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Print, Pattern, Sew: Block-Printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe
Print, Pattern, Sew
Block-Printing Basics + Simple Sewing Projects for an Inspired Wardrobe
Hardcover      ISBN: 1611804620
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.
Tiny Stitches: Buttons, Badges, Patches, and Pins to Embroider
Tiny Stitches
Buttons, Badges, Patches, and Pins to Embroider
Paperback      ISBN: 1611806631
Wear magic on your sleeve--20 teeny-tiny embroidery projects for completely unique pins, buttons, badges, patches, and more.

Discover the magical world of Irem Yazici's embroidery. Flowers, moons, and UFOs are just a few of the 50 motifs presented in Tiny Stitches. Wear your heart on your sleeve, literally, through small-scale projects for embroidered pins, buttons, patches, and more. Embellish your outfits, decorate your walls, and make unique gifts for your loved ones with these 20 colorful and stylish projects.

From celestial to nautical, botanical to fruit motifs, and many more, in this book you'll find 50 modern motifs along with 20 beginner-friendly, fun project ideas featuring easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions with full-size photographs and helpful tips. Besides stitching, you'll learn how to make your own buttons, pins, and patches that will take your creativity to the next level.
Mend & Patch: A Handbook to Repairing Clothes and Textiles
Mend & Patch
A Handbook to Repairing Clothes and Textiles
Paperback      ISBN: 1911624938
Learn how to take care of your clothes by mending, patching, and repairing them, so you can extend the life of your most treasured garments.

In the farthest corner of her clothes store in Stockholm, Sweden, Kerstin has a mending studio. When it's quiet in the shop, she sits by her sewing machine and gives a new lease of life to people's favorite jeans. Whatever the wear and tear, Kerstin arms you with the skills and ideas you need to mend your own clothes and promote sustainable fashion. Find out emergency tips for mending in a hurry, enhance your clothes with decorative stitches, and learn to mend for and with different materials, including leather, cotton, wool, and denim. Packed full of simple fixes for sewing on buttons and repairing holes in pockets, as well as more advanced techniques like darning and weaving in new fabric, this book is perfect for sewers, crafters, and fashion lovers of all abilities.
Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls
Sundressing
Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls
Paperback      ISBN: 1440244545

Create 21 fun, feminine looks that capture the essence of summer

Sundressing is a sensibility played out at barbecues and on vacations and in days without a plan. It's the slip dress you pull over a swimsuit at the pool and the frock you layer over leggings while dreaming of warmer days. And it's the effortless style this book will help you achieve.

Featuring 10 women's dresses and 11 dresses for girls, and ranging from toddler to plus-size, each project starts with instructions for a bodice and a skirt, but from there, it's up to you From the simple and pretty lines of the classic Primrose sundress to the edgy and stylish shape of the city-chic SoCo dress, you'll find the instruction and inspiration you need to make your own unique and custom-fitted dresses. Change the skirt length or style, try different fabrics and prints--make each dress a one-of-a-kind piece

Whether you're working on something lovely and versatile for everyday wear or creating a stunning showstopper for your next night out, you don't have to be afraid to mix it up. Your new warm-weather wardrobe is waiting in the pages of Sundressing

Natural Patchwork: 26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric, and Home
Natural Patchwork
26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric, and Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1590308816

Whether you are at home or out enjoying a walk on a wooded path, you can add a touch of color and comfort to your daily routines with one or more of the twenty-six projects featured here. By using the patchwork placemats to enliven your dining experience or by taking the hexagon patchwork bag on a picnic in a meadow, you never have to stray too far from the comfort of patchwork. The simple and traditional patchwork styles used in this book are paired with retro fabrics and contemporary designs to create everyday items.

Detailed diagrams and instructions are provided for each project. In addition, six mini-lessons on patchwork sewing are offered, making the projects here perfect for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Make the projects in this book and add the warmth of handmade to your home and nature outings.
The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store
The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion
The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690880

"Designers, we're going to Mood "

More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York's ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. Now, the experts behind this fabric power- house bring their fabric and fashion know-how--plus their behind-the-scenes stories--to the sewing public. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals--from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction--and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.

Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More
Mending Matters
Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419729470
Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold--but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.
Practical Pattern Making: A Step-By-Step Guide
Practical Pattern Making
A Step-By-Step Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1770856110

More and more women are making their own clothes but there are few comprehensive references available. For the most part, dedicated sewers have had to adjust standardized patterns or muddle their way through foreign-language books.

In Practical Pattern Making two pattern-making experts and designers introduce the basic techniques of creative pattern design for clothing. It is intended to help fashion students, designers and enthusiastic sewers develop and create a variety of styles, regardless of complexity.

The book uses photographs, examples, diagrams and templates to explain all of the techniques, formulas and professional tricks to create a custom-tailored skirt, suit or dress. The tutorial style poses questions that encourage problem-solving.

Features include:

  • How to measure the body, with 13 illustrative photographs
  • Blank professional worksheets to copy and use
  • 40 scaled pattern templates with all markings
  • How to draw and mark a sized pattern with darts, pleats and so on
  • Modeling and draping to design and fit a pattern
  • Working with fabric grain and bias
  • Photos of garments in process and finished
  • The 40 garment selections begin with a basic skirt and progress from a fitted jacket and suit to an asymmetrical balloon dress, flounce dress, tissue dresses and more. All require just a few pattern pieces.
Sewing Machine Magic: Make the Most of Your Machine--Demystify Presser Feet and Other Accessories * Tips and Tricks for Smooth Sewing * 10 E
Sewing Machine Magic
Make the Most of Your Machine--Demystify Presser Feet and Other Accessories * Tips and Tricks for Smooth Sewing * 10 E
Paperback      ISBN: 1589239504
Sewing machines are complicated machines, but with the instruction you'll find in Sewing Machine Magic, you can make even an old sewing machine work wonders.

With just a little know-how and the right accessories, you can get the most out of your sewing machine and give all your sewing and quilting projects a professional look

In Sewing Machine Magic, author and sewing expert Steffani Lincecum shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence, and explains how to easily find and use the right presser feetand other accessories for your machine, whether you purchased it at retail or found it at a yard sale.

You'll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formation for every project, and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other accessories, from the basics to more specialized tools designed to maximize efficiency, precision, and creativity. The 10 fashion and home decor projects show inventive ways to use some of the feet and accessories.
Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions
Create the Perfect Fit
Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions
Hardcover      ISBN: 1440239614

Create the best fit for your body

In Create the Perfect Fit, Joi Mahon debunks traditional fitting rules and shares her measure yourself, measure your pattern style of fitting to help you achieve the best fit possible. With detailed instructions and illustrations, she'll walk you through the process of measuring your body, applying your measurements to a commercial pattern and creating an exact muslin that will become the base for any future pattern you sew. Learn how one pattern of any size can be adjusted to fit any body type.

With Joi's tips and techniques, you'll eliminate fit anxiety and be sewing perfect garments in no time