, lampshades, placemats, lanterns and a luxury chair pouffe, there are ideas for those who want to quickly create an accessory on a lazy afternoon as well as suggestions for those that want to invest their time in a large and impressive project. Every project has a clearly labeled skill level as well as step-by-step photography, ensuring the directions couldn’t be any easier to follow. And with instructions on how to draft your very own bodice block, all the clothing can be made to fit your body shape perfectly. There is no better way to inject some classic vintage style into your everyday life.

My Felt Doll

My Felt Doll
  • Author : Shelly Down
  • Publisher : David & Charles
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2015-08-28
  • ISBN : 9781446370995

My Felt Doll Book Review:

Hand-sewing soft dolls has never been easier with these adorable patterns from the Gingermelon Dolls designer. The eagerly anticipated first book by popular toy designer Shelly Down, My Felt Doll shows sewers of all abilities how to make adorable soft dolls—and more than forty accompanying accessories—using the most basic of materials and skills. With just felt sheets and a handful of simple notions, you will learn how to sew the simple yet delightful doll pattern and then discover eleven imaginative variations on the design—from a mermaid to a witch, from a princess to a superhero, and from a ballerina to a bride—guaranteed to delight little girls everywhere. With no hems to sew and all the stitching done by hand, My Felt Doll makes a great entry point to sewing dolls for beginners and even children. Full-size templates make life easy—trace straight from the page with no need to enlarge. “Totally lovely . . . The instructions are clear and Shelly’s hand-drawn illustrations for each step are a perfect accompaniment . . . This is one of those instances in which buying a book is really worthwhile.” —While She Naps “Great for absolute beginners with no sewing experience . . . Also, a great addition to an experienced plushie maker . . . as the details and color palette will surely inspire you in your next customization.” —Noisybeak “The cutest book . . . Since the dolls are entirely handsewn out of wool felt, they take a little extra time, but the end results were so cute!” —Clover & Violet

Building the Pattern

Building the Pattern
  • Author : Laura Huhta,Saara Huhta
  • Publisher : Quadrille Publishing
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2021-04
  • ISBN : 1787135497

Building the Pattern Book Review:

The fashionable Finnish sewing duo are back with a second book that shows you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe - complete with a collection of 20 garments that are easy to make, wear and combine. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions, Scandi sisters Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirts, and trousers for the modern seamstress. Using the five essential building blocks, choose, customize and adapt the designs in this book to create a variety of flattering garments for every occasion that suit your style and fit your figure. Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Building the Pattern offers expert advice on how to achieve the perfect fit, alter the designs and add your own personal twist. Discover how to create clothes with care, build your sewing repertoire and embrace the slow fashion movement. Six full-size pattern sheets are included in this neat package. The patterns are in a range of sizes from UK sizes 8 to 22 (US size 2 to 18 / 34 to 50 EUR sizes), with concise information on measuring yourself and technical sewing tips to sew for your shape.

Breaking the Pattern

Breaking the Pattern
  • Author : Saara Huhta,Laura Huhta
  • Publisher : Quadrille Publishing
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2018-11-06
  • ISBN : 1787131831

Breaking the Pattern Book Review:

Scandinavian fashion has long been admired for its stylish, clean-lined, interesting cuts and aesthetic. Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty and uniqueness of Scandinavian style. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions this book will show you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe – complete with a collection of 10 garments that are easy to make, wear, and combine with each other. From the Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirt and trousers for the modern seamstress. You will build your skills as you work through the book and with plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there's lots of room for you to add your own personal touches and quirks to each design. Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Breaking the Pattern will inspire you to not only build on your sewing repertoire but to grow in confidence with your own sewing. Patterns come in a range of sizes from US sizes 4 to 16, with concise information of measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit. Full size pattern sheets are included in this neat package, perfect for the contemporary dressmaker.

The Gentleman's Wardrobe

The Gentleman's Wardrobe
  • Author : Vanessa Mooncie
  • Publisher : GMC Publications
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2017-03-07
  • ISBN : 1861087470

The Gentleman's Wardrobe Book Review:

For debonair gentlemen who eschew denim if favor of tweed, and feel that grooming and gallantry should not be consigned to history, this book will suit your needs. Featuring a cornucopia of elegant garments and accessories to sew, this beautifully illustrated book is full of inspiration and charm. Including beautiful garments such as pajamas, vest, trousers and jacket, plus indispensable accessories such as a cravat tie, flat cap and wallet, there's something for every fellow who's looking to be urbane than urban. Whether you make these smart projects for yourself of a loved one, this selection of vintage-style projects will put a spring in anyone's step.